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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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Jack and the Land Without Music: Storywalk and Come & Try Harp...

Tuesday 7 & Wednesday 8 April
Price: £9.00

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

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Café Voices: The Woods are Lovely, Dark and Deep

Thursday 9 April
Price: £5.00

Stories from the forests with much travelled storyteller Daniel Allison.The Centre's monthly storytelling session, with an open-floor section for storytellers to tell their own...

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Shoe Kangaroo & The Big Bad Boot

Friday 10 April
Price: £8.50

A strapping tale filled with shoes, which promises to be a delightful load of old cobblers...Did you ever lose a shoe? One that tumbled into a bird that flew, over the sea to an...

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Family Treats: Animated Short Films

Friday 10 & Saturday 18 April
Price: £5.00

Enjoy an eclectic mix of beautiful visual styles and intriguing animation techniques in this collection of Short Films, all created in the past 18 months.Among many vivid and...

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The Man Who Planted Trees

Saturday 11 April
Price: £8.50

This multi-sensory theatrical adaptation of Jean Giono’s environmental classic tells the inspiring story of a shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren...

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Film: The Man Who Planted Trees

Saturday 11 April
Price: £5.00

To accompany Puppet State’s award-winning production, we are also pleased to present the classic Oscar-winning animated film about the shepherd Elzéard Bouffier, , who over 35...

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Tiny Tales: Hare, There & Everywhere

Tuesday 14 April
Price: £0.00

It's Spring! But where oh where is Hare?Join storyteller Renita Boyle, Wiggly Woo and friends at the bottom of the garden for a seek-and-find parachute play adventure for...

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A Calendar of Memories

Tuesday 14 April, 12 May & 9 June
Price: £3.00

A new monthly 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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The Speakeasy

Tuesday 14 April, 12 May & 9 June
Price: £7.00

The ever-popular Speakeasy returns with a cross section of exciting performers. Previous guests include Alan Bissett, Jo Caulfield, Janey Godley, Prof Richard Wiseman, James...

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3 Pigs

Wednesday 15 April
Price: £8.50

A sty full of stories and song!The Three Little Pigs, Susannah the Fanciful Sow and The Old Woman and her Pig are all brought to life with the amazing ingenuity and formidable...

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Film: Up

Wednesday 15 April
Price: £5.00

Pete Doctor, Bob Peterson (USA, 2009)Carl Fredricksen is an elderly and very grouchy widower with not a friend in his neighbourhood. When Russell, a young Scout, comes calling...

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Pitschi, The Kitten with Dreams

Thursday 16 April
Price: £8.50

Pitschi the kitten lives with her brothers and sisters, Grandma Lisette and a dog called Bello on a farm high up in the Swiss Alps. She doesn’t care much for the rough and...

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Film: How To Train Your Dragon

Thursday 16 April
Price: £5.00

Dean Dubois, Chris Sanders (USA, 2010)An awkward and hapless Viking teenager called Hiccup is desperate to prove himself and become a respected member of his community so he...

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Liang & The Magic Paintbrush

Friday 17 April
Price: £8.50

Liang dreams of being a painter but is too poor to buy himself a paintbrush.Join him on a magical adventure to find out if dreams really can come true. This inventive and gentle...

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Film: The Secret of Kells

Friday 17 April
Price: £5.00

Tomm Moore (Belgium, France, Ireland, 2009)Adventure, action and danger await 12 year old Brendan who must fight bloodthirsty Vikings and a cunning serpent god to find a crystal...

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From Heart to Hearth

Friday 17 April
Price: £8.00

An evening of heart-warming stories to make you laugh, cry, wonder and dream.Join this new and exciting company of Scottish storytellers around the warming hearth of stories.Be...

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Historic Scotland: Celebrating World Heritage Day 2015

Saturday 18 April
Price: £0.00

Don't know what a World Heritage Site is? Well, this is your chance to find out about the five World Heritage Sites in Scotland in a fun, family afternoon out.Youngsters will...

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Little Princess Goldtree

Saturday 18 April
Price: £8.50

A wicked stepmother, a beautiful princess and an all knowing, all seeing magical trout – just the ingredients needed for a fairy tale!This Scottish version of Snow White is told...

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The Story Collective: Living in a Better Nation

Friday 24 April
Price: £8.00

As Scotland enters a new chapter in her history join us for an evening of traditional stories, of Stoorworms and Selkies, which resonate deeply in our own time.Fact and fiction...

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Guid Crack: For the Love of Stories

Friday 24 April
Price: £0.00

Can you remember the first story you heard?Guest teller Calum Lykan leads a celebratory evening, remembering the stories we love the most.Edinburgh's monthly storytelling night,...

