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There is always something happening at the Centre. We have storytelling, theatre, music, art exhibitions, kids events, free events, craft fairs, workshops and festival events to showcase the best of Scottish culture. Use the events search below to find the right event for you. Please note, if you are a Network Member your discount for workshops will be applied at the Checkout stage. If you have any questions please call Reception on 0131 556 9579. 

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Celtic Summer School: Inventing Scotland

Sat 1 Aug
Price: £7.00

How did Scotland come to be? Who and what made it a geography, a nation, and a society? And who are the Scots?Session led by Donald Smith.Each event can be booked individually...

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Celtic Summer School: Patrick Geddes

Sat 1 Aug
Price: £6.00

Geddes harnessed the idea of evolution to consciousness, culture and community. He is a twenty-first century inspirer, and the person who sparked Scotland's modern renaissance....

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Celtic Summer School: Gaelic and Scots Song

Sat 1 Aug
Price: £9.00

Dip into the treasure stores of Scottish song with expert guide, Patsy Seddon and enjoy listening and singing along as you choose.Each event can be booked individually online....

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Wild Song by Janis Mackay

Sat 1 August
Price: £5.00

Join award-winning author and storyteller Janis Mackay who presents her new novel, Wild Song, written while she was living on an island in Finland as a writer in residence...

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Celtic Summer School: Traditional Music of Scotland

Sun 2 Aug
Price: £7.00

Follow the streams that join to form Scotland's rich music traditions. What are the key instruments and sources? And how are those traditions continuing today?Session led by...

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Celtic Summer School: Scottish Gaelic Literature and Tradition

Sun 2nd Aug
Price: £6.00

Gaelic language embodies a civilisation that is central to the making of Scotland. Learn more about the culture and why everyone should learn more Gaelic, with Donald Smith.Each...

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Celtic Summer School: Dance Traditions of Scotland

Sun 2 Aug
Price: £9.00

Mairi Campbell shares her expertise in the rich diversity of traditional dance in Scotland, with some practical examples and gentle participation for those who choose.Each event...

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The Enchanted Forest Adventure

Mon 3 & Tue 4 Aug
Price: £6.50

Storyteller/performer Brooke Laing performs and delights in an interactive action-packed adventure through an enchanted forest, where a miserable witch has been up to mischief...

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Celtic Summer School: Celtic Storytelling in Scotland

Mon 3 Aug
Price: £7.00

Renowned storyteller David Campbell takes you into the heart of Celtic traditions and the Ceilidh spirit. Experience the sources and skills of traditional storytelling.Each...

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Celtic Summer School: Norse Influence on Scottish Culture

Mon 3 Aug
Price: £6.00

Talk about “Viking raiders” has obscured the long-lasting and fruitful interchange between Scotland and Scandinavia. Learn more about our Norse inheritance with Stuart McHardy...

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Celtic Summer School: Scotland's Democracy Trail Walk

Mon 3 Aug
Price: £9.00

Follow the gripping story of Scotland's democratic development from Calton Hill to the Scottish Parliament. Includes some steep paths. Led by Jean Bareham. Tour starts at the...

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Celtic Summer School: The Celts: History and Archaeology

Tue 4 Aug
Price: £7.00

What does 'Celtic' mean in contemporary archaeology and history. A people? A culture? A modern movement? A fiction? Get to grips with the issues and insights in this session led...

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Celtic Summer School: The Scottish Novel: Enlightened Fictions

Tue 4 Aug
Price: £6.00

Why has the novel been so important in shaping Scotland's sense of itself? Dip into the background thinkers with Fred Freeman and you will go back to Scottish fiction with fresh...

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Celtic Summer School: The Scottish Bagpipe and its European...

Tue 4 Aug
Price: £9.00

Follow the remarkable evolution of what has come to be seen as Scotland's defining traditional instrument and experience a range of pipes and piping first-hand, with James...

