Scots to celebrate 2009 with programme of events

The Scottish government and Visit Scotland have teamed up with national events agency Event Scotland to launch Homecoming Scotland - a ten month-long national programme of more than 300 events.

Homecoming Scotland
Homecoming Scotland

Spanning the length and breadth of the country the programme has been created to encourage Scots, people with Scots ancestry and those who simply love Scotland to come home and celebrate in 2009.

The opening weekend will take place from 23 - 25 January and will mark the 250th anniversary of poet Robert Burns with a number of celebrations taking place in his honour.

On the Saturday Burns's birthplace, Alloway, will become a focal point for the celebrations, with village locations such as Burns Cottage, The Brig O' Doon and The Auld Kirk will being brought to life with the help of some of the UK's top lighting and design artists.

On the Sunday a torchlit procession will wind through the historic heart of Dumfries, where Burns spent the latter part of his life.

The finale will take place at the River Nith where entertainment will include music, film, verse and a spectacular 15metre high Burns-themed fire sculpture.

"For Homecoming Scotland 2009 the Burns Night celebrations extend across the weekend and indeed throughout the year," said Event Scotland chief operating officer Paul Bush. "The programme offers more than 300 events taking place across the country with hundreds of individuals and organisations working hard to make the year a success."

Free tickets are available by public ballot by registering on before 11 January 2009.

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