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Starting with Stories 1

Saturday 25 April
Price: £36.00

A hands-on, practical introduction to live storytelling and the associated skills.This participative session is for anyone curious about discovering and developing their own...

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Creative Writing Workshop for Children

Saturday 25 April
Price: £16.00

Calling all 8-15 year olds!If you enjoy writing stories, or would like to enjoy it more, come along to first of two afternoon workshops held in the Storytelling Centre with...

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Writing the North: Poetry and Music from Orkney and Shetland

Saturday 25 April
Price: £10.00

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Scottish Poetry Library, University of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of Edinburgh invite you to 'Writing the North', an evening...

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The Coffee Opera

Monday 27 April
Price: £16.00

After the resounding success of Acis & Galatea, Music of the Spheres invites you to THE COFFEE OPERA, a unique blend of Baroque music and contemporary music theatre. John...

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Cahalen Morrison & Eli West

Tuesday 28 April
Price: £10.00

Two of the most innovative and subtle roots musicians today, their music draws from old folk sources but sounds vibrantly alive.Together, they tap the root of old country and...

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It’s a Strange Auld Toon, Stories of Old Edinburgh

Wed 29 April - Sun 10 May
Price: £0.00

This old city is just filled with strange history and gruesome tales.Join Calum Lykan for a walk around the historical streets of Edinburgh’s Old Town.Hear the tales of this...

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Edinburgh Old Town: Journeys and Evocations

Wednesday 29 April
Price: £0.00

Donald Smith and Stuart McHardy present Edinburgh Old Town through the eyes of the late, great John Fee — local history expert and a true storytelling artist.Free but ticketed...

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J.D. Fergusson’s Modern Scottish Painting with Sandy Moffat and...

Wednesday 29 April
Price: £0.00

Alan Riach and Sandy Moffat have brought Modern Scottish Painting by J.D.Fergusson to life in this new edition of the book, annotated and illustrated with Fergusson’s paintings...

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Whisky & Tales Tour

Wed 29 April, Thu 30 April, Wed 6 May, Thu 7 May
Price: £20.00

Enjoy a selection of Edinburgh’s finest taverns, hear a wonderful array of traditional Scottish stories about whisky, history and the magic of Scotland’s lands & people, and...

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A Fine Wee Lass?

Wednesday 29 April
Price: £10.00

Bringing together a host of experience in traditional Scots song and contemporary songwriting, Mairi Campbell, Kim Edgar and Emily Smith examine the presentation and voice of...

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Edinburgh Folk Club: The Tannahill Weavers

Wednesday 29 April
Price: £12.00

The Tannahill Weavers’ diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and...

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Dance Base: Ceilidh for dancers with additional support needs

Thu 30 April & Thu 7 May
Price: £5.50

Ceilidh dancing is possibly the most social of all dances. Dance with your partner, dance with others in a group and join in the party!Prepare for a lot of fun and laughs.For...

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Scotland’s Future History with Stuart McHardy

Thursday 30 April
Price: £0.00

Stuart McHardy presents a new approach to history, changing our mindset to look at Scotland as the centre of our story.Come along to have your perception of Scotland’s history...

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Dance Base: Ceilidh

Thu 30 April & Thu 7 May
Price: £6.50

Learn traditional Scottish dances, enjoy live music and join in the ceilidh!A variety of dances will be taught in this new, longer session, so you can really get into the swing...

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Sassie Lassies

Thursday 30 April
Price: £8.00

A seriously playful collection of stories and music celebrating powerful women from traditions around the world, performed by Janis Mackay & Dawne McFarlane.These offerings...

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Malinky: Far Better Days

Thursday 30 April
Price: £10.00

Malinky celebrate the official release of their fifth album, Far Better Days.For the past 15 years, Malinky have been the leading group focusing on traditional Scots song with...

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Beltane Fire Festival

Thursday 30 April
Price: £8.00

For over 25 years the Beltane Fire Society have gathered volunteer, performers and the wider community to engage in a re-imagining of the Celtic festival of Beltane.As darkness...

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Workshop: May Day Mummers

Friday 1 May
Price: £6.00

Learn about the May Day plays, Robin Hood Games, Galoshins and all the magical mayhem of the season.Bring hats, banners, flags, and costumes ready to adapt for the May Day...

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Dancing Sunwise

Friday 1 May
Price: £10.00

This participatory workshop explores how to walk sunwise around the wellspring of our own creativity, renewing ourselves and our communities.Lea Taylor, Mairi Campbell &...

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Diane Cluck

Friday 1 May
Price: £10.00

Intuitive folk musician Diane Cluck (US) returns to the UK for a solo tour, accompanying herself on guitar, zither, imbira, and a copper pipe instrument she built by hand....

