2020 Robert Burns Camperdown Festival Cancelled

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

2020 Festival Cancelled due to COVID-19

The 2020 Robert Burns Scottish Festival has been cancelled.  Chairperson Dr John Menzies OAM said “that the RBSF Committee met last week and the decision to cancel the Festival which aligns with the Australian Government guidelines on mass gatherings became the catalyst that was the only option we could take.  Dr. Menzies said that before making a public announcement we needed to contact all of the Performers, Guest Speakers and providers who had been booked for the 2020 festival.”

We are mindful of the impact of the Covid-19 Virus and the loss of income for our Musicians and providers including our Patrons.

Early Bird Ticket holders will be refunded and our Website will be updated for the duration, the committee will continue to plan the festival for 2021 and appreciate the support given over recent months.

Dr Menzies said, “This is a time for us all to use our strength and compassion to pull together with our local community to lead the recovery process following this unprecedented crisis”.


Wed-Thur-Fri Instrumental Workshops (Pre-fest Music School)

Book to join in workshops. Hone your skills, meet other players and learn from the best. There's a student showcase finale Friday night. Book for workshops and be eligible for a weekend pass discount.​

Fri-Sat-Sun Concerts, Sessions, Competitions & Activities

Experience a wide range of concerts, sessions, competitions & activities make this great value. Grab a weekend pass to support the event and to access all activities (excluding gala dinner and workshops).

Friday 3rd July Festival Gala Dinner ~ Killara Centre, limited seats.

Celebrate the opening of the festival in style with great entertainment and a 3 course dinner, including the piping in of the haggis. Bookings essential as numbers limited. Separate ticket to weekend pass.

Sat-Sun Markets & Clock Tower Visits

Under the elms, the avenue is the perfect place to enjoy market stalls and enjoy music and dance demonstrations. To run a stall call Chris: 0428 346 165.

Market stalls, music and heritage stalls will activate the beautiful elm avenue.

Highland Dancing Demonstrations

The highland fling is a must of course! Beautiful, skilled demonstrations by dance troupes. Get your tartan heart dancing. Pick up some new moves!

There will be kilts and dancing!

Welcome to Country, Heritage Links

Celebrating first nation beginnings. Building our future, respecting our past. The festival is during NAIDOC week and we seek inspiration from this heritage.

Events TBA to acknowledge and celebrate our first nation heritage in Camperdown Victoria.

Saturday Lecture Series ~ Killara Centre, 4 Speakers

This popular series is entertaining, enlightening and invites discussion. A $20 ticket covers 4 lectures. Topics are listed on our Lecture Series page.

Fundraiser Events - Movie Night, Pre-Concerts

Movie Night? The festival committee hopes to work with Camperdown Film Soc. on this. Possibly a Fiona Ross event? TBA, stay tuned for updates.

Sing! You can join The Burns Festival Community Choir

For the first time a massed choir supported by local community choirs, part of Claire Patti's Vocal Workshop. Performance on Friday Night.

Kids Events & School Program, prior and during the Festival.

School art competitions (with age categories) and a festival exhibition. Invited performers will run school events. Storytelling​ at the Library. Scottish sports events may run. TBC.

Whisky Tastings, Baking Workshop & Shortbread Comp!

The shortbread baking competition is on again, so to the tasting of fine whiskys; sure to improve your Scottish accent! The popular baking workshop is on Wednesday at 10am.

Robert Burns Statue Council Foyer & Sunday Concert

Sunday Morning Concert 10am at the Robert Burns Statue, hear the Bard's songs, poems and stories. Visit the statue on any day. Read about our local connections to Scotland.

Saturday 11am Golf Tournament

Get into the swing of it! Robbie Burns Golf Ambrose Mixed Event at Camperdown Golf Club. This enthusiastic competition is open to all. Who will win the shield? For more details contact the club.

Sunday Theatre Royal Finale Concert

A grand finale featuring a selection of performances by community groups and headline acts. The Warrnambool Pipe Band opens the event tattoo style. Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club to feature.

Bagpipe, Pipe, Drum & Band Competitions

The weekend also features the opportunity for pipers, drummers and bands to demonstrate their skills in events and to take part in specific workshops. Detailed program available soon.

Masonic Hall

Visit this iconic building, it will be open to visitors from 10 - 2 on both Saturday & Sunday.

A wonderfull, rare opportunity to see this unusual and beautiful hall. A space that has made and supported community growth.

Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre will be open 10 - 2, Saturday & Sunday. Learn about our amazing Scottish Heritage

Displays of both First Nation, Scottish Settlers & Local  heritage. Meet local centre volunteers, explore photographs and artefacts.


If you would like to be a festival volunteer please contact our coordinator: 0407 056 126

It’s easy to get involved, be a volunteer and have even more amazing conversations! It’s fun and action packed.

Support our local sponsors;

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