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Pomegranates Festival Highlight: Trad Dance Residency Sharing

We are delighted to announce a new chapter in our ongoing partnership with Dance Base, Scotland’s national centre for dance. For the first time this year, our joint Trad Dance Residency is part of Pomegranates Festival – Scotland’s festival of international traditional dance. This professional development opportunity for dance artists based in Scotland reflects our … Continued

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A dancer? Advance your Professional Development in a Day

At the heart of our Pomegranates Festival, once again, is the intensive day of professional development workshops led by Scottish artists and creative migrants based in Scotland. This year the line-up includes 12 trad dance workshops taught by 14 dance artists including Evie Waddell, Nadia Khattab, Niki & Yangyang, Lara Russo & Inesa Vėlavičiūtė, Gica … Continued

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The Primary Ingredient of Trad Dance the World Over

The Primary Ingredient of Trad Dance the World Over is the abridged version of an article by Dr Wendy Timmons, Convenor of Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland and Senior Lecturer at University of Edinburgh, originally published in Volkstanz Magazine – the major publication of the Folk Dance Society of Germany (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Volkstanz). Collectively, … Continued

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Trad Dance at Edinburgh Festivals

Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland supports the homegrown and international trad dance talent that helps make Edinburgh a vibrant cultural city for twelve months of the year, not just for August. Yet we are very proud to be highlighting the contribution of traditional dance artists in the programmes of Edinburgh’s summer festivals for a second … Continued

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To Ukraine with Love

How could we support communities of New Scots to shape and share their stories? As one of the three founding members of TRACS, Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland initiated To Ukraine with Love – a project aimed at supporting the community of displaced people from Ukraine in Edinburgh to shape and share the story of … Continued

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The Last Leaf on Earth

What would happen if there was only one leaf left on our planet? What would be the fate of the last remaining leaf? How fragile is our life compared to the power of nature? These are just some of the questions at the heart of Yuxi Jiang’s new choreography entitled The Last Leaf on Earth. … Continued

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Seeds and Sequins, Facts and Figures

  Having sown the seeds and sequins of Pomegranates 2023 festival this spring – our second annual festival of international traditional dance, we are excited to share some of the facts and figures with you. We welcomed 74 artists to our stages, screens and dance floors – all from 30 diverse backgrounds, including Ukraine and … Continued

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Re-Act Refugee Storytelling Project – by Heather Yule

In 2022, as part of the SISF Community and Family Programme, The Stone Soup Collective project took place. It was a series of community events facilitated by a storyteller in partnership with a community hub in their local area. A ceilidh of stories, song, and dance with shared food, right in the heart of the … Continued

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The Burgh Blatherers by Bob Mitchell

The Burgh Blatherers is an Edinburgh based group with a relatively short but vibrant history. We started as a small group of likeminded friends coming together informally to practice and share stories in a safe and supportive environment. These mutually supportive gatherings were given a sense of focus and direction when dynamic storyteller, Calum Lykan … Continued

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Ian McMillan – Pomegranates 2023 Festival Poet-in-Residence

Introduction by Iliyana Nedkova and Wendy Timmons, Pomegranates 2023 Co-curators * We are delighted to shine the spotlight on Ian McMillan – our Pomegranates Festival 2023 poet-in-residence – an author of Scottish heritage and Barnsley-based broadcaster, presenting the widely popular poetry show The Verb every week on BBC Radio 3, whose latest book My Sand … Continued

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