Release your inner bard with a day of Burns-themed fun for all ages.

Celebrate the poetry and legacy of Robert Burns with our packed programme of creative activities and performances. Learn to ceilidh dance, enjoy live music and discover some braw Burns poetry. 

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  • Dance performances at Burns Unbound 2016 © Ruth Armstrong

    Dance performances at Burns Unbound 2016 © Ruth Armstrong
  • Barluath are a Glasgow-based Scottish folk band, who embrace both the traditional and contemporary music of Scotland

    Barluath are a Glasgow-based Scottish folk band, who embrace both the traditional and contemporary music of Scotland
  • Traditional Tunes at Burns Unbound 2017 © Ruth Armstrong

    Traditional Tunes at Burns Unbound 2017 © Ruth Armstrong
  • Crafty fun at Burns Unbound 2017 © Ruth Armstrong

    Crafty fun at Burns Unbound 2017 © Ruth Armstrong
  • Live music at Burns Unbound 2016 © Ruth Armstrong

    Live music at Burns Unbound 2016 © Ruth Armstrong
  • Live music at Burns Unbound 2016 © Ruth Armstrong

    Live music at Burns Unbound 2016 © Ruth Armstrong
  • Ceilidh dancing at Burns Unbound 2017 © Ruth Armstrong

    Ceilidh dancing at Burns Unbound 2017 © Ruth Armstrong
  • Bagpipes at Burns Unbound 2017 © Ruth Armstrong

    Bagpipes at Burns Unbound 2017 © Ruth Armstrong

Traditional Music and Dance

Foot-stomping Scottish music from Live Music Now Scotland artists Mohsen Amini & Craig Irving, Aonach Mòr and Barluath with compere Gary Innes.

13:15 – 16:00
Grand Gallery

Traditional Tunes for Tiny People

Join Live Music Now Scotland musicians for a tuneful activity for ages 3 and under. Limited spaces, sign up at the entrance to Hawthornden Court.

11:00, 12:00, 13:00
Hawthornden Court, 30 mins

Ceilidh Kids

Fun ceilidh moves for families with children aged 3+.

11:30 and 14:00
Hawthornden Court, 30 mins

Burns-themed crafts and Scots storybook corner

Join us for family-friendly crafts and activities, or settle down with a Scots language storybook in our reading nook.

11:00 – 16:00
Event Space, Level 2

Dress up station

Get dressed up like Rabbie in 18th Century costume and record yourself giving it laldy in your best Scots! Share your videos with us using #BurnsUnbound.

11:00 – 16:00
Event Space, Level 2

Spooky Storytelling

When winter winds are howling and clouds race across the moon, perhaps it’s best to stay indoors... join storyteller Fiona Herbert for strange, stormy, silly and scary Scottish tales.
Suitable for adults and brave children aged 4 and up.

11:00 & 15:00,
Auditorium, 30 mins

Tam O’Shanter

A spine-tingling excerpt from the musical play ‘A Man’s a Man’, where Robert Burns is persuaded to perform his most dramatic, exciting work one last time. Recommended for ages 8 and up – may not be suitable for younger visitors.

12:00, 13:00, 14:00
Auditorium, 15 mins

Slam poetry workshop

Aged 16 - 25? Ever wanted to become a slam poet? Sign up and come along to this two hour workshop by Loud Poets to learn some tips and tricks to writing and performing, whether you’re a complete beginner or well-versed in verse there’s something there for everyone!

Part of Scotland’s Year of Young People.

12:30 – 14:30
Free. Places limited.

Sign up in advance by emailing a.russell@nms.ac.uk with full name, age and mobile contact number. 

Sign up from 11:00 at the stage in the Grand Gallery on the day. 

Loud Poets performance

Come into the Kingdom for some slam-style, make-some-noise, side-tickling, heartwrenching poetry by some of Scotland’s finest spoken word artists. This is poetry for the masses.

15:00 – 16:00
Kingdom of the Scots, Level 1


Who is Robert Burns?

Robert Burns was born in Alloway, South Ayrshire, in 1759. He began writing poetry and songs at an early age and became famous across Scotland for his writing. Every year on Burns’ birthday, 25 January, Scots and Scots at heart from across the globe celebrate his life and cultural legacy by hosting a Burns Supper. 

#BurnsUnbound

Burns Unbound is supported through Scotland’s Winter Festivals, a programme of events managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government.

    

 

    

Header image: Burns Unbound in 2015 © Ruth Armstrong.

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Event information

When

21 Jan 2018
11:00-16:00

Where

Auditorium and Grand Gallery, Level 1

How much

Free (drop-in)

Booking information

Some activities have limited places and will require sign up on the day.

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