Monday, 25 January 2010

Burns Week

I visited the Ulster-Scots Agency this afternoon for the launch of 'Burns week' and was welcomed by the new chair of the Agency John Hunter and the interim chief executive Hazel Campbell.  Music was provided by Iain Carlisle and Matthew Warwick of the Ulster-Scots Community Network, Dr Ian Adamson, a member of the Agency board, read one of Burns' poems and there was a demonstration of Scottish highland dancing.  Speaking at the launch I pointed out that 'Burns became part of the cultural life of Ulster, just as he was part of the cultural life of Scotland.'

There will be an opportunity to sample Ulster-Scots culture on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 1.00pm, at the Ulster-Scots Visitor and Information Centre in Great Victoria Street and on Thursday the venue is Donegal County Museum in Letterkenny, county Donegal.

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