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Rooted in the Past. Resonating in the Present.

Tradition goes live in Edinburgh,with an annual showcase of Traditional Arts and Culture  in Scotland’s capital.

'a finger on the national pulse.' (fRoots)

'an extraordinarily full and varied 12 days and nights.' (Living Tradition)

TradFest celebrates Scotland’s May festivals – Beltane and Mayday – which traditionally mark the beginning of summer, bringing energy and colour to the capital city as the greening of the year breaks out. Venues include Calton Hill, the Royal Mile, The Pleasance, the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Filmhouse, Queens Hall, Summerhall, George Square Theatre and Dance Base. The TradFest Trail highlights craft shops, galleries, pub sessions, instrument makers, bookshops, restaurants and cafes that help visitors experience Scotland’s culture and the folk arts.

TradFest showcases a packed programme of folk arts – music, song, storytelling, dance, drama, crafts, film, seasonal customs, and environmental arts – and features a galaxy of local and international talent, with 2015 performers including Nuala Kennedy, Southern Tenant Folk Union, Rozi Plain, The Shee, Dean Owens and the Whisky Hearts, Dick Gaughan, Salt House, Colum Sands, Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore, Bella Hardy, Mary Black, Breabach, Cruinn, Dallahan, Huradal, Kim Edgar, Mairi Campbell, Emily Smith, Robyn Stapleton, Transgressive North, Swedish Trio Väsen, The Hydro Choir from Oslo, The Badwills, DJ Dolphin Boy, Sangstream, The Fisher Lassies, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, John Muir – University of the Wilderness, National Collective, Sheila Stewart Tribute and much more.

Malinky and Robyn


Breabach and Bella

Adam Holmes Cruinn and Ceilidh

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Tradfest 2015

Wed 29 Apr – Sun 10 May