Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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Country and Region United KingdomScotland
Type of Festival Drama, Music
Location of Festival Edinburgh, and regionally throughout Scotland, UK
Festival Contact Information

Scottish Storytelling Centre
43-45 High Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1SR
Scotland, UK
Phone: +44 (0)131 556 9579
Fax: +44 (0)131 557 5224

Festival Description

Journey with nomads, explorers, pilgrims and voyagers. Be transported by Travellers’ Tales that span worlds of geography, fiction and landscapes of the heart. The 2013 edition of the world’s leading storytelling festival traverses time and space celebrating the myths and legends carried through wanderlust. Why not bring your tales and journey to Edinburgh, city of story, and immerse yourself in ancient traditions and modern

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Festival Dates October 18 - 27, 2013
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Programming 2013:
  • Come on a journey with us to discover stories from India, Africa, Canada, Norway and Scotland. This year the Scottish International Storytelling Festival takes the theme of a journey, of travelling and exploration, of landscapes. We have international guests from Canada, Botswana, India and Norway, and the best storytellers from Scotland all coming together to present an exciting collection of travellers tales. Join us as we travel with explorers, pilgrims, voyagers, nomads, vagabonds and minstrels. Come hear the storytelling traditions of the Saami people, the last nomadic people in Europe. Celebrate famous Scottish explorers, Sir David Livingston and John Muir. Be transported to different worlds, cultures and traditions throughout history in this exciting 2013 festival. The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is also proud to be part of the international project, Seeing Stories: Recovering Landscape Narrative in Urban and Rural Europe, funded by the Culture Programme 2007-2013. Join us on Calton Hill to uncover the stories hidden beneath your feet, then journey with us to the Scottish Borders for more stories and insights into the project.
  • Programming highlights
    • Inner Journeys: A series of workshops exploring personal, spiritual journeys.
    • Meet the Storyteller: Always extremely popular! Get to know more about our storytellers, their lives and their art.
    • Journeys & Voyages: Short events taking on specific journey themes presenting a blend of storytelling, music and talks.
    • Open Hearth: Each night a Scottish storyteller hosts a traditional, informal Ceilidh style event with guest storytellers.
    • The opening weekend will have large scale storytelling events at the National Museum of Scotland and at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh which are perfect for families and children.
    • The closing weekend will have a fashion show, a large outdoor storytelling event on Calton Hill and a final Hallowe’en night at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.


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