Big Burns Night In

Saturday 23 January 2021, 5.30 to 10pm

Hosted by Lorna Slater, co-leader, Scottish Greens

Edinburgh Greens move to your very own home to share our Burns Suppers, listen to some class acts, catch up with folk and have a laugh.

Many thanks to everyone for coming, taking part and making the Big Burns Night In such a success.

We surpassed all our expectations in so many ways – thank you so much!

Prize Draw

Congratulations to the winners of the prize draw. We’ll be in touch to let you know how to claim your prize.





Many thanks to performers from the Big Burns Night In for permission to show these videos from the event.


Lounge Rooms

5.30 to 6.00pm

Doors open at 5.30pm

Join one of the local conversations with friends in the lounge rooms.

Main Stage

6.00 to 6.45pm

  • Welcome from our host: Lorna Slater
  • Piping in the Haggis: Stan Reeves
  • Address to the Haggis: Cllr Gavin Corbett
  • Burns Fiddler’s Companion: June Nelson
Lorna Slater
Lorna Slater, Big Burns Night In host

Lounge Rooms

6.45 to 7.15pm

Join one of the local conversations with friends in the lounge rooms.

A Burns quiz will also be hosted by Cllr Alex Staniforth in the Quiz Room. Questions kindly supplied by Goose Quizzes,

Main Stage

7.15 to 8.00pm

  • Come Away In – a musical welcome: Karine Polwart
  • Address from Experience: Patrick Harvie MSP
  • Reply from Exuberance: Ben Parker, Emily Frood and Yasmin Luqman
  • Indie folk: Moteh Parrott
Karine Polwart
Karine Polwart – songwriter, musician, storyteller, spoken word performer

Lounge Rooms

8.00 to 8.30pm

Quiz Room

Hosted by Cllr Alex Staniforth. Questions kindly supplied by Goose Quizzes,

Poetry Room

With Lizzie Ashworth, Lynn Davidson and John Kennedy.

Games Room

Hosted by Alys Mumford

Main Stage

8.30 to 9.00pm

  • Spoken word poetry: Gray Crosbie
  • Traditional Burns songs with a contemporary twist: Stringjammer Conrad Molleson with Jack Irvine and Lula Molleson
  • Auld Lang Syne: Irene Drummond
Gray Crosbie
Gray Crosbie – spoken word poet

After Party in Lounge Rooms

9.00 to 9.45pm

Dance Room

Push your furniture back, kick off your heels and join Green Cllr Steve Burgess and family for some after-party Highland dancing!

International Room

Hosted by Kate Nevens and Yasmin Luqman with Edinburgh alumni across the globe

Poetry Room

Open mic hosted by John Palmer

Music Room

Jamming session hosted by Nikki Macleod

Pub Rooms

BYOB and chat

Main Stage

9.45 to 10pm

  • Prize Draw
  • Competition Prize Awards
  • Farewell


To enter ‘Best Dressed Haggis‘ submit a photo of your Haggis to this poll before you eat it and vote on your favourite Haggis using the same link.

To nominate a guest for Best Dressed Guest message their name (the one visible on Zoom) to Tech Kat in the chat on Zoom on the night before 9pm. We will post the Poll in the chat after this so you can vote on who is dressed to most impress!

The Scottish Vegan Cookbook cover
‘Best Dressed Haggis’ wins a signed copy of The Scottish Vegan Cookbook by Jackie Jones.

Download the programme flyer here (PDF 1.5MB)

Download the Lounge Rooms programme sheet here (PDF 730kb)

Haggis Neeps and Tatties with Mushroom Gravy
Serving suggestion for your haggis (neeps and tatties with mushroom gravy)


Try out Jackie Jones’ Vegan Haggis and Susie’s Cranachan!

Prize Draw

Hand-woven scarf by John Palmer, Chocolate Tree Classic Collection of 25 Chocolates, Michelle Lowe hand-made slipware Bluebell Vase, Anna Liebmann Willow Shopping Basket, The Wee Boulangerie Voucher for two ‘Flour of Scotland’ Loaves, Bike Morningside Bike Maintenance £50 Voucher, Studio Apron by Nicky Palmer, Small Hamper of Goodies from The New Leaf Co-op, 35 Vegan Gyoza from the Harajuku Kitchen, 10 Year Old Arran Single Malt, Celestron Travel Telescope.

Download our Prize Draw leaflet here, or click/tap on the images below.

Many many thanks to all who have donated prizes.