Burns&Beyond Festival

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Update from the organisers: In light of rapidly rising Covid infection rates, the uncertainty around Govt restrictions and how they may affect large social gatherings next month and to ensure the safety of our audiences, performers and staff, we’ve taken the incredibly hard decision to postpone all Burns&Beyond 2022 live events scheduled between 22 January – 5 February 2022.

Confirmation of dates for postponed events will be announced in the New Year and tickets will remain valid for any rescheduled Assembly Rooms shows.

Les Colombes Michael Pendry’s multi-media art installation which embodies the festival message of Luv Hope and Kindness will now take place late March and tickets can be re-allocated to a new date.
We will also be releasing some exciting live performances online for Burns Night, with details to be announced in the New Year.

If you have already purchased tickets, you will be contacted direct by our Burns&Beyond Box Office in the New Year (Box Office re-opens 4th January 2022) regarding options to hold onto tickets for rescheduled shows or obtain refunds.

Thank you for your continued support of Burns&Beyond, we hope you have a safe Christmas & Hogmanay full of Luv, Hope & Kindness and look forward to welcoming you back to our events very soon.

After the pandemic forced it to go online in 2021, Burns&Beyond (aka Burns and Beyond) returns with a live programme of events in 2022. 

Traditionally, Scotland celebrates Burns Night with Burns suppers on 25th January each year.

Burns&Beyond takes the celebrations a step further combining the traditional, such as a free family ceilidh and Burns Night suppers, with less traditional activities like art installations and live performances.

Performances are at the Burns&Beyond Festival Club in the Assembly Rooms on George Street and St Giles Cathedral. As well as hosting concerts, St Giles will also feature an installation of 2,500 paper doves

2022 Highlights include:

  • Michael Pendry's Les Colombes ("the doves") an installation at St Giles’ Cathedral featuring 2,500 paper doves 
  • The Twilight Sad stripped back
  • Arab Strap, A Celebration of Scottish Pop
  • Folk from Harpist Rachel Newton, Skye piper Brìghde Chaimbeul and Aidan O'Rourke, and Treacherous Orchestra
  • Big Burns Comedy Night with Fred Macaulay


The inaugural six-day Burns&Beyond festival launched in January 2019 with 30,000 people enjoying a range of activities and entertainment centred around Scotland's national bard Robert Burns in Edinburgh's Old Town and New Town.

In 2020, Burns Night and Chinese New Year both fell on 25 January – a coincidence of timing that only occurs every 76 years. The programme included some cross cultural programming including a Chinese Lantern installation at St Giles’ Cathedral.

In 2021, due to the pandemic, Burns&Beyond was a free online programme of live music and poetry from Lucky Middlemass’s Tavern in The Caves in Edinburgh, curated by both Aidan O’Rourke (Lau) and arts collective Neu! Reekie!. With a theme of "Luve, Hope & Kindness", it featured KT Tunstall performing Ae Fond Kiss.