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Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland

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Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland is an artistic and educational charity, registered as Scottish Charity 043009.

TRACS brings together three networks of artists and cultural organisations in a collaborative alliance designed to improve the knowledge and practice of Scotland’s traditional art forms in the contemporary world. These networks are the Traditional Music Forum (SC042867), the Scottish Storytelling Forum and the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland.

TRACS is currently based at, and works in close co-operation with, the Scottish Storytelling Centre. The Centre is a partnership project between the Scottish Storytelling Forum (SC020891) and the Church of Scotland (SC011353) which owns the buildings on the Royal Mile from which the Centre currently operates.

All of the organisations involved in this work desire to see Scotland’s culture as  living and dynamic resource for all Scotland’s people, regardless of age, class, gender, race or ethnicity.

The founding patron of the Scottish Storytelling Centre is George Mackay Brown, the Orkney poet and storyteller, who is celebrated with a memorial window. Also commemorated in and around the Centre are two other key figures: the pioneer ecologist and cultural activist, Patrick Geddes; and the poet, folklorist and song maker, Hamish Henderson, who inspired Scotland’s twentieth century folk revival.