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Agency unveils events for Burns celebration

The Ulster-Scots Agency has launched Belfast Burns Week 2018 to celebrate the January 25 birthday of Robert Burns.

Scotland's favourite son, Robert 'Rabbie' Burns, was known as 'the Ploughman Poet', 'the Bard of Ayrshire', or simply 'The Bard'.

Burns was born on January 25, 1759, and Burns celebrations have been held in his honour on this date for over 200 years.

To celebrate the many links between Burns, his family and Ulster from the late-1700s to the present day, the Ulster Scots Agency has programmed a series of events to coincide with the Bard's birthday.

Belfast Burns week will take place from January 22 to 27, 2018 in various venues across Belfast and will incorporate a programme of drama, poetry, music, concerts and lectures.

Events will see Blue badge guide and historian Laura Spence deliver a talk on the Life, Loves and Legacy of Robert Burns.

This one-hour talk will explore the loves and losses of Robert Burns and how this has influenced his works and image to this day.

Various Burns Nights will be held across Belfast during the week, with a free community Burns Night at the Spectrum Centre taking centre stage on Monday, January 22 for those who would like to experience a Burns Night for themselves.

The Linen Hall Library is hosting tours of the Gibson collection on Wednesday, January 24 and Friday, January 26. A tour of the library not only unlocks the secrets of the library archives and collections, but also takes the visitor back through the early days of the great city of Belfast.

Robert Burns Live performer Christopher Tait will take to the stage at the Spectrum Centre on January 26 to perform as the Bard himself, while the festival will conclude with the annual Burns Concert on January 27 at the Waterfront Hall.

The full programme can be viewed and tickets for Belfast Burns Week events can be booked at www.ticketsource.co.uk/ ulster-scots-agency.

Tickets for the Burns Concert can be booked from www.waterfront.co.uk.

CATRIONA HOLMES

Development officer, Ulster Scots Agency

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