COVID-19 Announcement

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Events

SISF Art Challenge: Waterlines

Love drawing? Join the first SISF online art challenge and engage with the festival community in new ways, with the chance to win a book of Scottish folktales! Everyone is encouraged to join the fun. All levels are welcome, and our challenge is open to all art illustration styles and techniques. How to get on … Continued

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SISF Reveals 2020 Programme with Tickets Now Live to Book

Set sail this autumn, as the Scottish International Storytelling Festival (SISF) takes audiences on a voyage, exploring Scotland’s coasts and water through music and storytelling. The 2020 SISF programme is revealed today, promising an eclectic mix of online events spanning across the globe and small-scale face-to-face events, celebrating Scotland ‘a nation shaped by the sea’. … Continued

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A Time for Reflection and Looking Ahead: Midsummer Celebrations at Home

We just celebrated the summer solstice–the longest day of the year–on Sunday, and we’re enjoying the longer daylight hours that summer brings. On Wednesday 24 June, we will celebrate midsummer in Scotland. Midsummer has its roots as a Celtic fire festival, blessing the crops for a fruitful summer harvest with bonfires and using torches to … Continued

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In the Flow – SISF 2020 will explore Scotland’s coasts and waters through music and storytelling

We’re excited to announce that the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, which runs from 17 – 31 October 2020, will keep you ‘In the Flow’ with an eclectic mix of online events and small-scale face-to-face performances, celebrating Scotland ‘a nation shaped by water’, taking you on voyages at home and away. Stories and songs are vital … Continued

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World Dance Day – Connecting Two Worlds by Leonie Sweeney

For many years two important parts of my life ran along in parallel. My life in traditional dance arose from my own enjoyment of Irish and Scottish social dance and the old-style stepping traditions of both countries. Sharing the Irish Sets and Scottish Cèilidh dances I learned over the years seemed a natural thing to … Continued

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Updated Statement on COVID-19 from the Scottish Storytelling Centre & TRACS

Dear Friends, It is with heavy heart that as of today (Wed 18 Mar) we have decided to close the Scottish Storytelling Centre and John Knox House to the public and suspend our events programme until further notice. The safety and wellbeing of our staff, visitors and performers is at the forefront of our thoughts. … Continued

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The Scottish Storytelling Centre’s Statement on COVID-19/Coronavirus

At the Scottish Storytelling Centre we are monitoring the COVID-19/Coronavirus situation very closely. The safety and well-being of our visitors, participants and staff remain our number one priority and we are closely monitoring the latest advice from the Scottish Government, UK Government and Public Health Scotland. We will continue to update our plans based on … Continued

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Lively Tradition and New Perspectives – Celebrating Burns Night 

The Scottish Storytelling Centre, supported by Scotland’s Winter Festivals event fund, honours the legacy of Robert Burns through a series of cross-generational celebrations, bringing people together home and away. Whether it’s ringing in the New Year with “Auld Lang Syne”, book titles, pop music, or featuring on banknotes – the ploughman’s poet as he’s often … Continued

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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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Fringe 2019: Q&A with Strange Town on Dr Korczak’s Example

Name of your show: Dr Korczak’s Example How would you describe your show in one sentence?   Based on real events, this ‘Brechtian’ retelling generates an almost unbearable power and pathos through the simple humanity, warts and all, of the central characters who are trapped both by the inexorable forces of Nazi oppression and by … Continued

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