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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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EDINBURGH STUDENT ARTS FESTIVAL

Fri 12 Feb - Thu 18 Feb

The Storytelling Centre is delighted to be one of the host venues for ESAF 2016, Scotland’s first ever student-run arts festival. The festival brings together five higher...

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EXHIBITION: BEHIND THE SCENERY: FOLK OF THE OLD TOWN

Thu 4 Feb - Sat 13 Feb
Price: £0.00

Lucy Roscoe illustrates the invisible population of the Old Town: folk live piled up on top of one another, washing, working, living, often missed by the visitors flooding...

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STARTING WITH STORIES 1

Sat 13 Feb
Price: £36.00

A hands-on, practical introduction to live storytelling and the associated skills.Storyteller and social worker Claire McNicol leads this participative session for anyone...

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EDINBAL DANCE WORKSHOPS: A DANCE TOUR OF EUROPE

Wed 3 Feb - Wed 30 Mar
Price: £5.00

From social and energetic dances from Brittany or joyful group dances from the Basque country, to warm, exuberant Southern Italian dances or smooth couplings from France, this...

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CAFÉ VOICES: HOW TO TELL THE TRUTH

Thu 18 Feb
Price: £5.00

What is the greatest truth you have learnt so far? And what is its story? Do tell, remembering, the most important truths can sometimes be revealed through a lie... The Centre's...

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EXHIBITION: EDINBURGH STUDENT ARTS FESTIVAL: POTTED HOMES

Wed 20 Jan - Sat 20 Feb
Price: £0.00

Gemma Batchelor presents her photographic series which focuses on bringing the outside inside. A common practice for centuries, from everyday ferns to exotic aloe plants, this...

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EXHIBITION: THE WORLD IS MY COUNTRY

Thu 25 Feb - Sat 12 Mar
Price: £0.00

A participatory celebration, in stories and pictures, of the people and movements that opposed the First World War. Featuring disobedient soldiers, feminist peace initiatives, a...

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BOLD DAUGHTERS

Thu 25 Feb
Price: £8.00

Women, girls and Goddesses at the threshold of transformation. Do they take that first step into the kingdom for the fairies? Do they jump from the glass mountain into the dead...

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SHEROES: WOMEN MAKING WAVES

Fri 26 Feb
Price: £12.00

Who are the women who have really made a difference? Do we celebrate them enough and how should their stories be told?Storyteller Ruth Kirkpatrick shares her approach to SHERO...

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GUID CRACK: GOTHIC FAIRY TALES

Fri 26 Feb
Price: £0.00

Amanda Edmiston weaves dark, dreamy and often humorous Gothic fairy tales at Edinburgh's monthly storytelling night. Her original stories blend plant-lore, legends and...

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BONNIE FECHTERS: SONGS & STORIES OF HOPE & RESISTANCE

Fri 26 Feb
Price: £8.00

Devised, directed and performed by Morna Burdon."In the 1970s there was a wee bit of a stooshie here in Scotland - I understand it reached other parts of the world, too - it was...

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NEW DIRECTIONS: STORYTELLING NETWORK DEVELOPMENT DAY

Sat 27 Feb
Price: £25.00

This year's annual development day explores the key opportunities and challenges facing storytelling in Scotland today. A series of open discussions and guided workshops, led by...

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AUDACIOUS WOMEN

Sat 27 Feb
Price: £7.00

This Audacious Women evening is an opportunity for all who have taken part in related events to celebrate together, whether you've done something really daring or encouraged...

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TRUE PILGRIM: FOR ANDY HUNTER

Mon 29 Feb
Price: £6.00

A storytelling tribute to Andy Hunter, led by Donald Smith. Why are journeys always at the heart of stories? And why was Andy - with Donald - so committed to completing Pilgrim...

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CAMPBELL'S CEILIDH

Tue 2 Feb + 1 Mar
Price: £8.00

Campbell's Ceilidh is a 21st century old style shindig and there's no knowing what might happen! Mairi Campbell's easy and fun approach will facilitate harmony singing for...

