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Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland

Traditional Arts and
Culture Scotland
Bringing together Scotland's
performing traditions
Under a new
umbrella

Traditional Music

Scotland's musical heritage takes in strong and distinct traditions of bagpipes, fiddle, accordion and clàrsach (harp) amongst others, alongside a rich song culture in Scots and Gaelic languages.

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Storytelling

Storytelling is one of our oldest artforms. It stimulates the imagination and builds a sense of community between tellers and listeners.

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Traditional Dance

Scotland is known world-wide for its dance traditions, but there is so much more under the surface than kilts and ceilidhs.

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TRACS

What is TRACS?

Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS) was established in 2012 to bring together Scotland's performance traditions - storytelling, music and dance - under a new umbrella. TRACS aims to encourage collaboration between these three art forms, share resources for effective promotion of Traditional Arts activities and to develop partnerships with other organisations that can benefit from our resources.

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Resources

Resources

Explore our collection of storytelling, music, song and dance resources and delve deep into the richness of Scotland's intangible heritage.

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Scottish Storytelling Centre

A vibrant arts venue located on in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Enjoy live storytelling, theatre, music, exhibitions, family events and workshops. Come discover Scotland’s rich story heritage with us.

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Scotland's Languages

Gaelic, Scots and English are Scotland’s three surviving historic languages. While many other languages are spoken in Scotland today, Scots and Gaelic are special in that, if their use were to cease here, where they are rooted, they would effectively become extinct.

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Festivals

Festivals

The Scottish Storytelling Centre, in association with TRACS, runs two main festivals: TradFest in the spring and the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in the autumn.

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Traditional Arts Event

Saturday 31st October
Come in ‘guise’ to celebrate Samhain, the Celtic Festi
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