2021 Virtual Burns Night

The University of Glasgow in Scotland has invited pipers from around the world to participate in a unique, virtual and global celebration of Burns Night in January 2021.

The University’s Centre for Robert Burns Studies has invited over 2000 international Scottish societies, pipe bands, Burns clubs, and Scottish dance groups to participate in the initiative, which they are hoping will cheer away the gloom of many cancelled Burns Night events around the world, whilst sharing Burns’s message of universal love and friendship. 

Burns Night is traditionally held on or close to 25 January each year.   

To participate, tag any pictures or video that you share on social media of your Burns Night celebrations using the hashtag #VirtualBurnsNight. 

This can be a picture of your meal, of your dress, of a Burns performance, of your family or anything that fits the Burns Night theme.

If you don’t have access to social media, you can email your picture to the Centre (arts-burnssupper@glasgow.ac.uk), who will post it for you. 

Join the global feast online this January to celebrate Robert Burns and his legacy, with images of joy from across the seas.   

Additionally, if you are hosting a Burns event, either physically or virtually, you can also email the Centre the details ahead of time so they can publish it on their list of international events.   

Please note that this is not a Pipe Bands Queensland initiative – please direct all questions to the University of Glasgow Centre for Robert Burns Studies (via email at arts-burnssupper@glasgow.ac.uk).