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TradFest EdinburghŸ Dùn Èideann is promoted by TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland) with partners, co-curators and community groups. These include The Soundhouse Organisation, Edinburgh Folk ClubSchool of Scottish Studies, Queens Hall, Summerhall, Dance Base, Craft Scotland, the Scots Music Group and of course, a range of solo and group artists.

TRACS brings together the work of the Traditional Music Forum, the Scottish Storytelling Forum, and the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland in collaboration with Scotland’s language organisations.

TradFest is supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.

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In its debut edition after a triumphant pilot in 2013, TradFest returned between 29 Apr-11 May 2014 as Edinburgh’s only multi-arts festival dedicated to traditional culture and folk arts.

Rooted in the past yet intrinsically connected to the present, Scottish and international artists combined with local performers for an exciting fortnight of performance, boasting over eighty events and shows, spread across twenty six venues in Edinburgh.

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

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

‘Their weaving together of Scots and Gaelic on their Miller To My Trade medley gained fabulous momentum and a quality of vocal sound that made it exciting just to be in the same room.’ (Rob Adams on Crossing Points)

‘this inspired collaboration was a succession of work songs which slipped seamlessly between bawdy Lowland tales of randy millers and gossipy Gaelic waulking songs.’ (Jim Gilchrist, Scotsman on Crossing Points)

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Tradfest 2017

Wed 26 Apr – Sun 7 May

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