The festival is a week long event and takes place in Burns home county of Ayrshire. It attracts over 30,000 people to a series of events including a gala concert, festival club, open air concerts, fireworks displays and theatre productions. There is also a full fringe programme in a range of venues throughout Ayrshire.
The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award is presented annually at the festival to recognise the efforts of those who put humanitarian concerns above all others. Previous winners include Sir John Sulston for his work on the human genome project; Yitzhak Frankenthal, co-founder of The Parent's Circle which represents bereaved families campaigning for peace in the Israeli-Palestine conflict; and Sir Clive Stafford Smith who has represented clients in capital trials in the southern states of the US.
Find out more about this year’s festival at www.burnsfestival.com