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Auld Lang Syne

Review by Wangxiu Cheng and Yan Hong We welcome back student teacher-in-residence Wangxiu Cheng for her second-term residency 30 January–10 March 2023 with us at Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland. Wangxiu is an award-winning graduate of the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy. She is currently undertaking her MSc studies in Dance Science and Education at the … Continued

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Pomegranates 2023

BOOK NOW Book your Pomegranates 2023 festival tickets on Pay What You Can basis through the Scottish Storytelling Centre Box Office in person or online by clicking the BOOK NOW link. Please note that the suggested donation of £15 per day will be reinvested in next year’s festival!   We are delighted to announce the … Continued

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Steve Byrne Appointed As New Director of TRACS

TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland) is delighted to announce that they have appointed Steve Byrne as their new Director. A noted performer, researcher, folklorist and community activist, Steve Byrne will take up his appointment from March 2023, continuing the work of TRACS and its three forums for traditional music, storytelling, and traditional dance; and … Continued

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Directory of Musicians Spotify Playlist #20 – Robert Burns Special

Directory of Musicians Spotify Playlist #20 – Robert Burns Special This January we have a special playlist celebrating the songs of Robert Burns with tracks by Robyn Stapleton, Dougie MacLean, Karen Matheson, North Sea Gas, Claire Hastings, Ivan Drever, Eddi Reader, The Tannahill Weavers, Ewan MacColl, and Mairi Campbell & David Francis. scotlandonline.org  

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Congolese Traditional Dance

Congratulations to Kalubi Mukengela–Jacoby of Indigo Dance Company who, following our open call, was selected for the new Traditional Dance Residency through the ongoing partnership between the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland and Dance Base – Scotland’s national centre for dance. Kalubi’s residency will take place at our partner’s beautiful studios in Edinburgh this spring, … Continued

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C is for Ceilidh

We are delighted to be one of the partners for C is for Ceilidh Club – a new after-school club running at Edinburgh’s Abbeyhill Primary School. It is led by traditional dance artist-in-residence Caroline Brockbank as part of the curated artist-in-residence programme at the school. The first block of sessions will run weekly at the … Continued

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Illustrated Freelancer’s Guide

“We are encouraged to become… microentrepreneurs of the self, acting as if we are our own, precarious, freelance microenterprises in a context in which we are being steadily deprived of employment rights, public services and welfare support.” Gary Hall in “The Uberfication of the University” This is the fitting preface of The Illustrated Freelancer’s Guide … Continued

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Directory of Musicians Spotify Playlist #19 – Christmas Special

Directory of Musicians Spotify Playlist #19 – Christmas Special: a 36 minute festive playlist featuring amazing music from The Outside Track, The Furrow Collective, Phil Cunningham’s Christmas Songbook Band, Mike Vass and Siobhan Miller. scotlandonline.org

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New Interactive, Open-access Website Opens Up a Magical Gateway to Scotland’s Diverse Oral Storytelling Traditions

Map of Stories (mapofstories.scot) is a unique, multimedia website developed as part of Scotland’s Year of Stories, which allows audiences across Scotland and beyond to explore the rich diversity of Scotland’s oral storytelling traditions. The website is completely open-access and free to use, and features a literal map of Scotland, onto which have been placed … Continued

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Appointment of new Director of TRACS

Steve Byrne has been appointed as the new Director of TRACS, and will take up his post in March 2023. Steve Byrne says: “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed to lead an organisation that I consider to be key to the future of traditional arts in Scotland. I am looking forward to working with … Continued

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