Burns&Beyond Festival

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Burns&Beyond (aka Burns and Beyond) is a festival of Scots music and culture celebrating national poet Robert Burns that takes place in the Assembly Rooms Festival Club.  

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, Burns Night suppers and whisky tasting, with less traditional activities like art installations and supper meets live performances at the Not-So-Traditional Burns Supper. The Burns & Beyond Festival has also encompassed debates, and a range of family events.

Performances are at the Burns&Beyond Festival Club in the Assembly Rooms on George Street.

Tickets are £20-£25 plus fees.

2024 Highlights:

  • Thurs 25th: Callum Easter & The Roulettes
  • 26th: Museum Late - Big Burns Ceilidh
  • 27th: Anna Meredith
  • 28th: Nadine Shah

2023 Highlights:

  • The Twilight Sad – Stripped Back
  • Kinnaris Quintet & Friends

2022 programme highlights

  • 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.

The Festival was due to return in 2022, but got hit weeks before the event by tightening pandemic restrictions and the programme was eventually cancelled. 

Burns & Beyond returned in 2023, and in 2024 will see the Sixth edition of the festival.