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Big Burns Supper announces biggest line up to date with Russell Kane, Nish Kumar and Rosie Jones headlining

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The full programme for the The Big Burns Supper has been announced, with comedians Russell Kane, Nish Kumar and Rosie Jones headlining.

Organisers of the annual event have promised it will be “as close to normal as possible” following a virtual event this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Dumfries festival will see musicians and artists perform from January 14-30 2022 with over 190 free shows and events confirmed.

Other confirmed acts include Eddi Reader, Susie McCabe, Basil Brush, Bake-Off winner Edd Kimber and gay rights activist Panti Bliss.

Music artists include the Yoruba Woman’s Choir from South Africa and the Brass Funkeys and fans of musical theatre will be treated to the six-piece musical theatre show, The WestEnders with Jill Nalder, the woman who inspired Russell T. Davies C4 show ‘It’s a Sin’.

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Theatre events include a new collaboration with The Vault Festival showcasing new contemporary theatre including Fringe First winner, Bobby & Amy, set amongst the devastation of the foot and mouth pandemic that hit farming communities in the late nineties and Apphia Campbell plays Nina Simone in the ground-breaking drama Black is the Colour of my Voice.

The festival will close to the Sunday Tribute Sessions featuring tribute acts from across the UK including The Complete Stones Roses, The Small Fakers, Fleetwood Bach, Abba Revival and Rocketman.

Families will also be able to take part in the World Haggis Tossing Championship at the town’s Mill Green. Family programme includes Peppa Pig on Stage and Baby loves Disco and a new interactive family treasure hunt across Dumfries.

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A new event, The Free Family Ceilidh will take place after Dumfries Carnival bursts back onto the streets, featuring feature a community cast of over 3,000 participants from 30 primary schools.

Graham Main, Chief Executive of Big Burns Supper said: “There has never been more of a compelling time to bring people back together.

“Audiences and artists have missed each other and our new three-week model will help them do just that. Our focus on local artists, produce and experience will also allow everyone to enjoy, explore and rediscover Dumfries & Galloway.”

Tickets are available from 12noon on Thursday, October 21 via www.bigburnssupper.com.