On 1st of February 2020, the British Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania is organising its 21st Burns Night in Vilnius to celebrate the birthday of the Scottish national poet, Robert Burns (1759 – 1796) and to raise for local youth & children charity
The event in Vilnius will also mark 21 years of continuous promotion of Scottish traditions and culture in Lithuania
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.
Burns Night in Vilnius is the most popular annual charity event of the British Chamber of Commerce, each year attended by nearly 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 significant coverage in the national press.
Since 2000, Burns Night in Vilnius raised over 100.000 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 relation to this magnificent fundraising Gala. Our team was extremely proud to mark the 20th anniversary of Burns Night in Vilnius, which over the years grew from a small to an extraordinary event, where Top British – International and local business come under one roof to enjoy amazing Scottish cultural traditions and raise for the local charities!
The 4-course sit-down dinner did feature the full Scottish menu, introduced and prepared by Gediminas Andriuškevičius, an Executive Chef at Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel.
1st Starter – Lightly salted Scallop cod and salmon torchon, avocado and yolk cream, caviar and salicorn.
Vegetarian option – Red lentil soup (Red lentils cooked with winter vegetables, pureed and topped with crisp parsley)
2nd Starter – Haggis, neeps & tatties (vegetarian haggis on request)
Main Course – Matured beef steak with pepper sauce, roasted roots and stewed spinach.
Vegetarian option – Crispy filo dough basket with fried butter pumpkin and asparagus.
Dessert – Sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce.
All the guests will be welcomed and The Haggis will be piped in by Craig Weir, the distinguished piper from Scotland.
The famous R. Burns’s poem ‘Address to a Haggis’ will be recited by Graeme Barclay, a Rerr Terr Ceilidh Band member and a manager of music services at South Lanarkshire Council in Scotland.
For the stage performance at the Dinner, we are pleased to welcome ENGLAND QUEEN’S ROYAL HUSSARS MILITARY BAND – the most senior armoured regiment in the British Army, with a distinguished service history and close ties to the Duke of Edinburgh!
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 some time, Nick had his business in Lithuania years ago and was a BCCL Board member. Based in Scotland, he is looking for new opportunities to return and set up a new business in Lithuania.
The 21st Burns Night welcoming Edith Glennie, who will deliver Reply from the Lassies!
Part Scottish, Edith has lived in various countries, including Wales, Canada and now Lithuania. Her passions are languages, reading and cats, and she’s currently a diplomatic spouse and teaching ESL to adults here in Lithuania.
After the Dinner and the Charity Raffle, all the guests are invited to another Hall for the traditional Scottish ceilidh dancing with a ceilidh caller and informal ‘after party’ in Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel after that.
The ceilidh band this year – Rerr Terr, which was pleased to return back to Vilnius 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 plays accordion, fiddle, and drums in a lively and energetic fusion style and just makes people want to get up and dance.
|6:00 PM||Arrival. Guests are welcomed by Scottish Piper Craig Weir near a press wall, followed by a glass of Champagne upstairs near the main dinner hall. Charity raffle tickets are offered for sale.|
|6:30 PM||As the piper marches to the main hall, the announcement is made about the start of 21st Burns Supper in Vilnius. Guests are invited to take seats.|
|6:45 PM||Welcome remarks, said by Chris Butler, Immediate Past Chairman of the BCCL and MC of the 21st Burns Night. Selkirk Grace said by Graeme Barclay. 1st starter is served.|
|7:15 PM||The Haggis is ceremonially piped in and the ‘Address to a Haggis’ is recited by Graeme Barclay. The Haggis is served as 2nd starter. The 1st stage performance by The Queen’s Royal Hussars military band.|
|8:15 PM||Main course and dessert are served and followed by the toasts: The Loyal Toast by Brian Olley, Her Britannic Majesty's Ambassador; Toast to the Lassies and Reply from the Lassies; Vote of thanks by Chris Butler, Immediate Past Chairman of the BCCL. 2 nd Stage performance by The Queen’s Royal Hussars;|
|9:30 PM||Charity raffle and auction start and led by Chris Butler, Immediate Past Chairman of the BCCL, followed by the announcement of raised amount for the charities.|
|10:00 PM||End of the dinner and the 1st part of 21st Burns Night. The guests are piped out from the main dining room and invited into the next Hall for the 2nd part.|
|10:20 PM||Traditional Scottish dancing led by RERR TERR excellent ceilidh band from Scotland to make your evening even most memorable.|
|12:00 AM||The End of ceilidh dancing, Informal party and mingling continued in Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel across the street. With your Burns Night ticket - complimentary drink is offered.|
|2:00 AM||The End of the End!|
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