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Celtic Summer School: Scotland's Visual Arts

Wed 5 Aug
Price: £7.00

How have visual imagery and art shaped the way we see Scotland and its cultural identity? An exciting and stimulating visual journey with Mairi McFadyen. Each event can be...

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Land of the Dragon – Gwlad y Ddraig

Wed 5 - Mon 31 Aug
Price: £8.00

‘Beautifully crafted show, deeply satisfying for young and old alike.’ ★★★★★(Stage).Award-winning puppeteers, PuppetSoup, take you to the edge of your seat and the brink of...

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Eejits and Hissy Fits

Wed 5 - Sun 23 Aug (not 10, 17)
Price: £6.50

Storyteller Fiona Herbert (winner, Tall Tales 2012 and 2015) takes you on three adventures, encountering eejits and hissy fits along the way.In The Wee B and the Pea, a prince...

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Celtic Summer School: The Radical Tradition

Wed 5 Aug
Price: £6.00

Why is Scotland so stubbornly attached to democratic ideals? Discover the long tap roots of radical thinking and some key champions of 'the rights of the people', with Stuart...

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The Magic Porridge Pot and Other Tasty Tales

Wed 5 - Sun 30 Aug
Price: £9.00

Splodge that porridge! Slurp that soup! Snap that biscuit!On today’s menu there is a trio of traditional and tasty tales to tantalise and tease.For starters we have the magic...

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Celtic Summer School: Three Scottish Novels

Wed 5 Aug
Price: £9.00

Be introduced to, and explore, three defining Scottish novels, The Bride of Lammermuir by Sir Walter Scott, Annals of the Parish by John Galt and Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic...

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Celtic Summer School: Scotland's Poetry: A Carrying Stream

Thu 6 Aug
Price: £7.00

Donald Smith showcases how bards, poets and song makers are the keel of Scotland's cultural vessel. The voices flow on through languages, politics, religions and even millennia....

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Celtic Summer School: Scots: A Musical Introduction

Thu 6 Aug
Price: £6.00

The best way to understand Scots is to hear it or to sing it. Fred Freeman offers both in this session, clearing away the linguistic cobwebs from our vigorous and pithy 'mither...

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Celtic Summer School: Burns and the National Music

Thu 6 Aug
Price: £9.00

Learn why Robert Burns is the defining figure in Scotland's national music with Fred Freeman. Hear the songs as they ought to heard and explore the musical legacy of Scotland's...

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Brave and Free: Traditional Tales of Scotland

Thu 6 - Fri 28 Aug
Price: £7.00

Scotland, a land steeped in myth and legend. The real Scot, kilted storyteller Calum Lykan, nominee for the Best Newcomer 2013 (British Awards of Storytelling Excellence)...

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The Man Who Planted Trees

Thu 6 - Wed 19 Aug (not 17)
Price: £10.00

'Laughs, heartbreak, war, regeneration, scented breezes, sparkling wit and the best dog puppet ever. Perfect for children and grown ups. Terrific' (Guardian).Back by popular...

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Wojtek the Bear

Thu 6 - Mon 31 Aug (not 12, 19, 26)
Price: £10.00

The extraordinary story of Wojtek, the loveable Polish soldier bear, who fought at Monte Cassino and died in Edinburgh Zoo.A man mothers a bear. An emotive journey from the...

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Frequently Asked Questions

Thu 6 - Sun 30 Aug (not 8, 10, 17, 24)
Price: £8.00

Fiona Herbert (winner of Tall Tales 2012 and 2015) attempts to answer her FAQs about work, rest and play.Topics queried include teetotal vegan dinner parties, dolphin assault,...

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Loud Poets

Thu 6 - Mon 31 Aug
Price: £10.00

This is slam-style, make some noise, fist-thumping, pint-drinking, side-tickling, heart-wrenching poetry.This is poetry for the masses. This is the spoken word revolution...

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Celtic Summer School: Landscape, Myth and Archaeology

Fri 7 Aug
Price: £7.00

What do Scotland's ancient monuments mean - in their time and in ours? Hear about the revolution in how we see the past and understand our ancestors, with Stuart McHardy.Each...

