COVID-19 Announcement

The Scottish Storytelling Centre and John Knox House are currently closed to the public.


Getting People Dancing – Covid Recovery Fund. Just two weeks left to apply!

We are seeking proposals from individuals and organisations for traditional dance events to take place once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. There are just two weeks left to submit your applications. Apply by 12pm, Friday 30th April 2021 Full details and how to apply, click the link below. Getting People Dancing – Covid Recovery Fund


TDFS Development Weekend

Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland held a weekend of activity on the 10th and 11th April 2021. Saturday The weekend began with a performance and presentation from Sandra Robertson, Step Dancer. Sandra has danced since childhood. She trained in Highland Dancing for over 10 years gaining a teaching qualification with the BATD. She became interested … Continued


Traditional Music Forum Launches First Comprehensive Directory of Traditional Musicians in Scotland

(Photo above: Maeve Mackinnon – photo by Paul McNally) The Traditional Music Forum (TMF) and TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland) proudly present Scotland Online: A Directory of Musicians, the only comprehensive online resource of its kind, promoting traditional musicians working and recording in Scotland. To celebrate the launch of the directory, TMF have invited … Continued


Highland arts organisation awards musicians £40k for youth arts projects across Scotland

(Photo above: Successful applicant of the fund – Perthshire fiddler and 2017 winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, Charlie Stewart) New fund is supporting 12 freelance musicians to deliver a variety of music projects to young people £40,000 has been awarded to 12 musicians across Scotland to support them … Continued


An Evening Without Borders – TRACS is Inviting Europe for a Ceilidh

This World Storytelling Day, Sat 20 March 2021 at 7.30pm, TRACS is hosting a European Ceilidh to reach out to our friends, celebrate and strengthen our connections across Europe. As Lorenzo, one of our participating storytellers, put it so beautifully “If our stories have no borders, why should we?”. Of course, a traditional Ceilidh includes … Continued


The Bothy Society announce 2021 plans with Whyte, Adam Holmes, Man of The Minch, Brother Raksha, Eabhal, and Heisk

You might think 2020 was the worst possible year to start a music business, but we disagree. Out of this past year has come a number of important conversations about the music industry – worldwide and here in Scotland – which gives us an opportunity for change. This is something we at The Bothy Society … Continued


New Gaelic film encourages youngsters to explore the outdoors

A new Gaelic film aimed at young children, produced by arts organisation Fèisean nan Gàidheal, will be streamed on Facebook this Saturday 13th March. Cuairt Bheag (A Wee Walk) is a short film with a focus on the fun of exploring and playing outdoors and introduces the audience to Hùb Hàb who finds a magical … Continued


The 40th Edinburgh International Harp Festival, 9th – 12th April 2021

Last year, the Edinburgh International Harp Festival was one of the first to go online in April.  Skilfully put together in haste by Rachel Hair, it was very successful, bringing together harp players and enthusiasts from all over the world at a stressful and uncertain time.  This year, we will be online again, putting into practice … Continued


Sensing Stories – Finding Scotland’s Stories and Voices

This month we are delighted to host 3 live events under the banner of Sensing Stories, which is the culmination of a series of workshops and discussions to inspire new stories waiting to be told. We are passionate about ensuring all voices and stories are heard and encouraged in Scotland. Our stories are the threads … Continued


Spotify adds Scots as a Language

Award-winning folksinger Iona Fyfe led the campaign which saw Spotify adding Scots to its list of languages. Scots is one of Scotlands three national languages with over 1.5 million speakers (2011 census) and is recognised as a language by the European Charter for Minority Languages. Iona noticed that despite Spotify listing every other UK Minority … Continued

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