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Scottish International Storytelling Festival


Fri 20 – Tue 31 October 2017

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“If you thought that August was the only month that Edinburgh has top quality international festivals, then you would be wrong.” (TVBomb)

Started in 1989 and now in its 28th year, the Scottish International Storytelling Festival is a celebration of live storytelling and imagination.

Performance, workshops, talks and children’s events radiate out from Scotland’s capital as the best of Scotland’s storytelling talent merge with invited guests from Spain, Central and South America, offering a plethora of dreamscapes and myths celebrating oral traditions and cultural diversity.

“enjoy the festival’s eclectic programme, the myriad stories at its heart and the colourful, charismatic storytellers who use their words to spin bridges between this world and theirs.” Joanna Morris - Northern Echo

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This year’s theme – Festival of Dreams – will explore our ability to dream something different into existence, acknowledging the power of storytelling to lift you out of time and place.

Great stories well told have the ability to evoke indelible images in the mind of the listener, offering visitors and locals a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the extraordinary tales, music and characters that bring both our contemporary and traditional culture to life.

'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)

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

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Comments from 2015:

‘The workshops were well organised and very informative. Loved the storytelling performances – a window into different traditions and contemporary issues.’

‘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!’

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