Dis­tillers to spon­sor new Burns fes­ti­val

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Isle of Ar­ran Dis­tillers are to spon­sor a new multi-arts fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ing the life and work of Robert Burns next year.

The in­au­gu­ral Burns Un­broke fes­ti­val will be held at the Sum­mer­hall in Ed­in­burgh in Jan­uary 2018. As the maker of the only of­fi­cial Burns sin­gle malt at its dis­tillery in Lochranza, it is fit­ting that the dis­tillers will be the head­line spon­sor along­side Cre­ative Scot­land and Scot­land.org. They are also plan­ning ex­cit­ing events to cel­e­brate the Bard, in­clud­ing whisky mas­ter­classes.

Run­ning for six weeks from Thurs­day Jan­uary 25, 2018, the pro­gramme will cel­e­brate the plethora of artis­tic and per­form­ing tal­ent in Scot­land, and be­yond, through the prism of­fered by new in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the life and work of Robert Burns.

Dis­tillers man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Euan Mitchell said: ‘As the pro­ducer of the of­fi­cial Burns malt, it was a no-brainer for us to get in­volved in a fes­ti­val that shares our pas­sion for the poet.

‘As a dis­tillery, we may take a very tra­di­tional ap­proach to pro­duc­tion – with an eye to the proud her­itage of Scotch – but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t ea­ger to ex­per­i­ment and in­tro­duce new peo­ple to the spirit.

‘With Burns Un­broke, we’re re­ally ex­cited to be help­ing bring the Bard to a con­tem­po­rary au­di­ence and give up-and-com­ing Scot­tish artists a much de­served plat­form.’

The in­spi­ra­tion for the Burns Un­broke ti­tle comes from the epi­graph printed at the be­gin­ning of Burns’s first po­etry col­lec­tion, the Kil­marnock edi­tion, pub­lished in 1786 which be­gins: ‘The sim­ple Bard, un­broke by rules of art.’

The fes­ti­val’s in­no­va­tive vis­ual arts pro­gramme fea­tures more than 30 vis­ual artists and there will be newly com­mis­sioned work by four Scot­tish-based artists. In ad­di­tion, the pro­gramme of events in­cludes an al­ter­na­tive Burns night, spo­ken word per­for­mances, chil­dren’s per­for­mances and a tai­lor made pro­gramme of mu­sic.

Sheilagh Ten­nant, Burns Un­broke di­rec­tor, said: ‘Burns Un­broke pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity, for the first time, to bring to­gether such an im­pres­sive range of vis­ual and per­for­mance artists un­der one ban­ner.’

Burns Un­broke runs at Sum­mer­hall from Thurs­day Jan­uary 25 to Satur­day March 10, 2018, with the ma­jor­ity of per­for­mance events fo­cused around the week­end of Jan­uary 2628. The ex­hi­bi­tions will be open to the pub­lic, Tues­days to Sun­days, through­out the six weeks and en­try is free.

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