Events

10 New Encounters – Storytelling at TradFest 2018

Storytelling knows no boundaries, it takes us on a journey beyond existing facts or knowledge, it revives what is forgotten or past, it engages what surrounds us and teaches us something new. It’s the perfect gateway into Intangible Heritage. We have gathered a list of 10 storytelling events from this year’s TradFest programme that will … Continued

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One Week Countdown – TradFest Recommends!

With less than one week to go until the Opening Concert of this year’s TradFest, it is high time we asked the people involved in the festival what they are gearing up to see! Donald Smith, TRACS Director Sat 28 April, The White Bird Passes: A rare opportunity to see this stark yet stunningly beautiful evocation … Continued

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‘The Demon Drink’! New Spoken Word Show Shines Spotlight on Alcohol in Scottish Society

Thu 19 April | 7.30pm (1hr) | Scottish Storytelling Centre | Ages 16+ Glaswegian Performer, writer and theatre maker Martin O’Connor presents his new spoken word and sound performance, The Mark of the Beast. Both entertaining and politically astute, the show explores society’s relationship with alcohol and outlines its impact on Scottish male identity, family attitudes … Continued

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Guid Crack Returns to Waverley Bar

Edinburgh’s Guid Crack Storytelling sessions began at the Waverley in the late eighties. That was when the Scottish International Storytelling Festival was also starting up, and there was a need for a spot where local talent could develop and shine. The Waverley, in Edinburgh’s St Mary Street, was already a famous folk venue. Billy Connolly … Continued

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Theatre for Kids this Spring Holiday: Journey to Space & Infinite Imagination!

Expert companies creating and delivering fantastic entertainment for children are prevalent in Scotland, and the Centre is excited to host two shows that will stimulate and inspire little ones and their accompanying adults from experts in the field of entertainment for the next generation. Space Ape Sat 7 April, 2pm & 7pm (1hr) | 7+ Space … Continued

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Wee Folk Tales Illustrated

Kristín Linnet from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures spoke to artist Annalisa Salis about her forthcoming exhibition Storie di terra at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Wee Folk Tales is a ground-breaking collection of stories by Donald Smith, TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland) director and founding director of the Scottish … Continued

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TradFest 2018: Passing It On! Experience & Celebrate Tradition with a Contemporary Spin – Grounded in Scotland’s Heritage

In its fifth edition, TradFest Edinburgh • Dùn Èideann returns as Edinburgh’s only multi-arts festival dedicated to traditional folk arts, showcasing culture, live. From award-winning folksters to the freshest faces on the Scottish traditional scene, TradFest showcases international acts alongside local talent, filling Scotland’s capital with music, song, dance, film and stories. Taking place between … Continued

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Q&A: Dean Owens, Redwood Mountain: Transatlantic Crossings

Tell us about your collaboration, Redwood Mountain, and your plans for 2017? Redwood Mountain came together by accident really. A friend of mine sent me an old book called The Book of American Folk Songs by Alan Lomax. He’d been telling me about this book for years. Shortly after gifting me a first edition copy, … Continued

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A Warm Welcome Awaits at Scotland’s Storytelling Festival

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is the world’s largest celebration of live, traditional storytelling, taking place as the seasons change in Scotland’s stunning capital city and reaching out across the nation as Scottish tellers merge with guests from the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, in a fantastic, ten-day celebration of oral traditions and cultural … Continued

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See your Stories of Connection displayed at the Scottish Storytelling Centre

There’s an emotional side to the Edinburgh Fringe – not just welling up at the end of a musical or wincing as some poor stand-up is heckled to bits, but moments of real human connection, too. It could be watching your child’s eyes light up at their first show, joining in an impromptu ceilidh dance … Continued

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