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This year the festival was online, due to lockdown.

The RBWF Part of the Festival - Tam Breaks the Internet

To open the poster Tamfest - RBWF Poster

1. Where in the world is Robert Burns? Between the dates of 1st October and the 12th, people were encouraged to use Twitter to send in a photo, details and location including GPS (where possible) of Statues of the famous Scotsman, Robert Burns or references to his work in physical form, using the hashtag #RabBurnsWorld

2. Lecturing Tam on the ABCs 

Monday 5th October - A. “In and Out of Tam o’ Shanter” Delivered by Jim Thomson, who is a past president of the Federation - based on his book of the same name. Video of the event :

Wednesday 7th October - B. “Tam o’ Shanter; A Tale of its First Publication” Delivered by Bill Dawson, who is a past president of the Federation - What drove Burns to compose the poem and when was the actual first date of publication :

Friday 9th October -  C. “Supernatural Burns” Delivered by Marc Sherland, President of the Federation - Why was Robert Burns so obsessed with the spooky and the supra-natural? Video of the event :

3. Tam the Glorious - Saturday 10th October - Competition video - An international  competition for the best ‘Glorious Tam’ recitation through use of Zoom. judged by RBWF Senior Vice President, Henry Cairney; Polly Beck, Speech & Drama Specialist; Jackie Higgins, Senior Vice President of Dumfries Ladies Burns Club. 

Contestants : David Brown, Ron Pratt, Simon Lamb, Andy Harrower, Jim Osborne

The winner in 1st place was Andy Harrower and in 2nd place David Brown. Congratulations to every participant.  Video of the event :

Tamfest started in 2015 as Ayrshire’s premier family Halloween festival, but prompted by Lockdown the organisers took the opportunity to make it truly global by turning it into an internet sensation. Rooted in heritage and inspired by the apocryphal Tam o’ Shanter poem by Robert Burns, Tamfest is a festival unlike any other! 

Tamfest has grown into an enchanting experience for the entire family. Each year a line from the epic poem is chosen as the sub-theme to keep the festival fresh and offer new insight into the characters and explore the story of the Tam o’ Shanter. Tamfest is a spooktacular Halloween celebration with a Tam o’ Shanter twist. So why not join ghosts, ghouls and goblins all over the world and celebrate by viewing the record above of the RBWF part in it. 

Involving RBWF, Burns clubs, associations and societies across the globe. Social Media played a major role as did the online Tamfest portal which is at the website :