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TradFest Edinburgh · Dún Éideann
Wed 27 April – Sun 8 May 2016
Scottish International Storytelling Festival
21 - 30 October 2016
Celebrating Traditional Arts Radiating in the 21st Century
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TradFest Edinburgh • Dùn Èideann
Wed 27 April – Sun 8 May 2016

Celebrate traditional culture – live! View Programme

The Badwills at TradFest 2015_Credit Helen Jones
Rooted in the Past. Resonating in the Present.
A vibrant multi-arts programme showcasing traditional music, dance and storytelling at a feast of folk culture in Scotland's Capital.

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Ceilidh the night away and discover your dancing feet, tap and clap along to stellar traditional music, immerse yourself in other worlds with storytelling and revisit the good old days with folk film.

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Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Mohammed Nafea and Marion Kenny_Credit Colin Hattersley

A ten-day celebration of live storytelling, oral traditions and cultural diversity, bringing together a large number of Scottish and international storytellers and musicians.

The Festival takes place in and around Edinburgh. The main venue is the Netherbow Theatre at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile, the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. There is also a Festival on Tour strand bringing visiting international guests to other areas of Scotland to fully celebrate its rich storytelling traditions and ensure all can celebrate the magic of sharing tales. More...

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The Scottish Storytelling Centre is a lively arts venue located in the heart of Edinburgh and is home to the Scottish International Storytelling Festival and TradFest.

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Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland brings together Scotland's performance traditions – storytelling, music and dance - under a new umbrella.

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Image of at Storyteller. Credit Solen Collet

About Storytelling 

“The story is told eye to eye, mind to mind, heart to heart.” Storytelling is one of our oldest artforms and is having a contemporary revival.

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Traditional Music

'music with all kinds of beauty, expressiveness, meaning, and, above all, potential.' John McGrath

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Image of Scottish Country Dancing in the Storytelling Court.

Traditional Dance

Do you know the difference between Ceilidh, Cape Breton Step Dancing, Scottish Country Dancing and Highland Dancing?

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