Burns&Beyond Festival

Submitted by edg on Fri, 1 Nov '19 8.00pm
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Burns&Beyond (aka Burns and Beyond) returns for a second year in 2020 with an expanded programme of events. 

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

This year Burns Night and Chinese New Year both fall on 25 January 2020 – a coincidence of timing that only occurs every 76 years. So expect some curious cross-cultural goings-on.

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.

2020 Highlights include:

  • Chinese Lantern installation at St Giles’ Cathedral
  • Burns&Beyond Culture Crawl
  • Edinburgh’s Official Chinese New Year Concert at the Usher Hall
  • the Giant Lanterns of China at Edinburgh Zoo
  • Burns&Beyond Festival Club in the famous Assembly Rooms on George Street


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.