Camperdown's Robert Burns festival unveils line-up

It is still two months away, but the region’s premier Scottish festival is already revealing its new-look line-up for the 2017 event.

The Robert Burns Scottish Festival, to be held in Camperdown from May 19-21, will feature fresh faces and familiar performers on the bill.

New names Satch Campbell, John McAuslan, Siobhan Owen, Platform 9¾ and Duck Duck Goose will join festival favourites Fiona Ross, Tolka, Likely Celts, Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt to perform over the weekend.

Organising committee member and Corangamite Shire councillor Ruth Gstrein said final touches were now being made to the festival program.

“It’s a great mix of big name folk artists and local talent such as Tuniversal and Warrnambool Pipes and Drums (WADPADI),” she said.

The Robert Burns Scottish Festival is a weekend of music, dance and poetry celebrating Camperdown’s unique link to Scottish poet Robert Burns.

Dr John Menzies, councilor Ruth Gstrein, Dr Peter Hughes (World President Robert Burns Foundation), Roddy MacDonald and Donald Blair at a previous Robert Burns festival.

Dr John Menzies, councilor Ruth Gstrein, Dr Peter Hughes (World President Robert Burns Foundation), Roddy MacDonald and Donald Blair at a previous Robert Burns festival.

A rare statue of the Scottish bard stands in Camperdown’s civic centre.

Each year the Robert Burns festival draws in crowds of people who love all things Scottish.

The event program includes live music in the historic Court House and Theatre Royal, piping and highland dancing competitions, jamming and busking, Scottish family dancing, the Deer Stalkers Dinner, art and history exhibitions, music workshops and whisky tasting.

A full program will be released by Easter with tickets on sale in April.

Tickets can be purchased from Corangamite Shire on 5593 7100.

For more information visit www.camperdownburnsfestival.com