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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.

SISF2014CloudsThe 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.

As the storytellers and their audiences of old knew, one of the best ways to get to know a place is to learn its histories and myths. The Storytelling Festival provides a wonderful opportunity to see Edinburgh through its stories, with events that illuminate and enchant an experience of the city.

The Festival also radiates 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.

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