Robert Burns Scottish Festival
The Robert Burns Scottish Festival celebrates Camperdown’s unique link to the world renowned Scottish poet Robert Burns.
The festival centres around Camperdown’s Robert Burns statue. Created in Scotland in 1830, the statue is the only one to have been based exclusively on the earliest known portrait of Burns. Early Western District settler W.A. Taylor gifted the statue to the community of Camperdown in 1883 where it was placed in the Camperdown Public Park (Botanic Gardens). It remained there for more than 125 years.
The statue was already in need of restoration when in 2009, it was vandalised. Following the attack the statue was moved to a secure location by Corangamite Shire so that its restoration and future protection could be assessed. Local residents joined with stakeholders from across the globe to fundraise to restore the statue and have it placed in a location where it could be safe and appreciated by future generations. Held in August 2012, the inaugural Robert Burns Concert celebrated Camperdown’s connection to Scotland’s national bard as well raising awareness and funds towards the restoration project.
The restored statue now sits safely and in full view through a window at Corangamite’s Shire’s Civic Centre in Camperdown. In six years the Robert Burns Concert has grown into the Robert Burns Scottish Festival. The Festival is run by a committee of passionate volunteers and supported by Corangamite Shire.
For more information and program of events, visit the official Robert Burns Scottish Festival website.