Arts & Culture
Homecoming Scotland 2009
Celebrate Homecoming Scotland in 2009 with a series of events across Ayrshire, Glasgow and West Scotland.
Homecoming Scotland is a year long celebration to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, Scotland's national bard.
The celebrations commenced on the anniversary of Burns' birth, 25 January 2009, and run until St Andrew's Day on 30 November 2009.
The main themes for Homecoming are Scotland's contributions to the world in the shape of golf, whisky, Robert Burns, great minds and innovations as well as Scotland's ancestry and heritage.
A Scottish Government initiative, Homecoming is aimed at locals and visitors alike with a packed events calendar running across the year in all areas of Scotland.
Events in Ayrshire, Glasgow and West Scotland
Alloway, the birthplace of Robert Burns, began the Homecoming Celebrations with 'Iconic Burns', a visual tribute to Scotland's bard, on 24 January. The spectacular show had sights and sounds to kick-start the Homecoming celebrations in style with locations in the village including Burns Cottage, The Brig O’ Doon and The Auld Kirk being brought to life in an amazing lightshow.
In Glasgow, Homecoming celebrations began with 'Burns Illuminated', the story of Burns told in sound and light at Glasgow City Chambers. A Homecoming party took place on the evening of 25 January in George Square with music from the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and others.
Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival celebrates the work on Burns in a variety of concerts. Events included 'The Homecoming Scotland Suite' performed by the RSNO on 25 January and 'Bringing it all Back Home' Transatlantic Sessions on 30 January and 1 February where musicians explored traditional tunes that have crossed the Atlantic.
Mauchline Homecoming Marquee pipers
Mauchline, home to Burns when he was ploughman-poet, has events ranging from the Mauchline Ploughing Match on 29 March; The Mauchline Holy Fair, a historical community festival on 23 May and The Mauchline Homecoming Marquee, a 3 day event featuring a Burns supper, pipe band and poetry from 24 July - 26 July.
East Ayrshire also hosts the 'Burns an' a' that' Festival 16 May - 24 May which encompasses music, poetry, comedy and the arts with over 100 events across Ayrshire.
The Open at Turnberry is one of the main focal points for Homecoming in July. The 'Whole in One' golf exhibition at Maclaurin Galleries in Ayr charts the history of The Open Championship in Scotland as well as a unique chance to see golf memorabilia from private clubs and national golf collections. The exhibition runs fron 1 June to 31 August.
Timorous Beasties artwork in 'Creative Burns'
The Dick Institute in Kilmarnock pays tribute to artists past and present who have been influenced by Burns and includes new work by contemporary artists in 'Creative Burns'. The exhibition runs until mid May. Following on from this is an exhibition looking at Scottish innovators past and present that have an Ayrshire connection.
A major touring exhibition 'Zig Zag. The Paths of Robert Burns' featuring some of the 36,000 artefacts from Scotland's national collection of treasures associated with Robert Burns will be on display at The Mitchell Library, Glasgow from September to November.
The MOD returns to its birthplace, Oban, for Homecoming year. The MOD will take place from 9 - 17 October.
In the same week, the Cowal peninsula celebrates Homecoming with 'Cowalfest', a week devoted to environmental activities, walking and the arts.
The finale to Homecoming takes place on 28 November at Glasgow's SECC with 'Homecoming Live', a concert featuring top Scottish musicians.
last updated: 13/03/2009 at 15:29