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STORYTELLERS ON FILM: SCREENING AND DISCUSSION

Thu 3 Mar
Price: £6.00

An opportunity to view a selection of films associated with the Scottish International Storytelling Festival. With debate asking if traditional storytelling on film is a...

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SCOTLAND'S FUTURES: RECONCILING THE NARRATIVES

Sat 5 Mar
Price: £18.00

Open Table Perspectives crosses the borders of cultures, faiths, philosophies and politics. What kind of society is Scotland now striving to become? Are we divided by different...

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CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN

Sat 5 Mar
Price: £16.00

If you enjoy writing stories, or would like to enjoy it more, come along to an afternoon workshop held in the Storytelling Centre with prize-winning author Janis Mackay (Magnus...

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TINY TALES: TEDDY BEARS' PICNIC

Tue 8 Mar
Price: £5.00

Join Lorna Shields from the award-winning 'It's in the bag' and her shy but friendly puppet pal Sam. Bring your favourite teddy and journey into the woods for a Teddy Bears'...

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A CALENDAR OF MEMORIES

Tue 9 Feb + 8 Mar
Price: £0.00

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

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WELCOME ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE

Wed 9 Mar
Price: £5.00

Australian storyteller Sarah Agnew presents a new oral performance of Paul's Letter to the Romans - an ancient epistle expressing his hope for the first churches in Rome, that...

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30:60:80

Thu 10 Mar
Price: £10.00

 in association with Platform, Glasgow.**** ‘beguiling’ (Scotsman)30:60:80 is a celebration of three lives. Spanning eighty years with the women of one family, it invites...

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SHIFT/ A BEST OF SPOKEN WORD

Fri 11 + Sat 12 Mar
Price: £10.00

A collective of Scotland's most dynamic, provocative and lyrical spoken word artists, bringing an unabashed blurring of the lines between poetry and performance, theatre and...

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SONGS OF THE UNSUNG HEROES

Sat 12 Mar
Price: £12.00

Jane Lewis and Penny Stone from Protest in Harmony lead a fun and inspirational afternoon of songs celebrating the movements and people who opposed the First World War.Learn...

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CAFÉ CEILIDH: ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION

Tue 15 Mar
Price: £0.00

Join Linten Adie and friends from the Scots Music Group for a free afternoon of Irish songs and music in the Storytelling Court.A booking fee of £1 is charged per transaction...

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SHRAPNEL

Tue 15 & Wed 16 Mar
Price: £10.00

Adapted by Catriona Lexy Chaimbeul from the novel by Tormod Caimbeul, directed by Muireann Kelly.Air a’ stèidheachadh ann an dorchadas dubh Lìte, tha sinn a’ leantainn...

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EXHIBITION: MATERIAL MATTERS: SHARING STORIES OF SEWING

Thu 17 Mar - Sat 16 Apr
Price: £0.00

An exhibition of sewn wall hangings created by people of different ages and cultures, all inspired by an emotional attachment to a textile that has a story to tell: a...

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CAFÉ VOICES: ST. PATRICK'S DAY

Thu 17 Mar
Price: £5.00

Storytellers John and Noreen Hamilton host an evening of Irish tales celebrating St. Patrick's Day. The Centre's monthly storytelling session, with an open-floor section for...

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THE FINN CYCLE: A STORYTELLING INSPIRATION

Fri 18 Mar
Price: £16.00

The stories of Finn McCool and his roving band are spread all over Scotland, as well as Ireland.They are a 'kist o magic' for Scottish storytelling - an unfailing source of...

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CHOOSING YOUR SONGS

Sat 19 Mar
Price: £16.00

How do you choose the songs you would like to sing and build a repertoire?In this reflective process, Steve Byrne of Malinky provides an ideal session to explore the context and...

