UofG Virtual Burns Night Celebrations





A photo of the Robert Burns stained glass window

UofG researchers are asking our students to join in a virtual Burns Night on 25 January by sharing photos and details of how they are marking the 2021 celebrations.

The Centre for Robert Burns Studies are hoping to capture this online celebrations and are inviting you to share at least one picture of your night on social media using the hashtag #VirtualBurnsNight.

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, thousands of events around the world —including Burns suppers— are likely to be cancelled or limited this winter. Yet this does not mean Burns Night 2021 has to become a non-event. In fact, UofG researchers would like to offer  a unique way to cheer away the gloom whilst sharing Burns’s message of universal love and friendship.   

Whatever you do around Burns Night - whether you attend a Burns supper or must stay confined at home with a ‘dram’ of whisky and a plate of haggis - the researchers want to hear from you.

This can be by sharing a picture of your meal, of your dress, of a Burns performance, of your family or anything that fits the Burns Night theme. Should you not have access to social media, feel free to email us your picture at arts-burnssupper@glasgow.ac.uk  and the Centre for Robert Burns Studies will post it for you. 

The Centre hopes that if enough of us participate, we might just turn this year's Burns Night into an unprecedented, online, and global feast, fighting the pandemic blues whilst celebrating Burns with images of joy from across the seas.   

The #VirtualBurnsNight is part of a research project called The Burns Supper in History and Today project. Through this research project, researchers have compiled a very extensive list of international Burns supper hosts across the world. The chief purpose of this ‘Virtual Burns Night’ is to pay a fitting tribute to Robert Burns despite COVID-19. 

Following the ‘Virtual Burns Night’, all the pictures could be used as sources for future research about Burns suppers and the global reputation of Robert Burns. Moreover, we will also select some images to feature on a special Burns artwork, commissioned by the University of Glasgow to celebrate the 220th anniversary of the first Burns Supper, in July 2021.

Those whose photograph is selected will be contacted shortly after Burns Night with more details about the artwork and a request for permission to use their image.

The Centre for Robert Burns Studies

The Centre for Robert Burns Studies was established in July 2007. Its mission is the development of research, scholarship, and teaching in the area of Robert Burns, his cultural period and related literature.

Since 2009, the Centre has been working towards the publication of a definitive, multi-volume edition of The Works of Robert Burns for Oxford University Press. As of 2020, this project, following the highest standards of expertise, has already led to the publication of four volumes, with seven more to come in upcoming years.

More information can be found at the Centre for Robert Burns Studies website and on the Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century project pages and the  as well as on Twitter @GlasgowBurns and Facebook

First published: 14 January 2021

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