PEOPLE’S FESTIVAL BURNS NIGHT ON THE BEACH OFFERS FUN WITH SERIOUS MESSAGE ON IMMIGRATION
Following the success of last year’s ‘BURNS NIGHT ON THE BEACH’ the Edinburgh People’s Festival is back at Portobello to celebrate Scotland’s bard. This year’s theme ‘Your welcome Willie Stewart’ honours the part migrants have played, and continue to play, in Scottish society.
People’s Festival spokesman Colin Fox explained the background to the event: ‘At a time when the country is engulfed by the Brexit debate the People’s Festival wanted to celebrate the positive role migrant labourers have played in building this country. Whether it be the immigrants who fled the Irish potato famine in the past or the Poles and Syrians of the present day Burns would have welcomed them all with open arms. Scotland is all the richer for having people choose to come and live here. We do not accept the economic and social problems of our time are caused by immigrants. Rather they are often its victims suffering egregiously at the hands of exploitative employers, greedy landlords and ignorant bigots.
‘Our Burns Night on the beach has a serious message, that we welcome Scotland’s newest arrivals from overseas. This is in tune with Robert Burns’ own thinking. And we will recall his poems and values in an enjoyable way around a warm camp fire, with lashings of hot food and drink to sustain us entertained by musicians, poets and comedians from far and wide.’
The Edinburgh People’s Festival ‘Burns on the Beach 2’ takes place on Sunday [22nd January] at 7pm on Portobello Beach at Bath Street from 7pm and is free.
Colin Fox, Director, Edinburgh People’s Festival Tel: 07790 581883
Note to Editors
A poster for ‘Burns on the Beach 2’ is attached to this press release and video footage of last year’s event can be found on our website.