The President of the Robert Burns World Federation, Ian McIntyre, has published his 2018 Burns Night message to Scots worldwide who are celebrating the birth of the poet. In it, he says the most important ingredient for a successful Burns celebration is to have fun:
“So here we are again folks, over 250 years since Robert Burns’ birthday we are still
celebrating his life.
“All over the world in every hour of every day around this time, people will be celebrating the life of the ‘Lad wha was born in Kyle’.
“Burns memory is enduring and while the number of Burns Clubs and Societies world-wide may be declining, the number of Burns Suppers and celebrations is at an all-time high. The interest in the champion of democracy and equality simply increases year on year.
“The Burns brand is THE Scottish brand and is a world phenomenon. The impact one man has had on the world in a very short life is immeasurable. In a time where there is an increased demand on all Scottish produce, Burns is at the forefront of all things cultural and economic. The true value of Burns to the Scottish Economy is not fully understood but the debate led by Joan McAlpine in our Parliament last week will be the beginning of some true measurement of the value of Burns to our economy.
“Burns is everybody’s poet, a large piece in a jigsaw of Scottish cultural greats, a man
influenced by the men of his time, Allan Ramsey and Robert Fergusson and in turn a man who has influenced thousands of poets, musicians politicians , lovers and of course dreamers the world over. Burns is fashionable, he enriches our culture, our language and our prosperity.
“And as you raise a dram to our National Bard, remember the vital ingredient for a Burns celebration where ever you are, have FUN !”
The Caledonian Society of Kenya are holding their Burns Night celebration this Saturday (27 January) at the Muthaiga Country Club. This highly popular event is already sold out but you can get your name on the reserve list should anyone cancel by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0708 180610.