Tamfest is an annual festival which takes place in Ayr, South Ayrshire in Scotland. As the birthplace of Robert Burns, the people of Ayrshire are hugely passionate about celebrating the life and legacy of Burns.
Tamfest was named after Burns legendary poem Tam O’Shanter which depicts the story of Tam O’Shanter on a night out in Ayr ending up meeting with the devil and witches on Halloween with the witches chasing him and his horse Meg all the way home!
Tamfest is an incredible event which takes place throughout October, culminating in events around Halloween, involving the whole community who come out to support the event. Local schoolchildren, artists and performers take part in celebrating both Robert Burns and Halloween and the incredible link between them. There’s usually live music performances all over the town of Ayr, a haunted house tour and an amazing ‘Dawn of the Deid’ procession which takes place with hundreds of local people, families and children taking part all dressed in spooky outfits as ghouls and ghosts!
This year Tamfest will take place online as a virtual event, live streaming from the famous Gaiety Theatre in Ayr with a brilliant program of live music, performances and a few spooky surprises thrown in. You can watch the live stream on Sunday October 25th from 10am GMT to 6PM GMT on the Tamfest YouTube Channel here.
Tamfest has been running since 2015 and was set up by local businesswoman and musician Meredith McCrindle. Originally from Texas and now a resident of Ayr, Meredith is passionate about the local community, the incredible heritage of Robert Burns and of Scotland itself.
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