New website for Burns festival

Published on 05 April 2018

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A new-look website has been launched as anticipation builds for Camperdown's Robert Burns Scottish Festival 2018.

The website at www.camperdownburnsfestival.com.au has photographs, performance videos and biographies of the performers and details of the lecture series guest speakers and their topics.

It tells the poet’s life story and gives the histories of Camperdown’s prized Robert Burns statue and of the festival.

There are travel and accommodation information for visitors and an application form for volunteers.

A full program and ticket sales will be available on the site in coming weeks.

Festival Committee Chair Cr Ruth Gstrein said the festival was a fantastic way to maintain the strong connections between Camperdown district and its Scottish heritage

“Robbie Burns and his work sum up so much about Scotland, its heritage and culture,” Cr Gstrein said.

“Many of our residents are descended from enterprising Scots who came out to Australia to make their fortune and help forge a new nation.

“Even places like Lismore, Port Campbell, Curdievale, Ayrford, Glenfyne and Ecklin take their names from those families or the towns they came from.

“Through poetry, music, scholarship and food we keep alive the traditions that helped make us what we are today.”

The line-up for the May 18 - 20 event is headed by Scottish Burns-inspired songwriter Little Fire and well know Celtic band Claymore.

Other artists include Luke Plumb and Kate Burke, Peter Daffy, Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt, the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, The Simpson 3, Fiona Ross, Likely Celts, the Warrnambool Pipes and Drums, Tuniversal, the Mackinnon Sisters, Don Grieves and Angela Preiss, and The Neon Effect.

A series of hour-long lectures will be held at the Killara Centre on Saturday 19 May from 9:30 am.

  • Adelaide food historian Dr Iain Buckland: “Guid Auld Scotch Drink - Drinking Culture in the Time of Robert Burns”
  • Camperdown architect Allan Willingham: Scottish Intrigues in the Naming of Camperdown: Debunking a Legend
  • Lavers Hill author Alistair Watt: Robert Fortune: A Scottish Gardener in China
  • Ayrshire Scotland, singer songwriter Jamie McGeechan aka Little Fire: Scottish Roots: An Exploration of the Relationship Between Scottish Music and Song, the Fertile Environment of Scotland and the International Export and Development of the Scottish Tradition
  • Deakin University Warrnambool Australian Studies Lecturer Dr Ben Wilkie: Caledonia Australis: Scottish Migrants and the Making of the Western District

Entry is $5 per lecture or $20 for the series. No booking is required.