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Mummer’s Ceilidh

Friday 1 May
Price: £10.00

A Ceilidh dance led by the legendary Robert Fish Band, featuring weird and ancient folk plays with the Meadows Mummers and mayhem with the Mons Megs Rappers sword dancing!

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Bella Hardy

Friday 1 May
Price: £14.00

Bella Hardy returns to The Queen’s Hall with her eagerly anticipated new album, With The Dawn.This heartfelt collection of self-composed songs tells a story of travel, choices,...

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The May Day Concert: Dick Gaughan

Friday 1 May
Price: £12.00

Dick Gaughan is a Scot, from Leith and the only performer to hold the dual honours of a BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the Scots...

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Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh

Friday 1 May
Price: £6.00

A traditional ceilidh event with Edinburgh’s own Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band.Come along and join in the fun - suitable for all ages (and perfect for beginners) as the Dance...

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Bothan Dun Eideann - Edinburgh’s Gaelic Nightclub

Friday 1 May
Price: £5.00

Established over 10 years ago, Bothan is at the forefront of Edinburgh’s Gaelic Arts scene.From performers of international renown to wee lassies who sing at the local Mod,...

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Play Me Something

Friday 1 May
Price: £9.00

(Timothy Neat / Scotland 1989 / rated 15)One of the great, unsung gems of Scottish cinema. Beginning with the arrival of a mysterious stranger at Barra airport, Timothy Neat’s...

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Nothing Ever Happens Here Presents... Rozi Plain and Friends

Friday 1 May
Price: £10.00

Two nights of late parties showcasing the best of modern, trad influenced music from around Scotland and the UK.In the first session, Rozi Plain launches her new album, Friend,...

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Bold Town: Graffiti & Street Art Soiree

Sat 2 & Sun 3 May
Price: £0.00

A cultural cross-over using modern mediums celebrating old town traditions to create bold and inspiring artwork.Graffiti artists will spray paint a community mural over the...

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Ancient Athens and its Gifts to Edinburgh

Saturday 2 May
Price: £5.00

Travel back in time from Calton Hill to the Athenian Acropolis and discover the stories behind historic buildings with Carolyne Latham and her friendly little dog.Meet the...

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May Day Parade

Saturday 2 May
Price: £0.00

Led by the Stockbridge Pipe Band.11.30am meet in Middle Meadow Walk for 12pm set off. Garland and costume making at the Pavillion Café, Jawbone Walk from 10.30am.TradFest will...

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Stepping Across the Atlantic

Saturday 2 May
Price: £20.00

An exciting afternoon of dance immersion exploring the movement, song and music traditions of Scottish and Cape Breton step dancing.Workshops in Vocal dance tunes, Scottish step...

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Come Lift Up Yer Voices: Scots Song Singalong

Saturday 2 May
Price: £5.00

All ages are welcome to this Scots Music Group singalong event, singing all our favourite Scots songs in chorus to celebrate the launch of SMG’s new songbook.Copies of the...

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Harps of their Own Sort

Saturday 2 May
Price: £0.00

Leading contemporary performer, and one of the few players today to develop the old style of fingernail playing, Karen Marshalsay will play both gut and wire-strung clarsachs in...

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Learning to Learn by Ear

Saturday 2 May
Price: £12.00

Angus Grant of Shooglenifty offers fiddlers an afternoon of first hand advice, experiment and insight into styles, techniques and performance approaches.A special TradFest...

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Hydrokoret: The Hydro Choir

Saturday 2 May
Price: £6.00

The Hydro Choir from Oslo is one of Norway’s leading company choirs with a varied repertoire.This concert will feature traditional Scandinavian songs, including Norwegian folk...

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Up the Junction

Saturday 2 May
Price: £9.00

(Ken Loach / England 1965 /rated 12)A breathless celebration of working class culture old and new, set in 60’s Clapham. Mixing cine-vérité style docu-drama with Loach’s staple...

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European Ceilidh: with Duo Shepherd/Gielen & Auld Alliance

Saturday 2 May
Price: £11.00

Come to a great night of Scottish, English, French and Belgian dancing with two acclaimed bands: the legendary Duo Shepherd/Gielen (with Dave Shepherd, from French-English super...

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Huradal

Saturday 2 May
Price: £10.00

Step dancers Màiri Britton and Sophie Stephenson come together with Mòd Gold Medallist Eilidh Munro and fiddler/guitarist Robbie Greig in a dynamic ensemble showcasing the...

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John Muir: University of Wilderness

Saturday 2 May
Price: £10.00

24 December, 1914 marked the passing of one of the world’s most noted naturalists, John Muir.Co-founder of the powerful environmental advocacy organisation, the Sierra Club,...

