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Culture Trail: Burns&Beyond

The flagship Burns&Beyond Culture Trail will take place on the evening of Saturday 26 January, reminiscent of the hugely successful New Year’s Day event Scot:Lands, where audiences will embark on a cultural journey, discovering hidden performances on a trail leading them to eight landmark buildings and secret spaces spread across the city centre.

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Venues such as St Giles’ Cathedral, Freemason’s Hall, and Assembly Roxy will be transformed, providing surprises throughout the night, as audiences will only find out who is performing in each venue when they get there...

Lucky Middlemiss’s Tavern

At Lucky Middlemiss’s Tavern, audiences will discover Lau fiddler and composer Aidan O’Rourke and a stellar cast of artists and musicians (including piper Brighde Chaimbeul and singer Alasdair Roberts) recreating the atmosphere and the unstructured conviviality of an Edinburgh Old Town tavern at the time of Scotland’s Enlightenment, where the claret and ale flowed along with progressive discussion and apposite music. This will be both an uproarious and thought-provoking assembly of song, poetry, dance and rollicking tunes. 

The Lost Map’s Howlin’ Fling!

Curated by Pictish Trail, The Lost Map’s Howlin’ Fling! will present a recreation of Eigg’s legendary Ceilidh Hall and a feast of Hebridean music and Highland hospitality.

Neu! Reekie! 

Edinburgh art collective Neu! Reekie! presents an ebullient evening of live music and poetry, their annual twist on Burns is always one of their most eagerly anticipated happenings.

Expect the unexpected: the sinister, sanguine and surreal. Alongside some of the top names in the Scottish music and poetry scenes, there will be a dark, erotic, explosive performance of Tam o' Shanter performed by Kevin Williamson with the musicians and dancers of the Kixx Collective.

Disarming Reverberations

A special viewing of Museum of the Moon at St Giles’ Cathedral will be accompanied by Disarming Reverberations, a live performance from the award-winning composer Martin Green (Lau), bringing together the heart-breaking sounds of the Dublin cappella quartet Landless with the rich sound of Alba Brass and electronic manipulation to create a sonic world that is both entirely contemporary and immediately at home in the historic building.

The Red Rose Club, presented by The List Hot 100

The List Hot 100 presents The Red Rose Club, a night of electronic music featuring some of Scotland’s finest female DJ’s featuring Nightwave with special guests, Sofay and Ribeka.

Gilded Balloon Presents

Edinburgh’s legendary comedy promoters Gilded Balloon presents a line-up of top Scottish comedy including Glasgow’s Gary Meikle, alongside Jay Lafferty, Rosco McClelland, Billy Kirkland and Susan Riddle and other surprises on the night. 

Speed Whisky Tasting

Culture Trail ticket holders are invited to take part in an immersive, speed whisky tasting experience as part of Burns&Beyond.

Designed to educate and add a little bit of warmth on their evening’s trail, guests will sample the finest whisky from across the land and learn the intricacies of Scotland’s beloved nectar.

Scotland vs the World by Silent Adventures

Join the Silent Adventures Team as they lead you in song and dance with Scotland Vs The World around one of Edinburgh’s most beautiful locations.

Expect all your inhibitions to evaporate away as you don hi-tech headsets and bust some funky new moves whilst singing your heart out and serenading the rest of the world.

Find out more and book on the Burns&Beyond website.

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