Edinburgh Ceilidh Culture

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Country and Region United KingdomScotland
Type of Festival Dance
Location of Festival Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland UK
Festival Description

Ceilidh Culture showcased the best of home-grown talent alongside acts from across the world, with local performers as well as international stars from all sectors of the traditional arts. Twenty-three organisations in 24 venues across the city, with 120 individual performances, concerts, workshops and classes in traditional song, music, dance and storytelling.

The Ceilidh Culture no longer takes place — but has instead transformed into TradFest Edinburgh. For more information about this festival please visit the profile page at http://kadmusarts.com/festivals/8718.html

Festival Dates March 16 - April 25, 2012

Festival Story:

Edinburgh has quite often turned to its’ “Scottishness” over the years as a way to bring in the tourist dollars. Sir Walter Scott set a precedent when, in 1822, he created a spectacle of tartan, Highlanders and whirling kilts for the very German George IV’s visit to Scotland. It was the first visit of a reigning Scottish monarch to the country in over 150 years. The King even donned a kilt for the trip – though he wore pink tights underneath his “traditional” dress in order to cover up his bloated, ulcerated legs.

Fast-forward 180 years to 2002. In February of that year, the Council of the City of Edinburgh created the position of “Traditional Arts Development Officer” to support “Scottish” arts in Edinburgh. “Auld Reekie” is one of the few local authorities in Scotland to have a post dedicated to traditional arts.

Originally conceived as a profile-raising marketing campaign for the city’s traditional arts community, Edinburgh’s Ceilidh Culture Festival has overcome its commercial roots to become a genuine grass-roots celebration of people coming together to share their musical, dancing, and storytelling abilities — a real Ceilidh. The annual Ceilidh Culture events take place in many venues across the city — from small, dark pubs to large, resplendent concert halls. It aims to provide a wide, community-based focus with an emphasis on including all the “traditional” arts activity taking place in the city, not just traditional music.

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