The "Wee Burns"

The “Wee Burns” may well seem like a low-key event celebrating the life of Robert Burns, but while it certainly is smaller than the “big” Burns Supper held every year at the Corinthia Hotel, the term “wee” could be misleading.

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Traditionally, the Wee Burns takes place on the Tuesday after the RBIF Burns Supper, and is held at St. Columba’s Scottish Presbyterian Church (1064 Budapest, Vörösmarty u. 51). The event is regularly a sell-out, which means up to 140 people are able to enjoy all of the elements of a real Burns Supper, including the Address to the Haggis, the Toast to the Lassies and the Reply from the Lassies, and the main speech of the night, the Immortal Memory, which explores the life and works of Robert Burns.

The RBIF is one of the main sponsors of the Wee Burns, and this help means that the event becomes accessible to pretty much anyone with an interest in Scottish culture, and Robert Burns in particular. Tickets are priced at just HUF 5,000 per person, and include a 3-course dinner along with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, traditional Scottish music from our regular Hungarian piper György Kéri (pictured right) and dancing from the Budapest Scottish Dance Society. And if you fancy trying your hand at a Gay Gordons or the Dashing White Sergeant then Debbie Moss is always there to lead you through the steps.

In addition to the Robert Burns International Foundation and St. Columba’s, the Wee Burns would not be possible without the support of Oxford University Press who print the programmes, and the band for the evening ‘Dagda’.

For more information, please contact: Aaron Stevens at St Columba’s Scottish Church (email: revastevens@yahoo.co.uk, tel: 06-70-615-5394).