Çalış Carnival’s annual Burns Night Supper was an international success with 10 different nationalities represented, reflecting this years Carnival theme “One World”.

Burns Night is celebrated by Scotsmen all over the world on or around the 25 January in memory of the birth of famous Scottish poet Robbie Burns.

Çalış was no exception as resident Scots, many dressed in traditional kilts and tartan, packed the cosy Harman hotel together with guests from England, Wales, Ireland, Isle of Man, Turkey, Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan and Lithuania.

“The theme of this year’s Çalış Carnival is “One World” and the Burns Supper reflected this theme exactly.

It was great to see so many different nationalities represented, mixing together and enjoying themselves.

We intend to continue the “One World” theme through all of our events this year as well as the Carnival parade itself” said Carnival Chair Peter Clark.

On arrival, guests were piped into the hotel by local resident bagpipe player Charlie Leighton where they were then treated to the spectacle of piping in the haggis followed by the dramatic “Address to the Haggis” before enjoying a delicious three course meal including traditional haggis neeps and tatties (or savoury mince and vegetarian option for the not so brave!).

Afterwards there were formal toasts to the “Immortal Memory”, “The Lassies” and “The Laddies”, before guests were invited to take the floor for traditional Scottish country dancing led by Colin and Sine Rous.

The successful evening, which was the third annual supper to be organized by the Carnival Committee, raised over 550 TL for the Carnival charity helping disadvantaged local children.

Peter Clark said “The Carnival Committee would like to thank the staff and management at the Harman hotel for all their hard work and providing such a delicious meal. We would also like to thank Pera Organisation for the beautiful decorations. The committee are already in discussion with the hotel for next year and we have already received some advance ticket bookings so people must have enjoyed themselves!”

Mike “Mr Scotland” Mitchell (right) and Group A lucky raffle winner!


  1. Hi, I would really love to track down the bagpiper, Charlie Leighton, to possibly play at my wedding in June 2015 in Oludeniz.

    Is there a contact or email address he may have to see if he still lives in Turkey etc.