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Robert Burns Night

The British Polish Chamber of Commerce has the pleasure  to invite you to Robert Burns Night.


The BPCC will be celebrating the life and works of Scotland’s national poet on Wednesday 23 January 2019. 

Why Burns Night is so important?
Scottish winter nights are longer and colder than those experienced in southern England. Scotland - like Poland - has harsher, darker winters. Christmas has come and gone, but late January remains gloomy; spring is still a long way away. So the Scots created a special event to look forward to - a night warmed by food, drink, friendship and poetry, a celebration of the life and works of Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns. 

The celebration provides unique opportunity for entertaining your key clients, rewarding your employees or simply having a great night out with friends. It is also about building economic and personal relations between Poland and Scotland, as we will be hosting Scotland’s Minister for Trade, Ivan McKee.

The BPCC and the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce signed a memorandum of understanding last year, leading to a greater exchange of business development opportunities, insights and best practice.

This follows on from the creation of a partnership agreement between the cities of Edinburgh and Kraków. Above all, the cultural and historical links between the two countries are important - Scots have been present in Poland since the 16th century, Poles in Scotland since WW2. The tradition of the Burns Night supper has been upheld by the BPCC for many years now emphasising the friendship between the two nations.

Please join us to celebrate the life and times of the Scottish poet, Robert Burns. The evening will start with the Guest of Honour (as ever, the Haggis) being piped in, after which the gathering will drink the Toast to the Haggis with a measure of Uisghe Beathe (the water of Life).  Four-course dinner and guests’ speeches will follow.

18.30 Guests arrive, drinks reception, Column Bar


Welcome from Tony Reczek OBE and HMA Jonathan Knott, Chopin Ball Room


Entry of our guest of honour the Haggis with Tomasz Ujma, Piper of Częstochowa Pipes and Drums
Address to a Haggis Iain Leyden


Selkirk Grace


Dinner commences


Keynote speech by Ivan McKee, Minister for Trade, Scottish Government


The immortal memory of Robert Burns by Martyn O’Reilly
Poem: To a Mouse
Poem: To a Louse
Poem: My love is like a Red, Red Rose
Toast to the Lassies by Tony Reczek OBE
Reply on Behalf of the Lassies: Elżbieta Pełka
Song: A Man’s A Man For A’ That by Martyn O’Reilly
Toast: To the Immortal memory of Robert Burns
                              Auld Lang Syne


The night is still young: best of Scotland whisky tasting with Martyn O’Reilly, Moniuszko Room

Four course signature menu:
Salmon, vegetable salad, crème fraiche, fennel emulsion

Cullen Skink

Lamb shank, mustard and potato purée, glazed vegetables, apple chutney with ginger
Banoffee tart with bananas, toffee with whisky, shortbread crumble, vanilla cream

Accompanied by selected fine wines and Scottish malts


For more information and to reserve place(s) please contact events@bpcc.org.pl

2019-01-23, 06:30 pm (this event is in the past)

Venue Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel, ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 42/44, Warsaw
Organiser British Polish Chamber of Commerce

Keywords: Robert Burns Night

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The BPCC celebrated the life and works of Scotland’s national poet on 23 January 2019 in the presence of Scotland’s Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, Ivan McKee, and British Ambassador, Jonathan Knott.

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