On 26th January 2019, the British Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania is organising its 20th Burns Night in Vilnius to celebrate the birthday of the Scottish national poet, Robert Burns (1759 – 1796) and to raise for local youth & children charities.
The event in Vilnius will also mark 20 years of continuous promotion of Scottish traditions and culture in Lithuania and will be held in two venues: Vilnius – Palace of the Grand Dukes and followed in Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square.
Over the years the growing local interest in Scottish traditions and fundraising for charities has successfully transformed the BCCL’s annual Burns Night celebration into a highly popular event supported and enjoyed by the local business community in Vilnius. It is a wonderful and uniting tradition with no borders or politics. Once a year we come together to learn about Scottish culture, enjoy Scottish music, dance and traditions, and generously support the Chamber in its fundraising for Lithuanian charities.
About Burns Night in Vilnius
Burns Night in Vilnius is the most popular annual charity event of the British Chamber of Commerce, each year attended by 300 guests including CEOs of Lithuanian, British and International companies in Lithuania, members of Lithuanian Government, diplomats and guests from Scotland and England. The event receives a significant coverage in the national press.
Since 2000, Burns Night in Vilnius raised over 90.000 EUR shared by 24 different children and youth organizations in Lithuania or educational projects related to children or youth.
Over 30 companies each year are keen to engage and associate their company name or brand through a variety of Sponsorship tiers and opportunities that exist in relations to this magnificent fundraising Gala. Our team is extremely proud to mark the 20th anniversary of Burns Night in Vilnius, which over the years grew from a small to a magnificent event, where Top British – International and local business come under one roof to enjoy amazing Scottish cultural traditions and raise for the local charities!
What to expect at 20th Burns Night in Vilnius:
The 4 course sit-down dinner will feature the full Scottish menu, introduced by the Scottish Chef Scott Kennedy, who will be also delivering famous R. Burns’s poem ‘Address to a Haggis’.
20th Burns Night Menu
1st Starter – Red lentil soup (vegetarian)
(Red lentils cooked with winter vegetables, pureed and topped with crisp parsley)
2nd Starter – Haggis, neeps & tatties (vegetarian haggis on request)
Main Course – Roast Beef Fillet
(Tender beef fillet served with parsnip puree, orange glazed carrots, mature cheddar cheese dumplings and thyme gravy)
Dessert – Clootie pudding
(Scottish pudding with fruits and spices, steamed and served with whiskey clotted cream).
The guests will be welcomed and The Haggis will be piped in by Ross French, the distinguished piper from Scotland.
For the stage performance at the Dinner, we are pleased to welcome back SAOR PATROL music band from Central Scotland and Fife, the ancient Celtic Kingdom of Scotland for the 20th Burns Night in Vilnius.Their original pipe tunes and drum rythms please, and excite audiences around the world, and launch the listener into “Exciting Tribal Experience”. Over 20 years of Burns Nights in Vilnius, this music band managed to gain large numbers of fans among distinguished Burns Night guests.
Traditional Scottish Toast to the Lassies will be delivered by Nick Price, passionate about life, people and fun. Nick likes to think he had many of the characteristics of Robert Burns but without his talent! For sometime, Nick had his business in Lithuania years ago and was BCCL Board member. Based in Scotland, he is looking for the new opportunities to return and set up a new business in Lithuania.
The 20th Burns Night welcomes back Annabel Gaywood, who will deliver Reply from the Lassies.
Annabel was born and brought up in Stirlingshire where she learned to love Burns’ poetry, and in particular ‘To a Mouse’, from and early age!
After the Dinner and the Charity Raffle at the Palace of Grand Dukes, all the Guests will be invited to walk across the Cathedral Square for the 2nd and no less important part of 20th Burns Night in Vilnius – traditional Scottish ceilidh dancing and informal ‘after party’ at Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square.
The ceilidh band this year – Rerr Terr, which is pleased to return back to Vilnius after 2016 and lead the guests through fantastic ceilidh dances. The band is one of Scotland’s best loved and in demand ceilidh bands. Rerr Terr was established in 1998 by three good friends and has gone from strength to strength playing regularly at some of Britain’s most prestigious venues for some incredible hosts such as J.K. Rowling, the Duke of Buccleuch and the Marquess of Bute. The trio play accordion, fiddle and drums in a lively and energetic fusion style and just makes people want to get up and dance. Come and join them after the dinner and have a rerr terr!
Sponsorship opportunities are still available!
Should you be interested to discuss the sponsorhip opportunities, please contact Sandra Kundrote, BCCL Executive Director by e-mail: email@example.com or Mob. +370 611 37487.
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