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The Robert Burns Night returns to Kraków

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The event celebrating Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet, takes place in many places around the globe and is organised mainly by the British Chambers of Commerce operating in a number of countries.

The Krakow Robert Burns Night dedicated to the life and works of the poet born in 1579 took place in the day of his birthday, that is, 25 January. The New Year Networking Cocktail Party was an unique opportunity to meet the companies operating in the southern Poland and cooperating with the BPCC, and strengthen the contacts while drinking whisky and listening traditional Scottish music. The event gathered some Englishman and Scots wearing traditional Scottish kilts.  

The Cocktail Party took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Krakow. The evening was opened by Paweł Siwecki, CEO BPCC, who brought back a Scottish tradition of the Robert Burns Night events organised by the BPCC in  Krakow in the 90’s. Next, he introduced the master of ceremony and Scotch whisky ambassador, Martyn O’Reilly. The following spoke: Kazimierz Karasiński, Honorary Consul of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island. The consul recalled some memories and anecdotes about the past Scottish events placed in Kraków. Next, Urszula Kwaśniewska, Regional Director BPCC, pointed out the existing cooperation between Krakow and Edinburgh that are partner cities. A couple of months ago Krakow received a specially design Scottish tartan during the Scottish Tartan Festival in Krakow. During the evening the letter from Frank Ross, Lord Provost of Edinburgh was read out by Urszula Kwaśniewska. It is worth mentioning that the British Poland Chamber of Commerce and the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce signed an agreement on mutual cooperation and reinforcing contacts so as to carry out various undertakings beneficial to both parties.

Next, Urszula Kwaśniewska thanked the event partners for their huge engagement and support. The partners of the event were: Grant Thornton, accountancy and advisory firm and Macro-Work, temporary work agency. A special partner of the evening was DIAGEO Business Club that provided whisky and high quality cocktails. The representatives of the company: Michał Szwaja, Paweł Lipnicki and the bartenders supported the guests with its professional service and wide knowledge on the served alcohol.

After the official part, Iain Leyden, the representative of the Scotch community in Poland fulfilled the ritual connected with Ode To A Haggis, the poem written by Burns to celebrate his appreciation of the Haggis. This was followed by poetry reading of Scotland’s national bard, also translated into Polish. After tasting the traditional food and drinks a lottery with attractive prizes took place. The prizes sponsored by Radisson Blu Hotel, Kraków Airport, Dwór Sieraków, DIAGEO Business Club and Edinburgh City Hall were drawn by Lidia Wiszniewska, General Manager of the hotel.

The evening ended with a traditional Scotch song and dance. The next Robert Burns Night in Krakow will take place next year!

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