Tam-tastic festival for Burns fans

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People in East Dunbartonshire are being invited to go ‘Tam O’Shanter’ crazy as a festival dedicated to the famous 18th century character begins.

TAMfest 2015, which runs until 18 March, is a celebration of the fact that the Lillie Art Gallery is hosting ‘Tam O’Shanter - A Tale Told in Paintings’. This is a free exhibition and features 30 of artist Alexander Goudie’s celebrated collection, depicting the Burns classic. The collection is on loan to the Lillie from Rozelle House (South Ayrshire Council).

Other event around the great poet and writer include, A celebration of Burns Day: songs and poems at Brookwood Library, Bearsden. It will be held at 2.30pm on Saturday, January 24 and is free

Evening lecture by Dr Fred Freeman – ‘A fiddler and a poet’: songs by Robert Burns at the Lillie Art Gallery at 7.30pm on Wednesday 28 January. Free

Burns ‘n’ Banter with Tam O’Shanter. Aimed at 8-11 yrs. It will be a mix of Burns banter and intoxicating tales at Milngavie Library and the Lillie at 3.30pm on Wednesday 11 February. Free but booking essential

The sounds of Tam O’Shanter – a dramatic reading of the poem by actor Tam Dean Burn, accompanied by music composed by young musicians with a range of communication needs and learning difficulties. Lillie Art Gallery at 2.30pm on Wednesday, March 4. (not suitable for very young children).

Join the TAMTRAM – are you part of a local community group? Then why not jump on the TAMTRAM, a free bookable bus to take you and your friends to ‘Tam O’Shanter - A Tale Told in Paintings’ at the Lillie? Book soon as there’s limited availability!

Guided talks of the exhibition by Bearsden and Milngavie Decorative and Fine Arts Society – Saturdays throughout January and February – free.

Scott Hill, Chair of EDLC Trust, said: “Securing this exhibition was a real coup for the Lillie. We want to make the most of it while we have it with us, so we decided to use this opportunity to celebrate all things Tam O’Shanter, and of course Burns. I believe it has something for everyone and is Scottish culture at its best.”

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of Development and Regeneration, added: “This exhibition is a national treasure and I hope as many local people as possible come along to see it. You’re never too young – or old – to appreciate the great works of Burns and I hope as many people as possible take the opportunity to sample TAMfest.”