Festival celebrates Robert Burns

Karen Dunbar reciting Tam O' Shanter for opening of Alexander Goudie exhibition.
Karen Dunbar reciting Tam O' Shanter for opening of Alexander Goudie exhibition.

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 March 18, is a celebration of the fact that the Lillie Art Gallery in Milngavie is hosting ‘Tam O’Shanter - A Tale Told in Paintings’.

This free exhibition 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).

TAMfest has something for all ages and will include:

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, February 11. This is free but booking is 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. (Please note this will be a spooky experience so perhaps not suitable for very young children)

Local community groups could also 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.

There will be guided talks of the exhibition by Bearsden and Milngavie Decorative and Fine Arts Society – Saturdays throughout January and February – free.

To book any of these events please call 0141 777 3143 or email your request to: edlc.bookings@eastdunbarton.gov.uk. TAMfest leaflets will be available on the EDLC website, as well as in cultural services venues.