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Scots Music Group Fundraising Ceilidh with the Canongate Cadjers

Saturday 2 May
Price: £8.00

No experience necessary! Come on your own, with friends or in a group.Have fun & join the locals in Scottish dancing with live music from one of Edinburgh’s top ceilidh...

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Dallahan

Saturday 2 May
Price: £10.00

Exploding onto the traditional music scene in 2013, Dallahan’s unique arrangements of original music and traditional Irish tunes have secured their presence at such prestigious...

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The Lyrical Heart

Sunday 3 May
Price: £10.00

Frieda Morrison invites you into the heart of North East Scotland to experience its songs and tunes with original compositions, as well as her 1993 film Troubled Fields,...

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Traditional Scottish Songs and their Stories

Sunday 3 May
Price: £12.00

Christina Stewart introduces traditional Scottish songs and their stories, offering specific examples of songs linked with stories and vice versa, including an introduction to...

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Scotland’s Democracy Trail

Sun 3 & Sun 10 May
Price: £8.00

The story of democracy in Scotland is at least 500 years old, much of it almost forgotten and rarely taught in schools.This brand new walking tour uses the fabulous views from...

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The Badwills at the Netherbow: Album Launch and Concert

Sunday 3 May
Price: £10.00

The Badwills have been enchanting Edinburgh and Scotland with unique nights of southern Italian traditional music for the past 5 years, leading audiences to dance and dream to...

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The Nuala Kennedy Trio

Sunday 3 May
Price: £10.00

A rare appearance by one of our finest traditional musicians! The Nuala Kennedy Trio has won fans around the world with its unique and powerful sound where high octane...

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Dream On

Sunday 3 May
Price: £9.00

(Amber / England 1991 / rated 15)Tyneside’s Amber Collective are one of the most important forces in British cinema, creating authentic images of subaltern life. Combining...

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Wee Folk Club: Peter Nardini

Sunday 3 May
Price: £5.00

Peter Nardini is a Glasgow School of Art graduate and renowned artist, but his music has always gone hand in hand with his art.He is simply one of the most original songwriters...

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A Braw Time wi’ the Bairns

Monday 4 May
Price: £7.00

Come and enjoy songs, traditional stories and a fun pantomime!Loads of fun, Scots words and expressions to learn and share.This is a family event, especially suitable for...

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Dance Base: Highland Beginners

Monday 4 May
Price: £6.50

Enjoy the energetic, rhythmic steps of our country’s national dances. Veronica, former World Champion, will teach you to enjoy all the swirling sounds of not just the bagpipes,...

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Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

Monday 4 May
Price: £9.00

(Sergei Parajanov / Ukraine 1965 / rated 12)A cinematic folk rhapsody of the ancient people’s culture of the Carpathian Mountains. Dance, song and gossip combine with...

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The Life and Songs of Bob Bertram: an Edinburgh Folk Singer

Monday 4 May
Price: £0.00

Celebrating the life and works of Bob Bertram (d. 2009), a well-known Edinburgh folk-singer and character who performed in various venues around the Old Town of Edinburgh.Norma...

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Pre-Election Flyting and Debate

Monday 4 May
Price: £6.00

Flyting is defined as “a contest consisting of the exchange of insults, often conducted in verse, between two parties.”From the rowdy Prime Minister’s Question Time to the...

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Come Along – Let Us Foot It Out Together

Monday 4 May
Price: £5.00

“Come along – let us foot it out together” is a line from the Uist tramping song chosen by storyteller and dancer Phyllis Davison to develop this presentation of story, song,...

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Dean Owens and the Whisky Hearts

Monday 4 May
Price: £10.00

Filtering his love of Americana through a gritty yet lyrical Scottish sensibility, and armed with a searingly soulful voice, Dean Owens is one of Scotland’s most acclaimed and...

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Edinburgh Folk Club: Väsen

Monday 4 May
Price: £12.00

This Swedish trio is considered one of best folk acts in the world with 15 albums under their belt and an American street named after them.Their skill at pairing traditional...

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Simon Kempston

Monday 4 May
Price: £8.00

Rare chance to see award-winning Scottish songwriter and leading fingerstyle guitarist in one of Scotland’s most intimate music venues.Having performed to critical acclaim in...

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Rock Opera: Walking Tour

Tue 5 & Wed 6 May
Price: £10.00

Rock Opera guides you round Holyrood Park on a walking tour which was developed in partnership with Our Dynamic Earth. During the tour you will discover the origins of...

