Traditional Arts

A Celebration of Generosity, Kindness and Compassion at St Andrew’s Fair Saturday

Every year, St Andrew’s Day garners feasts and celebrations across the nation. It’s a time of compassion, reflection and good fun. This year at the Centre, we’re celebrating our national holiday with two Ceilidhs – a family Ceilidh for all the family and a Ceilidh House to close the day – as well as a multi-sensory … Continued

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SISF 2019: Q&A with Louise Profeit-LeBlanc

Tell us an interesting feature of traditional storytelling in your country. Indigenous storytelling is very diverse and is only in the last 20 years beginning to make a comeback with many of the younger generation discovering their own through knowing the ancient stories. How did you become a storyteller? My grandmother was a great teller, … Continued

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SISF 2019: Q&A with Mimesis Heidi Dahlsveen

Tell us an interesting feature of traditional storytelling in your country. Troll is an important part of the traditional stories told, and there are some stories all children grows up with. In Norway, we are so lucky to have the Cultural Rucksack Programme. The Cultural Rucksack programme is part of the government’s cultural policy. It … Continued

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SISF 2019: Q&A with Margaret Grenier

Tell us an interesting feature of traditional storytelling in your country. Storytelling of our oral histories has been carried through song and dance for the Indigenous people of the Northwest Coast of Canada for thousands of years. Our word for oral history translates to coming from the ice, meaning that our stories go back to … Continued

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Fringe 2019: Q&A with Alice Fernbank and Graham Dickson on The Golden Fly

Name of your show: The Golden Fly How would you describe your show in one sentence?  An epic tale of a shapeshifting Goddess who journeys across worlds in search of a golden awakening. Is this the first time that you are performing at the Fringe? No. What do you think sets your show apart from … Continued

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Fringe 2019: Q&A with Dougie Mackay on Supernatural: Wonder Tales from Scotland

Name of your show: Supernatural: Wonder Tales from Scotland How would you describe your show in one sentence? A storytelling voyage beyond the veil and into the heart of Scotland’s mysterious nature. Is this the first time that you are performing at the Fringe?  Second. What do you think sets your show apart from all … Continued

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Fringe 2019: Q&A with Janis MacKay on Wee Seals and Selkies

Name of your show: Wee Seals & Selkies How would you describe your show in one sentence? Let award-winning children’s author and storyteller Janis Mackay take the whole family on a heart-warming journey to the sea, to meet a brave wee seal, and a magical selkie, accompanied by fiddle music. Is this the first time … Continued

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Go Beyond Words at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival this October

There is no greater pleasure than the power of traditional storytelling taking listeners on a journey of the imagination. The 31st Scottish International Storytelling Festival features 60 events in Edinburgh and 22 throughout Scotland, with 20 international guests joining 60 Scottish artists to share old traditions and new connections, showcasing how music, dance and story communicate shared experiences that are ‘Beyond Words’. There … Continued

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Hamish Henderson Celebrated: Summer School, Ceilidh & Theatre Showcase Scotland’s Folk Legend

“Maker, ye maun sing them… Tomorrow, songs Will flow free again, and new voices Be borne on the carrying stream.” (Hamish Henderson) Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS) presents the Hamish Henderson Summer School which reflects the visionary spirit and diversity of the founding father of Scotland’s 20th Century folk renaissance, offering inspiration and enjoyment … Continued

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May Day Is Here! Dress Up, Dance & Celebrate the Arrival of Summer

May Day, known as Beltane in Gaelic, marks the beginning of summer in the Scottish Calendar. Yet some still argue that the Scots are a pessimistic nation… Whatever the weather, traditionally life moved outdoors on 1 May after the long dark days of winter and TRACS is marking the celebration this year in traditional and … Continued

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