Burns Day celebrations

The City of Culture Office in Guildhall Square will host an afternoon of Ulster Scots Culture today to celebrate Burns Day.

Burns Day commemorates the life and work of the poet and lyricist Robert Burns who was born on January 25, 1759 and is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland. Celebrations of Burns’ memory are held globally but are particularly prominent in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Canada and New Zealand.

The event at the City of Culture Offices runs from 1.00pm to 5.00 pm and will be an ideal introduction to Burns for those who are unfamiliar with the poet’s work.

Following a short introduction by renowned Ulster Scots poet and scholar Wilson Burgess, Stuart Buchanan will address and toast the Haggis. Wilson Burgess will then perform “The Immortal Memory.” Traditional fayre such as Haggis, Neeps and Tatties will be served providing a taste of Scotland.

Mayor of Derry Colum Eastwood said: “The City of Culture Office is the perfect location for this celebration. Rabbie Burns is an icon of Ulster Scots culture and I think those who pay a visit to Tuesday’s event will find it fascinating, entertaining and informative.”