Dance and music in the secret poetry garden

Bring your lunch and join us for al fresco circle dance, poetry and live music on Thursday, 22 September 2022, 12 noon in the circle backgreen of our home – the Scottish Storytellng Centre.
Rain or shine, enjoy the ancient dancing in a circle, known in Bulgaria as ‘horo’, but presented by Scottish dance artists and teachers, including our new Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland member Katie Jack from Central Scotland Circle Dance. Horo, spelled ‘хоро’ in Bulgarian Cyrillic, derives from the Greek χορός (khorós), meaning ‘dance’. The original meaning of the Greek word χορός may have been ‘circle’.
Expect also old favourite Bulgarian songs performed live by Edinburgh-based Bulgarian-born vocalist Desislava Stankova. Catch the last day of Thistles and Sunflowers poetry trail featuring 16 Bulgarian and Scottish writers and artists.
Celebrate the end of the first edition of Thistles and Sunflowers Festival 2022 which began in May with poetry writ large on the walls of the Storytelling Court and the launch of Dance Fusion – our new Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland co-commission for ten trad dancers and musicians. The end of this festival also marks 22 September – Bulgaria’s Independence Day.


Part of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 and Thistles and Sunflowers Festival running 18 May – 22 September 2022 – a spotlight on artists and stories from the lands of thistles and sunflowers, i.e. Scotland and Bulgaria curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Daniela Dimova-Yaneva. Initiated and produced by the Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland.

This final event is made possible through the support of Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland. It is free and open to all and there is no need to book in advance.

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