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Scottish International Storytelling Festival


'Storytelling Festival will delight young and old' (Press & Journal)

'A hugely underrated skill, storytelling is undoubtedly history brought to life and so much more' (Must Visit Scotland)

‘If you thought that August was the only month that Edinburgh has top quality international festivals then you would be wrong’ (TVBomb)

‘A tremendous celebration of Scottish storytelling and of the world wide connections which storytelling can bring’ (Liz Weir – Storyteller)

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival – Scotland’s largest celebration of spoken word – had another fantastic edition in 2015, with early figures once again showing growth in participation as an estimated 26,000 people attended the world’s finest feast of storytelling.

Edinburgh was abuzz with a mosaic of stories as 48 events took place in the capital, weaved across 10 days of stellar storytelling, while 26 Festival on Tour events delighted communities across Scotland and gave visiting performers the chance to see more of the country.

Donald Smith, Director of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, states:
‘This has been a fantastic year for the Storytelling Festival, which gave both visitors and locals a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the extraordinary stories, music and characters that bring both our contemporary and traditional culture to life.’

Audience Feedback 2015

‘A warm, friendly, invigorating experience, just perfect for autumn evenings.’

‘Totally different performances and so much talent, all moved me to laugh and cry.’

‘Amazing storytelling at its best - engaging, moving, emotional and funny. More please!’

Scottish International Storytelling Festival: The Right to Dream
Friday 21st – Sunday 30th October 2016

Through storytelling the liberating power of imagination is open to everyone. This year’s festival connects with our ability to dream something different into existence. It flows out from Spain and Portugal to Central and Southern America, and then back home to Scotland.

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Storytelling Festival 2014

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