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Café Ceilidh

Tuesday 5 May
Price: £0.00

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

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The Gifts of Ewan McColl

Tuesday 5 May
Price: £10.00

TradFest opens up the legacy of Ewan McColl – collector, songmaker and reviver – 100 years on from his birth.Re-Source his gifts in performance and education with Geordie...

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Scotia Nova: Poems for the Early Days of a Better Nation

Tuesday 5 May
Price: £0.00

Revised for a post-referendum Scotland, come along to join the editors and contributing poets of this book in an evening of poetry dedicated to Scotland’s future, and possibly a...

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Brave & Free: Traditional Tales of Scotland

Tuesday 5 May
Price: £6.00

Scotland, a land steeped in myth and legend. Storyteller Calum Lykan - nominee for Best Newcomer 2013, British Awards of Storytelling Excellence - introduces you to his magical...

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Adam Holmes and the Embers Presents...The Best of Young Scottish Folk

Tuesday 5 May
Price: £12.00

Combining the song writing influences of artists like John Martyn and Townes Van Zandt with the country and folk textures of The Band, Neil Young and Ryan Adams & the...

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Fickle Fortune: Robyn Stapleton

Tuesday 5 May
Price: £12.00

BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician 2014 launches her debut album at this year’s TradFest.Fickle Fortune features traditional songs from Scotland and Ireland.Robyn...

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Kaos

Tuesday 5 May
Price: £9.00

(Taviani Brothers / Italy 1984 / rated 15)Based on the short stories of Pirandello, Kaos marries Italian cinematic neorealism with the lyricism of folk tales, among them the...

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Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

Tuesday 5 May
Price: £6.00

Every Tuesday, you can experience Scottish dance the way it’s meant to be!With a caller to teach the dances and featuring the best Scottish ceilidh bands, the event is great for...

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Salt House

Tuesday 5 May
Price: £10.00

This acoustic quartet – Ewan MacPherson (guitar, mandolin, banjo), Lauren MacColl (fiddle, viola), Euan Burton (bass) and Siobhan Miller (vocals) – brings together distinct...

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Alan Lomax – Dunkin their Heels in the Corn and the Custard

Wednesday 6 May
Price: £10.00

100 years since Alan Lomax’s birth, discover a store of online archives and explore his heritage of stravaiging and massively rewarding pursuit of Scots song, under the guidance...

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Cogadh‘s an Dàn - War in the Poem

Wednesday 6 May
Price: £0.00

Award-winning poet Aonghas MacNeacail will be performing a selection of Gaelic war poems from Scotland’s best-loved poets, including Sorley MacLean.

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Summer Is A-Coming

Wednesday 6 May
Price: £10.00

Join The Fisher Lassies for a seasonal celebration of songs, tales and tunes to help usher in the abundance of summer!This well-established Borders based a cappella group sing...

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Twelfth Day

Wednesday 6 May
Price: £10.00

Inspired by their musical travels around the globe and upbringings in Orkney and the Scottish Borders, fiddle player Catriona Price and harpist Esther Swift blend traditional...

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Edinburgh Folk Club: Colum Sands

Wednesday 6 May
Price: £10.00

A member of the internationally renowned Sands Family from County Down, Colum has performed in over thirty countries, confirming the universal appeal for the songs and stories...

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Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari

Wednesday 6 May
Price: £9.00

(Alexey Fedorchenko / Russia 2012 / advised 15)This second feature from Alexey Fedorchenko and Denis Osokin plays as a series of cinematic folk tales, each focussing on a woman...

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Jacobites By Name: 1715 and all that

Thursday 7 May
Price: £10.00

The Jacobites live on in song and story – in Scots and Gaelic – in Scotland and across the world.Re-Source these fantastic traditions with Perthshire tradition bearer Paraig...

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Kaddu Beykat/A Letter to My Village

Thursday 7 May
Price: £9.00

(Safi Faye / Senegal 1976 / advised PG)An artful fusion of the political and the poetic, Safi Faye’s first film situates the local within the global, focusing on the daily lives...

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Songs and Stories of the Pavee People with Irish Traveller Thomas...

Thursday 7 May
Price: £8.00

Thomas McCarthy is a last bastion of the oral tradition, an Irish traveller who comes from a long line of singers and musicians who taught him many fine versions of traditional...

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Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore

Thursday 7 May
Price: £10.00

Grammy Award winner Mollie O’Brien is US folk-singing royalty. Long recognised as a singer who doesn’t recognise musical boundaries, audiences love her fluid ability to make...

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The Tannahill Irish Songs – Art as Life

Friday 8 May
Price: £10.00

Robert Tannahill, the Paisley weaver song-writer, engaged with the often violent 18th century debate over Irish emigration to Scotland in a potent fashion: through melody and...

