Edinburgh’s New Winter Festival – Red, Red Rose Street

2017 has started with a bang and everyone has grabbed the opportunities with both hands, on with all things bright and new! The latest festival to join Edinburgh’s almighty 12 is Red, Red Rose Street.  The new winter festival celebrating the world famous Scots poet Robert Burns or as we know him here in Bonnie Scotland Rabbie Burns. The new Edinburgh festival started on the 21st January and at a week long, it is full of entertaining dialogues, stories, poems and of course sing alongs to some of the old favourites.

Red Red Rose Street Festival. New Edinburgh Festival
Red Red Rose Street Festival ©MDHarding

Visiting New Edinburgh Festival – Red, Red Rose Street

Red, Red Rose Street

The Red, Red Rose Street Festival takes place in venues around Rose Street, located in the New Town of Edinburgh at a ripe old age of 247! Sandwiched between Princes Street and George Street and named after the two royal reigns coming together. Designed and constructed during the time of King George III you can see the many stone roses along the walkway. The Rose being the emblem of England and Thistle Street running alongside with the Thistle being the emblem of Scotland.

Today the pedestrian Rose Street is also known as the Amber Mile with its abundance of pubs, shops and unique market stalls.

Rose Street, Edinburgh. New Edinburgh Festival
Rose Street, Edinburgh ©MDHarding

Bletherin Burns

I was lucky to sample a part of the new Edinburgh festival first hand with an entertaining evening event entitled Bletherin Burns. Three completely different venues located on Rose Street with a variety of the spoken word. The first part of the evening took place in The Element Bar with three enthusiastic entertainers with their own unique and inspirational use of the spoken word. Then on to Patisserie Valerie and up the stairs to enjoy heartfelt romantic poetry – that pulls you into something so powerful, only lovers would exchange and songs accompanied by the Indian shruti boxthen on to The Rosehip Bar for some comedy and chuckling. It was a fun filled night that I would highly recommend!

There was lots more going on throughout the week at the Red, Red Rose Street festival for all the family including an event called Baby Burns tailored to Rabbie’s younger fans too.

Toast To The Lassies: Robert Burns & The Role Of Women Exhibition

Toast to the Lassies’ invites viewers to enjoy works by Calum Colvin, celebrating Scotland’s most famous poet. “Burns has a complex and sometimes contentious relationship with women, seeing them both as figures of inspiration and as objects of desire. Avidly promiscuous in his relationships, it was not purely a physical pleasure for him. Moreover, Burns’ poetry reveals a man who genuinely adored women and wrote some of the most famous declarations of love ever immortalised in the English language. Addressing notions of femininity, masculinity, and the power struggle between artist, viewer, and subject” – Gallery 23. Calum Colvin has us ponder and question how the works were created, the perspective and the story that lays behind the objects used. Thought provoking and imaginative, I loved it! The exhibition is open until 13th February at Gallery 23.

Toast To The Lasses Exhibition. New Edinburgh Festival
Toast To The Lasses Exhibition ©MDHarding

Getting around Edinburgh city centre is very easy with great public transport links and most attractions/events taking place within walking distance. With flight prices being at an all time low and a great selection of accommodation available at this time of year for all budgets. It’s an ideal time to visit and explore this iconic and historic city.

I hope you have enjoyed learning about the new Edinburgh festival – Red, Red Rose Street and Robert Burns inspired events. As Always I would love to hear from you. Please leave any comments/questions below.  Happy Travels:) x


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 Michelle has a love of travel and photography, which has currently taken her to six continents. Experiencing other cultures/history and food both independently and while working on-board luxury cruise ships. Discover more about Michelle, her enthusiasm for travel and photography via: www.MDHardingTravelPhotography.com

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