Civic Office monthly update
After a fantastic Christmas season, the New Year saw both the Provost and the Depute Provost out and about, supporting communities across South Ayrshire.
An inspirational young woman, working to empower and transform the lives of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was named winner of the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award 2017. Marcelline Budza was named the winner at a special ceremony and celebration concert at the Brig o' Doon Hotel in Alloway – the birthplace of Burns. Part of the annual Alloway 1759 celebrations, the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award – supported by South Ayrshire Council and Scotland's Winter Festivals – recognises courage, commitment, inspiration and hands-on humanitarian efforts from people of any nationality, race, age or gender.
For only the second time in their history all of Alexander Goudie's celebrated Tam o' Shanter paintings in the South Ayrshire Council collection went on public display. This landmark exhibition, which runs until the middle of March at Rozelle House and the Maclaurin Art Gallery in Alloway, is a golden opportunity to see these iconic paintings up close and personal and all for free. Painted in 1995 to mark 200 years since the death of Scotland's most famous bard, the 54 larger than life paintings are acknowledged as among the very best Scottish narrative or illustrative works.
The Burns theme continued through the month with the Ayr Burns Club Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony, which celebrates the birthday of our national bard. We also attended the Prestwick Academy Burns supper, which provided even more of a taste of the work of Burns.
On a more international theme, a number of events helped to celebrate the Chinese New Year including the Chinese Consulate in Edinburgh, the Chinese Cultural & Welfare Society Scotland, and the Confederation of Chinese Associations in Scotland New Year Celebration. South Ayrshire is committed to developing closer cultural ties with China with educational resources like our Confucius Hub helping to give our young people a greater understanding of the growing ties between our two countries.
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