The “Wee Burns” in Budapest
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.
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 include a 3-course dinner with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, traditional haggis served with “neeps and tatties”, traditional Scottish music from Hungarian piper György Kéri and dancing from the Budapest Scottish Dance Club. 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, accompanied as ever by Celtic music band Dagda.
In addition to the Robert Burns International Foundation and St. Columba’s, the Wee Burns would not be possible without the support of Ecosse World Logistics Kft. as well as The Hungarian Scottish Society and Generali Alapkezelő Zrt.
For more information, please contact: Rev. Aaron Stevens at St Columba’s Scottish Church (email: Astevens@churchofscotland.org.uk, tel: +36-30-567-6356).