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Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2014
Once Upon a Place
Friday 24 October – Sunday 2 November



Once Upon a Place looks at the past, handed on to us in story and celebrates our common humanity with tales and songs that connect across the continents in a 10-day feast of storytelling ceilidhs, talks, landscape tours and specially commissioned performances exploring:

  • Celebrations of Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Stories, visual imagination and landscapes
  • Dream, fantasy & prophecy stories
  • Imagining a Nation
  • 1st World War

SISF2014The Festival will celebrate the creative connections between live narrative and place in Scotland, Europe and the Pacific regionexploring the traditional and innovative ways in which people express their sense of identity by ‘seeing stories’ in their landscapes –  rural and urban. Guest storytellers from Europe, North America and the Pacific regions, perform alongside the cream of Scotland’s renowned storytelling talent, with a finale weekend marking the ancient Celtic New Year of Samhainn/Hallowe’en.

The programme will once again bring Edinburgh to life as a city of story and radiate storytelling out from the capital  across the country with the Festival on Tour strand, with events in Orkney, Fife, Aberdeenshire, Glasgow, Dundee and Clackmannanshire to name a few.

Evening events ensure adults enjoy warming nights alongside a rich programme of family friendly events in a variety of locations around the city, including a family weekend with a special focus on the next creative wave of young storytellers.

There will be specific anniversary events for Walter Scott and Literary Edinburgh, commemorations of WWI, and a retelling of Scotland’s sense of its own historical narrative with Andy Cannon’s Tales of a Grandson, in partnership with the MacRobert Arts Centre and the National Museum of Scotland.

Tales of a Grandson tickets are already on sale through Festival Theatre and if you book before Sunday 21 September you can save £5.

Further news on tickets and the full programme for the world’s number one celebration of storytelling traditions coming soon!

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