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Festival Weekends Are Family Affairs

The nights are getting longer, the weather is cooling down and so the Scottish International Storytelling Festival begins, as we gather round the fire and share a story or a song. Harvest season can often surprise us with beautiful sunshine and vibrant colours, what better time to spend your weekends with the family, exploring enchanted … Continued

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The Story Of Elsie Inglis

Ayrshire Craigie Folk Club organiser Dave Dewar, who also runs Cultural Connections Theatre Group, has a new play with music for 2018, which is set to have a mini-tour soon. The play includes eight established Scottish folk musicians, two actors, one narrator and one reader, and tells the story of one of Scotland’s most inspiring women. Edinburgh suffragist and … Continued

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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo announces £150,000 funding boost for young Scottish artists

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and Creative Scotland have today (Wednesday 10 October) announced the launch of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Youth Talent Development Fund to nurture youth engagement and participation in traditional Scottish art forms. Arts and cultural organisations will be eligible to apply for a slice of the £150,000 funding pot which has been donated by the charitable … Continued

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A Tale of Celebration – 30 Years of Growing Stories

It’s the 30th anniversary of the SISF, with 66 events in Edinburgh and 27 around Scotland, including strong collaborations with local and international organisations and a Scotland-wide Storytelling Campaign that encourages communities and individuals to engage with storytelling.  A birthday is the perfect time to reflect on the journey and achievements of the past 3 … Continued

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Tasgadh – Small Grants for Traditional Arts

Tasgadh is a fund devolved from Creative Scotland, managed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal and open to organisations and individuals. Tasgadh is designed to provide support for traditional artists and organisations to create, perform, tour and showcase work. The fund can also support professional development and learning projects. The closing dates for applications in 2018/19 are: … Continued

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30th Storytelling Festival Opens in Stirling Castle Great Hall

This year’s Scottish International Storytelling Festival opens in the Great Hall of Stirling Castle with a unique blend of music, song and story on Thursday 18 October. ‘OSSIAN: The Pipes and the Story’ brings together a feast of musical talent with some of Scotland’s leading storytellers to share the great Celtic saga of Fionn Mac Cumhaill, … Continued

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The Clarsach Society Scholarship and Young Composer Award 2018

The Young Composer Award The Young Composer Award is an annual competition based award issued by The Clarsach Society. This year the award name has been updated in memory of John Macleod. The Award is now called The Iain Macleòid Young Composer Award. Composers aged between 16 & 25 years of age are invited to present … Continued

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New Book. A Story to Every Dance by Mats Melin

“The Scottish solo dance tradition is peppered with stories attached to specific dances… Most of these stories suggest an origin for a dance anchored in a distance past, but they may also form some level of meaning-making” Today our colleague, friend and TDFS board member, Mats Melin, releases his new book, A Story to Every Dance, published under … Continued

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The Benslie Sessions – Creative Workshops in Ayrshire, Nov & Dec 2018

Workshop Info The workshops will be hosted and catered by Catriona Hawksworth Location The workshops will be held at Catriona’s parents, Jennie and Chris’, house. Burnbank Cottage, Montgreenan, Kilwinning, KA13 7QZ Trains run frequently from Glasgow Central to Kilwinning, and I can arrange lifts from the station if you need – just let me know. … Continued

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Dara Vallely – Growing Stories and Connecting Communities Through Image, Word and Play

Not long until the Scottish International Storytelling Festival opens its doors for the 30th time, delivering a programme that wholeheartedly celebrates the love for stories both locally and internationally. This year’s SISF theme is ‘Growing Stories’, seeking to explore the future of storytelling in Scotland, nurturing local roots, reaching out globally, and honouring Celtic traditions … Continued

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