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Which Side Are You On?

Friday 8 May
Price: £12.00

To celebrate what would have been Pete seeger's 96th birthday this May, Jimmy Ross, Finlay Allison, Gillian Frame & Penny Stone tell the fascinating story of his life...

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Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys

Friday 8 May
Price: £10.00

From bluesy works of wonder to blistering bluegrass beauty, this band has a fresh approach to the American roots genre which they’ve been confidently conquering with a non-stop...

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Breabach

Friday 8 May
Price: £16.00

Featuring Calum MacCrimmon (pipes/whistles/bouzouki), Ewan Robertson (guitar/vocals), James Mackenzie (pipes/flute/whistles), Megan Henderson (fiddle/vocals/stepdance) and James...

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The Shee

Friday 8 May
Price: £10.00

The Shee bring Electro-harp, accordion, fiddles, flute, mandolin and three powerful voices together with their diverse range of individual musical influences to create...

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Flute Fling: Scottish Flute Day 2015

Saturday 9 May
Price: £30.00

Three tutors return by popular demand as part of the ongoing flute revival in Scottish traditional music. Gordon Turnbull (Edinburgh), Kenny Hadden (Aberdeen), and Sharon...

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Tales in the Making: The Snow Queen & The Death of the Fin King

Saturday 9 May
Price: £8.00

A double bill of two wonderful collaborations between craft-makers and storytellers.The classic tale of The Snow Queen is performed by storyteller Grace Banks and glass artist...

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The Scottish Lute

Saturday 9 May
Price: £0.00

Lutenist Eric Thomas plays a selection of Scottish music from some of the earliest sources of Scottish traditional music, including the Rowallan, Straloch and Panmure 5...

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Art of Bluegrass Workshop

Saturday 9 May
Price: £15.00

Joshua Rilko, Mark Lavengood and PJ George III of Lindsay Lou & the Flatbelly’s, offer an introduction to Bluegrass styles and approaches, followed by instrument focussed...

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Cruinn and Friends

Saturday 9 May
Price: £10.00

This Highland based quartet brings together premier Gaelic singers James Graham, Fiona Mackenzie, Brian Ó hEadhra and Rachel Walker.Recently nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk...

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Southern Tenant Folk Union

Saturday 9 May
Price: £10.00

One of the most highly acclaimed folk/bluegrass bands in the UK currently promoting their sixth album, The Chuck Norris Project.Inventive, artistically successful and with an...

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What Next for Scotland’s Cultural Community?

Sunday 10 May
Price: £5.00

Artists are often called upon to imagine the future and reflect the present. Last year’s referendum campaign witnessed an outpouring of creativity and cultural confidence. But...

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Sing a Song for Scotland

Sunday 10 May
Price: £10.00

Sangstream and friends present a concert of folk songs and a pocket full of true tales inspired by choir members’ lives through emigration, immigration, love, leisure and...

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The Music and Songs of Scotland: Euan Drysdale, Alastair Savage &...

Sunday 10 May
Price: £12.00

An exciting collaboration for the closing night of TradFest.In the first half Euan Drysdale presents old and new songs, building on the Robert Burns and Niel Gow concert...

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Queen Amang the Heather – Sheila Stewart

Sunday 10 May
Price: £10.00

A garland of song, story and music woven in tribute to the late, great Sheila Stewart – last of the world famous Stewarts of Blair and champion of Scotland’s Travelling People...

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Mary Black - The Last Call Tour

Sunday 10 May
Price: £28.50

Much loved singer Mary Black embarks on her last ever tour of the UK having decided to hang up her ‘touring boots’.For the last 30 years, Black has been a dominant presence in...

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Wee Folk Club: Jim Bainbridge

Sunday 10 May
Price: £5.00

Jim picked up the melodeon in 1964, for a fiver in a Twickenham junkshop, and has played DG box ever since.A Geordie by birth, he’s lived across the UK as well as in the Canary...

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Nothing Ever Happens Here Presents... The Khartoum Heroes and Friends

Sunday 10 May
Price: £10.00

Two nights of late parties showcasing the best of modern, trad influenced music from around Scotland and the UK.The second session marks the Edinburgh return of Khartoum Heroes,...

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Tiny Tales: Peek-a-Boo! Where are you?

Tuesday 12 May
Price: £0.00

Join Anne Pitcher on a journey round the world with Baby Jay and his magic Peek-a-Boo blanket.Helping Anne tell her stories and sing her songs will be some of her menagerie of...

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Café Voices: The Princes of Destiny

Thursday 14 May
Price: £5.00

The story that is about to happen to one person has already happened to others in the past.Inspired by the work of the writer and sociologist Reginaldo Prandi, Ana Maria Lines...

