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Traditional Arts

Burns Night – Celebrating the Nation’s Favourite Scot

It’s that time of the year, when Scots and Scots-at-heart gather to celebrate one of the country’s lyrical sensations and national treasure, Robert Burns. Born on a stormy night in Alloway on the 25th of January 1759, the 18th Century poet continues to touch people with his timeless prose, illustrating topics such as injustice, hypocrisy … Continued

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Edinburgh TradFest 2019

The past, present and future of traditional music Visit Edinburgh Tradfest site Edinburgh Tradfest has a rich story. With its longer tap roots in the Edinburgh Folk Festival, it was launched by Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS) in 2013 to provide a distinctive platform for folk arts in the capital city. Edinburgh is a … Continued

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Join Our Flock for Burdies Folk Play

Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS) are on a mission to rejuvenate midwinter traditions in Scotland with seasonal folk dramas, to enrich community life and ensure all ages can get involved over the coldest of seasons, connecting the old and new through song and dance, signifying the death and rebirth of a new year. ‘The … Continued

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Q&A: Nine Tales & Carols

Ahead of ‘Nine Tales and Carols’ on Saturday evening at the Storytelling Centre, we grabbed a few minutes with storytellers Beverley Bryant and Heather Yule to find out what to expect at their show, and where the inspiration came from. What has been your inspiration for ‘Nine Tales and Carols’? Beverley: ‘Over the years, Heather and … Continued

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St Andrews Day & Fair Saturday: Showcasing Scotland’s Diversity & Generosity

Beginning with St Andrew’s Day and running through to Burns Night, the Scottish Storytelling Centre, supported by Scotland’s Winter Festivals event fund, entertains across the colder months by showcasing how Scotland’s traditions can bring people together, home and away, in cross-generational celebration. Scotland’s patron saint, a saint shared by different European countries, was known for … Continued

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SISF 2018 – The Story So Far

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is on until the 31st of October and we’ve gathered some highlights and memorable moments from our recent events for you.   Opening at Stirling Castle Could there have been a more fitting and atmospheric setting for the opening of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, an annual celebration dedicated to … Continued

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A Tale of Celebration – 30 Years of Growing Stories

It’s the 30th anniversary of the SISF, with 66 events in Edinburgh and 27 around Scotland, including strong collaborations with local and international organisations and a Scotland-wide Storytelling Campaign that encourages communities and individuals to engage with storytelling.  A birthday is the perfect time to reflect on the journey and achievements of the past 3 … Continued

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Into the Unknown with Dougie Mackay: Fringe Q&A

How would you describe your show in one sentence? A wild storytelling adventure through Scotland’s mythic landscape Is this a new show or have you performed it elsewhere? This show was created for The Edge Festival 2017, but it has evolved a fair bit since then, gaining new stories and greater depth. Is this your first visit to … Continued

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Where I Stand: A New Conversation – Discussion, Q&A and Networking Event @ Scottish Storytelling Centre, 3rd May 2018

Collaborate and Listen: free discussion, Q&A and networking event at The Scottish Storytelling Centre What: A chance to hear about the collaborative storytelling residency and performance Where I Stand: A New Conversation before it’s Edinburgh debut within TradFest. (Followed by an open forum, Q&A and networking opportunity) Where I Stand: A New Conversation is a performance … Continued

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Warm Up with Family Friendly Folk Drama this Winter

This winter, Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS) are once again on a mission to rejuvenate midwinter traditions in Scotland with seasonal folk dramas, to enrich community life and ensure all ages can get involved over the coldest of seasons, connecting the old and new through song and dance, signifying the death and rebirth of … Continued

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