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Titanic celebration for Burns Night

22 January 2019

Titanic Belfast was the setting for Burns by the Lagan, a spectacular musical celebration to celebrate the life and legacy of iconic Scottish poet, Robert Burns, hosted by the Agency.

Celebrated Scottish musicians, Phil Cunningham MBE, Aly Bain and Eddi Reader made the journey across the water to entertain a packed venue, alongside some of the best young talent Ulster has to offer.

 Acclaimed Scottish actor David Hayman also made an appearance. Hayman recited some of Burns’ best-loved works of poetry to a rapt audience, with the spectacular setting of the Titanic staircase lending an even greater sense of gravitas to the event.

Scots folk legend, and the event’s musical director, Phil Cunningham MBE, said, “It is always a pleasure to perform in Northern Ireland; without fail the crowds are so enthusiastic and welcoming and this year was no different. The evening was a spectacular celebration of Ulster-Scots culture, heritage and art. I would like to thank all of the artists involved, and of course, all of the people who came along – it was a wonderful experience.”

Ian Crozier, Chief Executive of the Ulster Scots Agency commented: “Burns by the Lagan was absolutely a night to remember. The turn-out was incredible and all of the acts were superb.”

“Robert Burns is a cultural icon and it felt very fitting to celebrate his genius within the atmospheric location of Titanic Belfast. Moreover, we are extremely proud that the event was recorded for inclusion in a television programme which will be broadcast in both Ulster and Scotland on Burns Night, which is a major achievement for Ulster-Scots.”

Burns by the Lagan was held in Titanic Belfast on Tuesday 22nd January 2019. A recording of the event will be broadcast on BBC 2 Northern Ireland and Scotland on Friday 25th January 2019 at 21.00.