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Rainforest Adventure

Saturday 16 May
Price: £0.00

Jump in the canoe, hold the oar and travel with Brazilian storyteller Ana Maria Lines deep into the Rainforest.With her tales and songs, Ana will lead you in a magical adventure...

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The Storyteller, the Boy and the Road of Legends

Saturday 16 May
Price: £8.00

The tale of a journey to Loch Ness that changed lives. Tim Porteus introduces you to the stories and legends that pave the route to Scotland's most famous loch.Assuming the...

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The Real Goldilocks Tale!

Monday 18 May
Price: £0.00

Do you want to find out the real story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears?Whatever happened to the lesser-known Purplilocks, and why don't we hear about Goldilocks's other...

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Your Story on the Web

Friday 22 May
Price: £15.00

Michael Williams explores the power of personal presentation in web communication.Is it marketing or storytelling that really counts in communication?This workshop is suitable...

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The New Story – Storytelling as a Pathway to Peace

Saturday 23 May
Price: £15.00

Storytelling accompanied by listening creates connections for peace making, transformation and healing.Inger Lise Oelrich shares a lifetime of working with these questions. Her...

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Book Launch: The New Story - Storytelling as a Pathway to Peace

Saturday 23 May
Price: £0.00

The shortest distance between two human beings is - a story.Inger Lise Oelrich explores the background to her recently published book The New Story: Storytelling as a Pathway to...

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Beginning with Wonder

Friday 29 May
Price: £18.00

Open Table Perspectives crosses the borders of cultures, faiths, philosophies and traditions.What is the role of wonder, openness, and imagination in human life?This...

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Story in Song

Friday 29 May
Price: £15.00

A creative workshop with Kirsty Law.Come along for an open discussion and workshop on some of the greatest stories told through song then have a go at writing your own!No...

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Guid Crack: Fifty Glorious Years of "Listen to this"

Friday 29 May
Price: £0.00

Join Michael Kerins, Scotland's famed storyteller as he entertains us with his hilarious tales from 50 years of storytelling (since he was 12)!Join Michael as he takes us on a...

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The Story Kist: Inclusive Storytelling

Saturday 30 May
Price: £0.00

Summer is nearly here... Let's pack up our backpacks and go over the hills and far away on some multi-sensory adventures!Sunny, fun stories and games with props and tents and...

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Sing a Song of Sleep – Lullabies from Scottish Tradition

Saturday 30 May
Price: £12.00

This workshop for parents, carers and singers begins with the most basic principles of lullabies before broadening to include more elaborate sleep songs and the stories which...

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A National Anthem for Scotland

Saturday 30 May
Price: £8.00

Musician Bob Murray has been following the topic of possible Scottish National Anthems for 25 years.Join him in the Storytelling Court to hear his observations and at least...

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Café Ceilidh: Old Town Edinburgh

Tuesday 2 June
Price: £0.00

Join Linten Adie and friends from the Scots Music Group for a free afternoon of songs and music celebrating Edinburgh's Old Town in the Storytelling Court.

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Art of the Storyteller

Friday 5 June
Price: £12.00

Grace Banks and Jean Edmiston open a discussion on the arts of oral storytelling for storytellers of all kinds.What are the skills, experiences and inspirations that drive...

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Art of the Storyteller: Grace Banks & Jean Edmiston

Friday 5 June
Price: £8.00

A new series of regular storytelling performances, featuring two storytellers sharing some of their favourite tales. Grace Banks tells traditional tales, as well as stories from...

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Quadrilles and Contredanses

Saturday 6 June
Price: £20.00

Napoleon may have lost the war but French dances conquered the world!Throughout the 19th century, the Quadrille was queen of all fashionable ballrooms. Join us for a day of...

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Quadrilles and Contredanses: Regency Ball

Saturday 6 June
Price: £8.00

Napoleon may have lost the war but French dances conquered the world! Throughout the 19th century, the Quadrille was queen of all fashionable ballrooms. We invite you to a...

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Tiny Tales: Awesome Africa

Tuesday 9 June
Price: £0.00

Join storyteller Daniel Allison for a journey into the jungles, deserts and savannahs of Africa.Expect stories, songs and music that will have tots aged 1-3 years roaring,...

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Gone

Thursday 11 & Sunday 14 June
Price: £8.00

by Duncan KiddA school trip to the mountains. The adults disappear. Will the pupils have the time of their lives or fight for survival?Performed by the Friday 11-14 age group....

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Café Voices: Fathermen

Thursday 11 June
Price: £5.00

To complement the Centte's current Fathermen exhibition, storyteller Peter Snow explores the presence and the absence of men in family settings.The Centre's monthly storytelling...

