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 Cornerhouse. 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. 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.  

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 with festival musicians running instrumental workshops and on Saturday 2nd June Claire Patti will be conducting two Choir workshops in Camperdown. They will be virtual master classes, connecting our festival to the World.

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. 

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 the Theatre Royal. 

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 will be available from 10am on May 4th https://www.trybooking.com/BZGTR

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