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Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Once Upon a Place SISF2014

The 25th Scottish International Storytelling Festival was a huge success with visitor numbers exceeding 25,000 making this the most successful Storytelling Festival to date in a brilliant Year of Homecoming 2014, with Scotland welcoming the world.  The ambitious ten day festival included a packed calendar of events, more guest storytellers, more international visitors and more rave reviews and feedback.

The festival’s theme was Once Upon a Place and international storytellers from across Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA joined the best Scottish storytellers for events throughout Edinburgh and also on tour across Scotland.

Donald Smith, Storytelling Festival Director, said:
“I am delighted with the quality of this year’s events, and the infectious enthusiasm radiating from happy audiences of all ages. Storytelling has finally and truly reclaimed its place as a great Scottish artform, and a place in the international sun.”

Caroline Packman, Homecoming Scotland Director, said:
“From workshops to panel discussions, performances to special talks, this year’s Scottish International Storytelling Festival has offered something for everyone.  Homecoming Scotland was delighted to support the Festival this year by enabling the promotion to wider international audiences.  2014 has been the year that Scotland has welcomed the world and events such as the Storytelling Festival give 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.”

Next year’s festival dates: Friday 23 October to Sunday 1 November 2015.

The programme will be announced from September 2015.

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