Day o’ the Deid

Mexico comes to Ayrshire, an outlandish project dreamed up by artists Leona Stewart (, and Ian McNicol ( initially funded by South Ayrshire Council and The Gaiety’s Ayrshire Youth Arts Network. An evening procession of music and colourfully dressed dancers as part of Tamfest, the annual Ayrshire celebration of Robert Burns’ famed poem Tam O’Shanter.

Each year following the 2016 debut has seen a series of workshops involving the local community and various artists to create costumes and props for the procession. Giant skeletons, sombreros, and a skeletal ‘Meg’ (Tam O’Shanter’s horse) are just some of the contributions to this unlikely but successful carnival of the dead.