Big Burns Supper ‘Shouts’ About 2017 Line-up

Dumfries and Galloways Big Burns Supper line-up includes Ukulele Orchestra of GreatBritain, Lulu and Seth Lakeman in new ten day format!

The programme for the 2017 Festival has been unveiled with headliners including Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, CharlieLandsborough, Lulu, King Creosote, Seth Lakeman, Nicola Benedetti and Hackney Colliery Band.

The new ten-day format Festival in Dumfries, runs from the 20th – 29th January, and has become the
biggest Burns Night celebration in Scotland expecting to entertain an anticipated 30,000 attendees
over ten days.

Other highlights include the return of Le Haggis, the fourth and biggest edition of the high-energy
five-star award winning Caledonian cabaret, which moves to its new home at the Easterbrook Hall.
There is also a strong emphasis on family participation with the introduction of free tickets for
children at selected afternoon shows, including the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, who are
performing on Sunday 22nd January at 2pm.

Lulu will entertain audiences with a special Big Burns Supper show which will take place on Friday
20th January at 9pm.
Burns Night Live will run on the 25th January as a major celebration of Dumfries & Galloway and a
way for all the family to celebrate at the earlier show time of 6.30pm.
An interactive Haggis Hunt will run for the duration of the Festival throughout the town centre and
will see the audience looking for sixteen different Hamish the Haggis mascots which are hidden
throughout the town centre.

Graham Main, Executive Producer

Graham Main, Executive Producer said;
“This year’s programme offers something for everybody, with shows and events for all tastes and
ages. We have tried to create a space where lots of different people can come together.”
The Carnival will make a return on the Sunday 22nd January and features a community cast of over
2,000 who will take to the streets for an explosion of creativity and community. This year, the
Carnival theme is Tam O’Shanter.

“Big Burns Supper is Dumfries at its very best – and we all play a part in that. We encourage
everyone to invite friends and family to come to the Festival. We’re having a party, and the whole
world is invited.”

Students will also be encouraged to try the Festival with free tickets for students available at
selected shows.
“Our new ticket offers help us grow the audience of the future, and it means that even more people
will take part than ever before. We recognise that money is a major barrier to cultural participation.”
The full programme will be announced at 17:59 on St. Andrews Day, which is also the year that
Robert Burns was born.

Tickets for all shows and events are available online at www.bigburnssupper.com or on 01387
271820 from today and tickets can be purchased in person from the Festival Box Office at the
Theatre Royal from 10am until 4pm, from the 1st December.

Big Burns Supper is produced by Dumfries based, Electric Theatre Workshop which is a year-round
cultural charity. Big Burns Supper Festival is supported by Scotland’s Winter Festivals Fund, Dumfries
& Galloway Council, Holywood Trust and major sponsors include Crichton Trust, SP Energy Networks
and 8020 Communications.

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