TAKING FLIGHT FROM SATURDAY 26TH MARCH…
Burns&Beyond returns for a 4th year, presenting the Scottish premiere of Michael Pendry’s beautiful Les Colombes installation at St. Giles’ Cathedral from Saturday 26 March, including some very special live events from Brìghde Chaimbeul & Aidan O’Rourke, and the Choir of St. Giles’ Cathedral.
You can also enjoy a feast of FREE online music, spoken word, food and whisky direct into your home, with our programme of online events, featuring a step-by-step guide to Burns Night, the history of Robert Burns and some very special live performances from the Burns&Beyond archives. Enjoy!
Michael Pendry’s Les Colombes
at St. Giles' Cathedral
Following a series of stunning installations in recent years for Burns&Beyond at St. Giles’ Cathedral, we are thrilled to return to the landmark building and welcome German artist Michael Pendry to Scotland for his first installation with the beautiful Les Colombes (The Doves), a winding column of more than 2,000 origami paper doves which will fly the full length of St. Giles’ Cathedral, transforming the space for daytime visitors, and presenting a spectacular multi-media and light display in the evenings. Symbolizing love, hope and kindness, Les Colombes encourages a feeling of optimism as we reflect on years past and look ahead into 2022.
Brìghde Chaimbeul & Aidan O’Rourke
Winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Horizon Award 2019 and fresh from a global audience performance opening COP26 in Glasgow, Skye piper Brìghde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s fastest rising stars. Burns&Beyond are delighted to welcome her back for another special performance, beneath Michael Pendry’s stunning Les Colombes (Doves) installation in St. Giles’ Cathedral, once again in partnership with Lau’s Aidan O’Rourke, who produced Chaimbeul’s critically-acclaimed debut album The Reeling.
The Choir of St. Giles’ Cathedral
Wings of Peace
Burns&Beyond are proud to present The Choir of St. Giles’ Cathedral, for a very special evening choral music Wings of Peace, performed beneath Michael Pendry’s stunning Les Colombes (Doves) installation, which sees over 2,000 paper doves fly the length of the Cathedral. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), to help those affected by the current conflict in Ukraine.
NEU! REEKIE! presents… BURNS ON FIRE!
with special guests
NOVA (featuring special guest Empress)
Nadine Aisha Jassat
Michael Pedersen & Kevin Williamson
With over a decade of unfurling alternative Burns Nights under their belts, Neu! Reeke! are perhaps the best placed cabal in Scotland to conjure an atypical Burns Night that’ll ruffle feathers and arouse the senses.
2021 Gallery & Videos
Performances from Ricky Ross, KT Tunstall, Rachel Sermanni and more, plus incredible images from the Scottish premier of Yvette Mattern's Global Rainbow above the skies of Edinburgh.