The festival returns from 14th-30th January across Dumfries, and has announced its first acts.
Comedians Russell Kane, Nish Kumar, Rosie Jones join festival favourites Skerryvore, Scottish Album of the Year 2021 contenders Stanley Odd, the return of homegrown festival favourite Celtic cabaret Le Haggis Royal and London African Gospel Choir performing a special rendition of Paul Simon’s Graceland, thirty-five years after its first release. The 2022 festival opens with the Eden Winter Warmer, a magical winter celebration in partnership with the Eden Festival.
An increase in comedy signals a refreshed vision for the festival to develop as Scotland’s Winter Fringe Festival, which includes the same level of events over a longer period of time to help accommodate increased audience capacity and public health measures.
Community engagement remains at the heart of the festival. The much-loved Dumfries Carnival, will utilise empty buildings in Dumfries town centre as festival spaces and Stand-Up Dumfries, a new stand-up comedy show will showcase local comedic talent.
Further programme details will be released in October.
Graham Main (Chief Executive, Big Burns Supper) said: “Our line-up and remodelled festival includes as much humour and community togetherness as we could possibly achieve. We feel, that more than anything our audience could do with a laugh and a chance to reconnect with old friends and new. We’ve listened and learned a lot since our last physical festival in 2020 and we are confident and so very excited that our massively revamped 2022 festival represents not only the best of our local community and the finest artists in the UK, but also really properly shows off the transformative power of the arts to bring us back together.”
Adam Wilson (Councillor) said: “Dumfries and Galloway Council is delighted that 2022 can be welcomed in with an extended Big Burns Supper Festival. It was sorely missed in Dumfries town centre in 2021 but online it gained a worldwide profile to promote our region’s charismatic and confident cultural sector. Big Burns Supper has more surprises than a hyperactive jack in the box and I’m really looking forward to taking in many of its events.”
Tickets are available now online at www.bigburnssupper.com, in person at the Creative Hub in the Loreburne Shopping Centre or by calling 01387 733717.