A festival which claims to be the biggest celebration of Burns Night in the world is underway Dumfries. Thousands of people are in the town this weekend as it plays host to hundreds of special events.
The Big Burns Supper organisers made the decision to cancel the opening ceremony, due to severe weather conditions.
– Graham Main, Festival Director
“We understand that the community will be very disappointed by this decision, as will the hundreds of local school children who have worked tirelessly for months preparing for the show, however the safety of audience and participants has to be our first priority and it is with this in mind that the decision has been made to cancel.
“All other festival events will go ahead as planned, and with 100 events taking place at 45 venues, there is still plenty to choose from."
The organisers of the 'Big Burns Supper' in Dumfries have made the decision to cancel the opening ceremony, due to adverse weather conditions.
They said that the safety of all involved in the ceremony must come first.
Over 700 people were due to take to the stage at the Midsteeple in the town, for a musical and theatrical extravaganza.
All other events are scheduled to go ahead.
The 'world's biggest Burns supper' officially kicks off today.
The three day celebrations begin with a musical and theatrical opening ceremony at the Midsteeple in Dumfries, involving around 700 people.
Traditional Burns suppers are also taking place at various locations across the town.
A specially constructed 'Festival Village' is being held in the Old market at the Whitesands.
The village includes an original 1920's Spiegeltent, a children's tent and two outdoor bars.
Organisers of the 'Big Burns Supper' in Dumfries are preparing the various different tents and stages across the town.
The event, believed to be the biggest celebration of Burns in the world, kicks off on Friday.
Around 10,000 people are expected to attend the 'Big Burns Supper' in Dumfries this weekend.
The event is now in its third year and claims to be the biggest celebration on Burns in the world.
The big burns supper involves three days of live music and comedy shows, food courts, suppers, tours and Burns poetry recitals.
A new 'Festival Village' will be held in the Old market at the Whitesands. The village will include an original 1920's Spiegeltent, a children's tent and two outdoor bars.
A music stage at Midsteeple will host free performances all day, including an opening performance involving over 700 people.
Burns Suppers, tours and performance will be taking place at various locations in the town, with Scottish pop band 'Deacon Blue' performing at DG One on Saturday evening.
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Clubs, homes and restaurants across the region are preparing for the 'Big Burns Supper' in Dumfries- an annual celebration of Robert Burns
The event is in its third year and has been called the 'World's biggest Burns extravaganza.
Highlights include performances in music, theatre, dance, film and visual arts.
Deacon Blue are performing in Dumfries this year and hundreds of suppers are taking place across the region.