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Burns’ Night 2015

Burns’ Night 2015
By Dee Bodle

 

 

Britsoc are having their annual celebratory tribute to the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns at the British School of Amsterdam on Saturday 30th January 2016. Burns was born on the 25th January 1759, which would make him 257 years old.

A Burns supper traditionally ranges from formal gatherings of scholars to uproaring informal rave ups of drunkards and louts. Well I would say the Britsoc Burns night falls in the middle of this range, and adheres to some sort of time honoured form. This includes the eating of the traditional Scottish meal and taking in the spirit of the Bard.

The Britsoc Burns Supper is littered with individual talents within our mists who have their own special flavour of captivating storytelling, singing and poetry. The celebration over time has developed its own unique group character, which distinguishes the Britsoc celebration from every other. The gathering has plenty of haggis, neeps and tatties to go around, and some have their favourite Scotch tipple to keep them warm.

I’ve found that most people, although they may be unaware of it, love to come to a Burns Supper. However, they feel a little intimidated at the idea of doing some Scottish dancing. This  was the case with my Dutch partner. Most people end up being appreciative guests, have a great time and can’t wait for the next one. The sound of the Scottish pipes is unforgettable, and very seldom heard in the Netherlands.  I’m one of those people who absolutely love to hear them.

Everyone should feel comfortable taking part, but they may need a little help and encouragement so you may need to gently motivate them in the right direction towards the dance floor. The good vibes, good food and the good company that this event celebrates would I’m sure be to a level that Burns himself would appreciate. Robert Burns died in July 1796 at the age of 37.   I’m sure we all know that since the publication of Auld Lang Syne, it has gone all around the world countless times and it is surely the greatest song of parting known to man.

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