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23rd Dunedin International Folk Dance Festival


23rd Dunedin International Folk Dance Festival

From 19-25 July 2015, Scotland’s longest running international folk dance festival takes place in Edinburgh, Falkland, Stirling, and Perth. Now in its 23rd edition, the biennial Dunedin International Folk Dance Festival includes performers from France, Germany, Italy and Scotland – an exciting opportunity to compare and contrast music, dance and costumes such as lederhosen with kilts and peasant costumes, lace veils, and knee high boots, from the four countries! “Each country this festival has its own distinctive style of dancing and music – energetic and exciting from Italy; acrobatics and spectacle from Germany; seasonal and courting dances from France and country, highland and step dances from Scotland. This is great for the opportunity for all the participants to learn each other’s dances and join in social activities as well as performing. We also very much appreciate how people in Edinburgh welcome the participants by hosting them in their homes so there is a lot of cultural exchange and fun throughout the week,” said Jen Wood, Chairman, Dunedin Dancers. Many of the performances between are free and suitable for all ages, except for the Church Hill Theatre show or entrance fees for Falkland Palace and Stirling Castle are payable. The 2 organising dance groups – Dunedin Dancers and New Scotland cover the full range of Scottish dance styles – country dance, ceilidh, highland and hard shoe step with accompanying variety of Scottish music and instruments such as the fiddle, accordion and bagpipes. The festival is organised by Dunedin Dancers in association with Edinburgh University New Scotland Country Dance Society. Dunedin was formed in 1970 and our first biennial festival was in 1971. The event is funded by fundraising activities conducted by the 2 groups, ticket sales and donations from performances and run by volunteers. Schedule of 23rd Dunedin International Folk Dance Festival Performances: Sunday 21 July Falkland Palace

*Parade from village at 1.30/2pm (free)

*Performance in Palace gardens 2.30 – 4.30pm

National Trust for Scotland admission £12.50; Concession £9.00; Family – £29.50; 1 parent £23.00


Monday 22 July Edinburgh (free)

*Parade from West Parliament Square (down Royal Mile) 12.30pm

*Performances at the Scottish Parliament 1-3pm


Tuesday 23 July Perth (free)

Perth Market

*Parade (St John Street, High Street and King Edward Street) 11.45am

*Performances (King Edward Street) 12-2pm


Thursday 25 July Edinburgh (free)

*Parade West Princes Street Gardens 11.15am

*Performance at the Mound 12-2pm

Performance in National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street 2-3.30pm


Friday 26 July GALA PERFORMANCE, Church Hill Theatre, Morningside, Edinburgh

7.30 – 10pm. Tickets: £11, £10, £8 from Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, 0131 228 1155 or or at the door


Saturday 27 July Stirling Castle

*Parade within Stirling Castle 12pm

Performance in Queen Anne Garden 12.15 – 2pm (inside venue if wet)

Historic Scotland admission £14.50; Concession £11.60; Child £8.70; under 5s free


* weather permitting


The three invited groups are taking part in the Festival for the first time:

A Pacchianeddra Sansustisa Gruppofolk from the San Sosti (“San Salvatore”) area in Calabria, Italy demonstrates song and dance in choreographed performances, performed in local costumes. Website:

The New Scotland Dancers met this group at a festival in Italy last year (2014).

Thüringer Folklore Tanzensemble Rudolstad from Germany. Their lively, attractive and artistic dances and performances are based upon their research of the old traditions particularly of their local Thüringen area, but they also perform more modern dances, earning them many praise at international dance festivals. Website: Dunedin Dancers first met this group a few years ago at a folk dance festival in Portugal.

le Point d’Alençon – France (whose name means Alençon Lace, named after the famous needle lace made in their town) consists of 80 dancers and musicians – adults and children – dressed in traditional costumes as worn around 1830/1850. The group also organises a yearly folk dance festival in Alençon, the Festival des Folklores du Monde. Website:

Dunedin Dancers first met this group a few years ago at a festival in Hermannsburg (Germany), and – jointly with Newcastle RSCDS – performed at the Folklores du Monde festival last Summer (2014).