Camperdown’s Robert Burns Scottish Festival 2020
After the relaunch of the Robert Burns Scottish Festival this year the Community Festival Committee is pleased to announce that the Festival was a great success with an increased patronage. A revamp of the festival saw new elements implemented into the event. Chairperson Dr John Menzies OAM said the committee are busy now planning the 2020 festival program.
The popular Schools program is returning and visits to local schools will include an Art, poetry and a story writing competition. The popular shortbread baking competition saw an increase of entries with many mums and dads participating. The committee made the decision for entry to the festival performances for children under the age of 18 years to be free this year, and the same offer will be offered in 2020. It is our way of offering opportunities to families to come along and experience cultural events.
The RBSF starts on June 27th June – with the Victorian Piping Association Contest. Following with a week the Music Workshops will be held and a Gala Dinner on the Friday evening at Killara. This is followed by a weekend of music performances at multiple venues, the Lecture Series, Cooking Classes, Dancing, Piping, Highland dancers, Market Stalls, Street Entertainment, Golf, Whisky Tasting, Poetry, Free Children’s game and activities in the Avenue. At the Statue on Sunday morning with a musical performance and lecture. The Festival concludes with a grand Concert on Sunday the 5th July.
Performers are being booked and Early Bird tickets will be available in January offering great discounts.
2020 marks 200 years of Scots in Australia, the festival committee promises to ensure that this very unique festival will not disappoint.
The largest ever Scottish Music Showcase in Australia 2020 will also include Camperdown on its National Tour on May 15th with world renowned Scottish band Capercaille will be performing at Camperdown’s Historic Theatre Royal. Camperdown is an important part of Scottish settlement in Australia and especially being the home of the world’s oldest Statue of Robert Burns.
The Robert Burns Scottish Festival program promises to deliver an affordable, and all ages event that celebrates our district, our early settlers and their contribution and connection to the Traditional people before white settlement and our appreciation of our Cultural Heritage.