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.
Storytelling is one of our oldest artforms. It stimulates the imagination and builds a sense of community between tellers and listeners.
Scotland is known world-wide for its dance traditions, but there is so much more under the surface than kilts and ceilidhs.
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.
Explore our collection of storytelling, music, song and dance resources and delve deep into the richness of Scotland's intangible heritage.
A vibrant arts venue located 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.
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.