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Wearing Badges Is Not Enough

Thursday 11 & Sunday 14 June
Price: £8.00

by Duncan KiddIt's 2003 and America and Britain are preparing to go to war with Iraq. Across Edinburgh, school children are organising themselves to protest against this war....

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Travellers’ Joy

Friday 12 June
Price: £15.00

Explore the unique heritage and traditions of Scotland’s Travelling People – keepers of Scotland’s lore of story, song and music.Storyteller and author, Jess Smith introduces...

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The Ollissey

Friday 12 & Saturday 13 June
Price: £8.00

by Tim PrimroseIt's Penny's birthday, and Ollie has to get all the way to Colinton from deepest, darkest Trinity. Simple. Now if only he knew where his bus pass was… The...

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Viral

Fri 12 & Sat 13 June
Price: £8.00

by Alan GordonThere are times in life when you find yourself on the edge with no idea of how you got there or where you go next; a leap into the unknown, or a tug back from the...

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Workin wi the Sangs

Saturday 13 June
Price: £15.00

Why do ballads exist in so many versions? Could it be because every singer needs to edit and shape something that works for them? Anne Neilson and Ronnie Clark of Glasgow Ballad...

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Max to the Future

Sat 13 & Sat 14 June
Price: £8.00

by Tim PrimroseMax has not done his homework. Oh no! What should Max do? Build a time-machine and travel into the future, of course. Duh!Performed by the Friday 8-10s age group....

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Bardic Journey to Skye

Friday 19 June
Price: £195.00

Explore the lives of the great Gaelic poets plus the locations, events and people that inspired them.Departing from central Edinburgh at 10am on Friday, the story trail follows...

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Shakespeare's Best Bits: Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On

Friday 19 & Saturday 20 June
Price: £10.00

Edinburgh Acting School presents its latest creation.A group of actors audition for the Ultimate Shakespearean Play, which is a mixture of Shakespeare's best bits.Watch as they...

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Starting with Stories 2

Saturday 20 June
Price: £36.00

A hands-on introduction to live storytelling and the associated skills, with leading storyteller Ruth Kirkpatrick.This participative session takes you a step further in...

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Mattress! Mattress! The Story of the Princess & The Pea

Saturday 20 June
Price: £8.00

Set in an 'awfy drafty' castle in the remote Scottish Highlands, this classic tale is re-told by two bemused actors, some tartan 'troos' and an extravaganza of exquisite puppet...

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Dads' Day

Saturday 20 June
Price: £0.00

Join storytellers and musicians in the Storytelling Bothy for a positive celebration of fatherhood on the day before Father's Day.A great opportunity for Dads to enjoy time with...

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Hare

Tuesday 23 June
Price: £8.00

The unreliable final confession of William Hare regarding his acquaintance with William Burke, with interruptions and contradictions by Mrs. Margaret Hare.Edinburgh was...

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Midsummer's Ceilidh

Wednesday 24 June
Price: £7.00

Celebrate midsummer with ceilidh dancing to the Minnow band.Stan Reeves will call you through some seasonal dances and here will be mayhem with the ancient Galoshins folk drama...

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Inside History: John Knox House Revealed

Thursday 25 June
Price: £5.00

Storyteller and former curator, Donald Smith, enacts the true dramas of John Knox House.Might Mary Queen of Scots' jewels still be hidden there?Why is the building full of Roman...

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Ladies of Pleasure

Thursday 25 June
Price: £8.00

A historic guide to the intimate pleasures available to Gentlemen in Eighteenth Century Edinburgh. Not for the faint hearted! Madame will guide you through the opportunities...

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Citizenship and Sectarianism

Friday 26 June
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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The Liar's Tour of the Scottish Storytelling Centre

Friday 26 June
Price: £5.00

See the very walls melt away, with all their rich history, on this unique and fun story tour with storyteller James Spence.It is the stuff of legend, forged from lies, banter,...

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Guid Crack: Eejits and Hissy Fits

Friday 26 June
Price: £0.00

Join storyteller Fiona Herbert for tales of stupidity and stroppiness.Join in with a tale of your own or just come to enjoy the fun. Edinburgh's monthly storytelling night,...

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Scotland’s Wells and Sacred Springs

Saturday 27 June
Price: £24.00

Scotland’s older cultures revered water as a source of life, and an occasion for celebration and worship. Are we now rediscovering Scotland’s sacred geography?This informative...

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Double Bill: Hare & Ladies of Pleasure

Saturday 27 June
Price: £12.00

A chance to catch both performances from Heritage Stories in one evening of Old Town stories and scandal!HareThe unreliable final confession of William Hare regarding his...

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