Camperdown Robert Burns Scottish Festival




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Headline Acts: International Fiddler: Laura Flanagan, Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Fiona Ross & Shane O’Mara, Claire Patti, Austral, The Cornerhouse Band, Peter Daffy, Merran Moir, The Twa Bards, Lakes & Craters Band, Tuniversal Music Group Inc., Warrnambool Pipe & Drums.

The festival promotes the legacy of Robert Burns and celebrates the diverse cultural heritage in south-west Victoria.

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The 2022 Robert Burns Scottish Festival is set to return to Camperdown 1-2-3 July this year. The Festivals Chairperson, Dr John Menzies OAM is pleased to announce that festival is going ahead and promises to be a great festival.  After two years of Covid restrictions and limited festival events last year due to the Covid restrictions the committee are working hard to ensure that Patrons and the local community are able to enjoy a full festival in 2022.

The committee have invited back the musicians who were to perform at last years cancelled festival. These include The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Fiona Ross and Shane O’Mara, Claire Patti,  Austral, and The Cornerhouse Band. A line-up of talented local bands and musicians including Pete Daffy and his band, The Twa Bards, Tuniversal Music Group, Camperdown’s Lakes and Craters Band and the Warrnambool Pipes and Drums.

Scottish and Irish Fiddler Laura Flanagan, is our International Act, coming from the USA. She will be performing at this year’s festival and also conducting a series of Fiddle workshops.   Laura is based in Texas and arrives in Australia in early June. The committee is looking forward to hosting Laura, it will be a real treat to see her play.

The RBSF will see the return of the School Children’s program with primary and secondary aged events including Art works, poetry, story writing and the popular Shortbread baking competition – Click here to download the entry form. These activities will happen before the festival and be delivered in the schools. Dr Menzies also said that Schools can access programs from the Robert Burns World Federation at no cost and connecting to Scotland, the birth place of Burns is a wonderful opportunity for students, to learn more about the Bard and his works.

The Festival committee is continuing with the Satellite Concerts and two events will be held; one at Darlington on June 25th, with live music and a movie night. The second event will be at the Commercial Hotel in Terang on the Thursday 30th of June, featuring Laura Flanagan and Tuniversal Music group

The Gala Dinner will be held at the Theatre Royal on Friday the 1st of July and promises to be a sumptuous and authentic Scottish meal including an Address to the Haggis, with entertainment from our headline performers, booking will be essential and numbers will be capped at 100. VIP/guest speaker/deliverer of the ‘Immortal Memory’ will be  Prof. Stewart Gill, OAM, Master of Queens College, Melbourne University. Entertainment by Claire Patti, Fiona Ross & Shane O’Mara, Merran Moir, and Andrew O’Flynn.

The popular Music Workshops will be held on the Wednesday, 29th June, Thursday 30th June and Friday 1st of July at the Commercial Hotel in Terang, and culminate with a student concert on the Friday evening at St Paul’s Church Hall in Camperdown.  

The workshops cater for all levels from Beginners to Intermediate players and singers. Ticketing for the workshops is essential so materials can be sent out to participants.

International guest Fiddler Laura Flanagan will be taking Fiddle and Violin workshops, with Geoff MacArthur from Ballarat taking Guitar, Peter Moir on the Bodhran and Drum with Tin Whistle and Harp workshops with Merran Moir, harps will be provided for participants.  Instrumental Workshops are $50.00 / instrument, for three sessions per person.

On Saturday the 2nd of July Claire Patti is conducting a Festival Choir workshop that is open to anyone who would like to join the fun!  The Melbourne vocalist from Melbourne will coach the participants and perform with them at her concert on Saturday afternoon.  Claire says “At Camperdown Burns festival, I have had the great pleasure working with singers young and old, and everything in-between.  Now post covid, I can’t wait to see new and old faces and share in some much missed harmony singing!  The more the merrier, all standards welcome.” Just $5.00 per Adult and Students Free for the Festival Choir.

The deliciously fun Cookery Class will be happening with Liz Patterson and Ruth Gstrein which gave participants the opportunity to cook authentic Scottish food and eat a meal at the end of the session. Booking will be essential due to limited class sizes. This event will happen after the festival: on 6th July at Camperdown College Food Tech Centre – cost will be $25pp and a limit of 10 people.

Lecture co-ordinator Bob Lambell has organised four wonderful guest speakers for Saturday the 2nd July to be held at the Killara Centre, details can be found here.  Topics include; The Manifolds, their horses, and the Scottish connection, Dealing with the De’il – Robert Burns as the Exciseman, Vision and patronage: von Guérard and the Scots of the Western District, Two Scottish engineers – Telford and McAdam – and their legacy to the World’s roads, and “Some rambles with the Campbells” – The life and times of Western District pastoralist and politician, Colin Campbell (1817-1903) and his family.

Wee Stories at the Library for the children, Activities in the Avenue with music, Highland Dancers and pipes will activate the Clock Tower precinct with Market Stalls and plenty of things to see and do.  

A number of Concerts at various venues over the weekend will be hosted so there is plenty of variety on offer.

Both Saturday and Sunday the Camperdown Heritage Centre and the Masonic Lodge will be open for folk to visit along with the Clock Tower.

Highland Dancing on Saturday will also be open to the public and for the Golfers the Robbie Burns Ambrose will be hosted at the Camperdown Golf Club. 

On Saturday evening we have the family night event with workshop participants coming together to provide the entertainment at St Paul’s, or the Theatre Royal if needed. 

Sunday Market stalls and children’s activities in the avenue continue. The Twa Bards music and poetry at the Statue in the morning with the Festival Finale Concert in the afternoon winding up the festival.

Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/BZGTR

 For further information please contact Catherine O’Flynn RBSF Co-ordinator on 0407 056 126 


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The 2022 Camperdown Robert Burns Scottish Festival is Celebrating Scotland’s famous Bard in the Camperdown Botanic Gardens on Sunday January 23rd.  The Gardens once home to our Statue of Robbie Burns will be hosting a Family friendly event marking his birthdate.  Dr John Menzies OAM said, “It is a happy coincidence that James Dawson’s son- in-law William Taylor gifted the 1831 Greenshields statue of Robert Burns to the Camperdown Community which has been the inspiration for the present Robert Burns Scottish Festival. This event is kick starting our 2022 festival and has been hosted in the Gardens for a number of years with folk coming along to enjoy our beautiful gardens in Camperdown”.

Dr John Menzies OAM said “the RBSF committee is hosting the event and will be held with the current Covid guidelines including QR Codes on entry and proof of double vaccination

Live music in the gardens and entertainment from 4.00 pm including musicians Luke Plumb and Peter Daffy, Merran and Pete Moir, Tuniversal Music Group, the Lakes and Craters Concert Band, Pipers and Drummers from the Warrnambool Pipes and Drums. The event will also have an Address to the Haggis, poetry and more for patrons to enjoy.  BYO Picnic tea, drinks chairs and blanket. Gold Coin Donation upon entry and Children Free.

This event is Proudly Sponsored by the Bendigo Bank.

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Special thanks to our major sponsor: Corangamite Shire.  Tuniversal Music Group Inc. auspices the event.

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