Thursday, 19 December 2019

A little slice of Scotland in Australia

The cultural legacy of Scots in Australia will be celebrated on January 25, 2020, when a unique Glenturret Burns Night Supper will be held at the Sydney Opera House as part of a year-long program of cultural and musical events planned for the Year of Scotland in Australia (YOSA 2020).

Heading straight to the airport from the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, multi-award-winning Scottish band Breabach (below) will make the journey to Sydney for what will be their only Australian appearance in 2020.


Year of Scotland 2020 events are designed to inspire Australians to discover and celebrate Scottish culture at home, and to visit Scotland to experience ‘the real deal’ in future travels.

Having visited Glasgow just a couple of months ago as a guest of People Make Glasgow I am a confirmed fan. 

The Glenturret Burns Night Supper will re-imagine the traditional ‘Burns Night Supper’ by showcasing indigenous Australian culture alongside conventional Scottish customs. 

To be held in the Sydney Opera House’s Yallamundi Rooms, the Glenturret Burns Night Supper will be a four-hour feast that will feature an inventive menu created by Sydney Opera House chefs to honour Scottish traditions – such as haggis - whilst incorporating native Australian flavours. 

Menu items such as haggis served alongside kangaroo with a root vegetable ecrase and New South Wales pickled mushrooms, vanilla wattle seed mousse with Cutaway Creek raspberries and a honeycomb and oat crumble will be complemented by wine, beer and premium single malt whisky from Scotland’s oldest working distillery, The Glenturret.


Highlights from this night of revelry include rousing recitals of Burns’ poetry; uplifting toasts such as the Piping of the Haggis (where a piper accompanies the haggis around the room before it’s served); the Immortal Memory; the Toast to the Lassies; singing of Auld Lang Syne; and musical performances to honour the life and work of Scotland’s national bard.

A significant event for Scots both in their homeland and in Australia, Burns night suppers were first held in July 1802, when a group of friends of poet and lyricist Robert Burns got together to mark the fifth anniversary of his death with a festive feast. 

Produced and curated by Showcase Scotland Expo and Woodfordia Inc in partnership with Australia’s festivals and event organisers, YOSA 2020 is backed by VisitScotland, the Scottish Government, The Glenturret whisky, and Creative Scotland.

The Year of Scotland in Australia is a phenomenal opportunity to further Scotland’s enduring relationship with Australia, with musicians from both sides of the globe sharing our dynamic traditional music scene," said Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop.

“My hope is that new working partnerships will be forged, creating demand for continued Scottish performances beyond 2020, and encouraging our friends Down Under to come to Scotland and experience all we have to offer.”


To keep up to date with the fast-expanding year-long program of Scottish events in Australia visit www.yearofscotlandaustralia2020.com


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