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THE STORY KIST: ALL THE LITTLE BIRDS (INCLUSIVE STORYTELLING)

Sat 19 Mar
Price: £5.00

Come and enjoy a gentle multi-sensory adventure about the coming of spring with storyteller Ailie Finlay and artist Fiona McDonald. Flying birds and squishy bugs! Puppets and...

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LEARNING YOUR SONGS

Sat 19 Mar
Price: £16.00

A fun session suitable for emerging and experienced singers.What are the best ways to absorb a chosen song, to work with it, and sing it well?Fiona Hunter of Malinky takes you...

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ADVENTURES WITH THE GAELIC TREE ALPHABET

Sat 19 Mar
Price: £6.00

An Gille Dubh/The Guardian of the Trees is so saddened by the clearing of his beloved land, he sits alone atop the highest mountains, ignoring his beautiful, prized possessions....

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TALL TALES OSCAR

Sat 19 Mar
Price: £8.00

Hilarious, mysterious or just plain ridiculous - listen to tall tales, ferocious fibs and fables performed live on stage by Scotland's finest tellers, then you decide who wins...

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THE IOLAIRE

Mon 21 Mar
Price: £6.00

It is 1918, the Great War is over. The men from Lewis and Harris were coming home on His Majesty's Yacht but the horror was not over for the islands. The loss of the ship on New...

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LIVING AND LEARNING WITH M.E. - STORIES OF SELF-MANAGEMENT

Wed 23 Mar
Price: £8.00

M.E.-CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) is a neurological disease affecting 21,000 people in Scotland. The physical symptoms of M.E. can be as...

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LIVING AND LEARNING WITH M.E.

Wed 23 Mar
Price: £0.00

M.E.-CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) affects 21,000 people in Scotland. Yet sadly, there is no quick diagnosis and treatment options are limited...

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GUID CRACK: STORIES TO LIFT THE SPIRIT AND GLADDEN THE HEART

Fri 25 Mar
Price: £0.00

At this time of renewal and returning light, come out for an evening of tales that will send you home with a spring in your step! Join guest storyteller Mary Kenny at Edinburgh...

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JAMES CONNOLLY - THE FIGHT FOR INDEPENDENCE

Sat 26 Mar
Price: £15.00

"The British Government has no right in Ireland, never had any right in Ireland, and never can have any right in Ireland."This one-man play explores Connolly's life as a...

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STEP INTO SPRING: AN EASTER ADVENTURE

Mon 28 Mar
Price: £6.00

Spring has sprung so come and enjoy the fun with an active and creative workshop from Step It Up Dance. Along the way we may bump into the Easter bunny, maybe newly hatched...

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JACK AND THE LOST HARPS: STORYWALK AND COME & TRY HARP SESSIONS

Tue 29 Mar
Price: £9.00

Join Heather Yule, spellbinding storyteller and harper, on a story-walk around the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Through story, riddles and rhymes we will follow Jack as he...

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THE LAST LAUGH

Thu 31 Mar
Price: £10.00

Why should you never date a comedian? This hit Fringe 2015 show mixes stand-up, theatre and storytelling in a tale about two people discovering whether being funny is as...

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MOONBEAM ON A CAT'S EAR

Fri 1 Apr
Price: £8.00

In the middle of the night Rosie, Toby Toby, the cat and the mouse sneak out to play in the shadow of the apple tree. When Toby Toby steals the moon from the sky they go on an...

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JULIETTE BURTON: WORK IN PROGRESS

Thu 21 Apr
Price: £8.00

Award-winning docu-comedian Juliette Burton has to make some BIG decisions. Join Juliette in this fun-filled work in progress version of her brand new show as she chooses her...

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MEN WITH COCONUTS

Sat 30 Jan, Sat 23 Apr & Sat 2 Jul
Price: £8.00

Scotland's foremost musical improv comedy troupe present 90 minutes of improvised games and scenes culminating in an entirely improvised Broadway-style musical. Unplanned,...

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