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Celtic Summer School: Saints and Pilgrims

Fri 7 Aug
Price: £6.00

Scotland's spiritual legacy lives on in our landscape and stories. Enjoy a Pilgrim Guide to one of Scotland's long neglected but now reviving traditions, with Donald Smith.Each...

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Celtic Summer School: Seasonal Festivals and Folk Drama

Fri 7 Aug
Price: £9.00

Learn about the rituals, folk dramas and beliefs that have survived through the centuries, as Scots past and present live through seasonal changes and the weather that shapes...

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The Secret Life of Suitcases

Sat 8 - Sun 23 Aug (not 12, 17)
Price: £9.00

Larry works in an office and he likes it very much. He likes sorting and tidying and generally putting things in order. Everything in its place, a place for everything.But one...

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Pirates and Mermaids

Mon 10 & Mon 17 Aug then Mon 24 - Mon 31 Aug
Price: £10.00

Poorboy’s award nominated show Pirates and Mermaids is an international story told on a very human scale. Cameron is in NYC. Eilidh lives in Scotland.The technology in their...

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Cafe Voices

Thu 13 & Thu 27 Aug
Price: £7.00

The story is told eye to eye, mind to mind and heart to heart.Two Festival Fringe specials of the Scottish Storytelling Centre’s monthly session, with live storytelling in the...

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Morgana Le Fey

Thu 20 – Mon 31 Aug
Price: £10.00

From Merlin to Malory, Camelot to Excalibur, Morgana Le Fey reigns supreme as fiendish counter queen to King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.Playing by her own rules,...

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Guid Crack: A Canuck in Scotland

Fri 28 Aug
Price: £0.00

Canadian storyteller Michael Williams shares stories that link Canada and Scotland, gathered during 30 years of living in his adopted Scottish home.Come and celebrate your own...

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The Cranston Fiddle

Sat 29 & Sun 30 Aug
Price: £10.00

The Cranston Fiddle tells the story of the Cranstons of Haddington – an ordinary family who suffered great loss during the First World War.Out of seven Cranston sons who served...

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Gifting Every Child: Scotland's Creative Culture

Sat 5 Sep
Price: £28.00

Is there a core of songs, stories and customs to which every child in Scotland should be introduced?This day provides the vital starting points in the traditional arts of...

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In Film: Kaare Espolin Johnson & Johannes Sveinsson Kjarval

Sat 5 Sep
Price: £0.00

Two special film screenings about the life and work of two exceptional Nordic artists, Kaare Espolin Johnson & Johannes Sveinsson Kjarval.Johnson was a Norwegian painter and...

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Storytelling: Traditions and Skills 1

Sat 12 Sep
Price: £36.00

Traditional storytelling emphasises the sharing between teller and listener, active imagination and a living environment.Telling stories in many situations is enriched if the...

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Little Red Riding Hood and Friends

Tue 15 Sep
Price: £6.00

Little Red Riding Hood's friend arrives to tell us the story but has a problem, there are no pages in the book!Lots of participation with the audience becoming Cinderella's...

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A Calendar of Memories

Tue 15 Sep
Price: £3.00

A relaxed session of stories, songs, laughter and reminiscence in the relaxed setting of the Storytelling Court.Hosted by the Life Stories Project, who specialise in sharing...

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Edinburgh Folk Club: Robin Laing

Wed 16 Sep
Price: £10.00

Widely known as 'the Whisky Bard', Robin Laing is one of the finest Scottish folksingers and songwriters.With The Angel's Share in 1997, the coming together of Robin's twin...

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Cafe Voices: East meets West

Thu 17 Sep
Price: £5.00

Celebrate the differences and similarities between two sides of our world, through story, song and music, with Mio Shapley and Ken Shapley.The Centre’s monthly storytelling...

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Finding the Audiences: the Futures for Traditional Arts?

Fri 18 Sep
Price: £8.00

Where are the audiences for the live arts, in particular for folk music, storytelling and traditional dance?This structured session grapples with the key challenges for reaching...

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One Singer, One Song: Traditions and Skills 2

Sat 19 Sep
Price: £36.00

We can all play one instrument - our voice. It is shared by everyone and yet wholly unique to each individual.This day encourages everyone to explore singing with their own...

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Public Lecture: The Biology of Storytelling

Sat 19 Sep | SOLD OUT
Price: £0.00

Why are stories so powerful for the human species? It is not primarily due to content, but because our brains are tuned to the rhythm of stories.This fascinating public lecture,...

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Tiny Tales: Hills and Glens

Tue 22 Sep
Price: £5.00

In a wee little house way up in the glens lives Janie Mells, with her cat and her hen...Ailie Finlay shares stories about Janie Mells and her animal friends, including Marjory...

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Café Ceilidh: Changing Seasons

Tue 22 Sep
Price: £0.00

Join Linten Adie and friends from the Scots Music Group for a free afternoon of songs and music in the Storytelling Court.

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Public Lecture: Strengthening Connection: One School's Story

Tue 22 Sep
Price: £0.00

Headteacher Jennifer Knussen tells the inspiring story of one school's journey, which grew out of their understanding of the science of connection.In 2013, the staff at...

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Book Launch: Scottish Borders Folk Tales by James Spence

Fri 25 Sep
Price: £0.00

This lively and entertaining collection of folk tales from the Scottish Borders is rich in stories tall and true, ancient and recent, dark and funny, powerful and fantastical...

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Guid Crack: Tales of Whisky

Fri 25 Sep
Price: £0.00

Through decades of storytelling Stuart McHardy has developed an affy drouth (great thirst) that can only be properly slaked with whisky.A night celebrating Scotland's long love...

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Doors Open Day: John Knox House

Sat 26 Sep
Price: £0.00

Dating back to 1470, John Knox House is one of Scotland's greatest cultural treasures and is associated with the most dramatic events in Scotland's turbulent history.Located in...

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The Story Kist: Inclusive Storytelling

Sat 26 Sep
Price: £5.00

Stories and brags and fibs and riddles! Come and enjoy some rambunctious multi-sensory adventures with storytellers Ailie Finlay and Marie Louise Cochrane.Journey from the...

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Family Ceilidh

Sat 26 Sep
Price: £6.00

Come with family and friends to dance well-known Scottish dances. All the dances will be called and there will be easier circles for the littler ones.A fun introduction to...

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Creative Writing Workshop for Children

Sat 26 Sep
Price: £16.00

Calling all 8-15 year olds!If you enjoy writing stories, or would like to enjoy it more, come along to this afternoon workshop held in the Storytelling Centre with prize-winning...

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Film Screening: the connected baby

Tue 29 Sep
Price: £0.00

Are human beings really able to connect at birth? That is the question explored in this documentary film, co-produced by developmental psychologist Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk &...

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Scott Gibson: Life After Death

Fri 2 Oct
Price: £10.00

RNT in association with Dead Sheep Comedy present the Debut Solo Show from Scotland’s hottest new comedian Scott Gibson.After a total sell out and rave reviews at this years...

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Citizenship, Sectarianism and Faith

Sat 3 Oct
Price: £18.00

Open Table Perspectives crosses the borders of cultures, faiths, philosophies and traditions.What is the role of citizenship in contemporary democracy and how is that understood...

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Public Lecture: Dementia Doesn't Steal Connection

Mon 5 Oct
Price: £0.00

Dementia can progress so far that it seems impossible to 'find' the person inside. Dr. Maggie Ellis explores the scientific evidence revealing that it is always possible to...

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Storybook Session!

Sat 10 Oct
Price: £5.00

In this fun session, parents and children will be treated to stories from some of the very best books around for helping children to know what they are feeling, thinking and...

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Storytelling Festival Pass

Friday 23rd October
Price: £25.00

Storytelling Festival Supporter PassThere is no greater pleasure than the power of traditional storytelling taking listeners on a journey of the imagination.Register now as a...

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