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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. Network Members Note: please choose the Network Members concession. Discount is no longer automatically applied.

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THE STAR FESTIVAL

Mon 25 Jul
Price: £8.00

Tie your wish on the wishing tree! Then fly with the magpies to build their bridge across the Milky Way… where the ancient star lovers Vega and Altair reunite every year. Our...

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TRADITIONAL TALES

Tue 26 - Thu 28 Jul
Price: £8.00

A summer season of traditional tales from Scotland. Hear the truths, myths and legends of Scottish folklore, past and present with some of our nation's best storytellers....

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EXHIBITION: OMOIYARI - WHERE STORIES COME FROM

Wed 6 - Wed 27 Jul

Original artwork, paintings and sculptures by Marie-Alice Harel take you on an imaginary journey, inviting quiet reflection on the nature of stories and the wonder of...

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FÈIS ROIS CEILIDH TRAIL

Wed 27 Jul
Price: £10.00

Fèis Rois is widely known as one of Scotland’s leading traditional arts organisations. Its annual Ceilidh Trail project gives outstanding young musicians aged 16 – 25 the...

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GUID CRACK: BLESSINGS & CURSES

Fri 29 Jul

Can a blessing be a curse or a curse a blessing? Now there's a conundrum! Join storyteller Kate Walker from Chatterbox Stories for an evening of tales from a fickle world, where...

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THE OUTSIDE TRACK

Fri 29 Jul
Price: £10.00

Winner of Best Group in both the Live Ireland awards and the TIR awards, The Outside Track are one of the top Celtic acts in the world. A stunning synthesis of virtuosity and...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: CELTIC SCOTLAND

Mon 1 Aug
Price: £8.00

with Donald SmithHow did Scotland come to be? Who and what made it a geography, a nation, and a society? And what in that context do we mean by 'Celtic'? An insightful...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: LANDSCAPE & MYTHOLOGY

Mon 1 Aug
Price: £6.00

with Stuart McHardyWhat 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.Each...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: THE CELTS: HISTORY & ARCHAEOLOGY

Mon 1 Aug
Price: £9.00

with Neil HargravesWhat 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...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: TRADITIONAL MUSIC OF SCOTLAND

Tue 2 Aug
Price: £8.00

with David FrancisFollow 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...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: HERSTORY: WOMEN IN SCOTTISH SONG

Tue 2 Aug
Price: £6.00

with Jo MillerFor centuries women have been the backbone of Scottish life, yet often kept in the background of history. But the songs tell a different story.Each Celtic Summer...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: BURNS & THE NATIONAL MUSIC

Tue 2 Aug
Price: £9.00

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

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DALE vN MARSHALL: I AM NOT A CHILD

Wed 3 Aug – Sat 3 Sep
Price: £0.00

Hot new urban artist Dale vN Marshall collaborated with local youngsters who have experienced challenging circumstances, using their words and experiences to create this...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: LIVING WITH PLANTS

Wed 3 Aug
Price: £8.00

with David MitchellAn exploration of the role plants played in the daily lives of our ancestors. Food for the mind, body and soul, including traditional plant lore, healing and...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: SCOTLAND'S RADICAL TRADITION

Wed 3 Aug
Price: £6.00

with Stuart McHardyWhy 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...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: POETRY & SONG IN SCOTS TRADITION

Wed 3 Aug
Price: £9.00

with Fred FreemanA bravura celebration of the dynamic link between the poets and sangsters from medieval to modern, rich with recordings and insightful comments.Each Celtic...

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MEN WITH COCONUTS

Wed 3 – Thu 11 Aug
Price: £10.00

Last year’s Top Free Show on the Fringe (Daily Record) is back for a limited run only! This show combines improvised sketches and stories, accompanied by a pianist, to create a...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: FROM CRADLE TO GRAVE: SCOTTISH CUSTOMS

Thu 4 Aug
Price: £8.00

with Margaret BennettGo on a life journey with the people who have made their lives in Scotland, and kept them going through thick and thin.Each Celtic Summer School event can...

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CELESTE'S CIRCUS

Thu 4 – Sun 28 Aug (not 10, 17, 18, 22-25)
Price: £8.00

Celeste warmly invites wee ones to join her circus trip. See the high-wire hippo, the peek-a-boo cat and a lovable seal performing for paper fish. A real joy to watch with a...

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ERIN, ERROL AND THE EARTH CREATURES

Thu 4 – Sun 21 Aug (not 17-19)
Price: £7.00

When Erin’s brother disappears she sets out on an adventure to find him. With a good pair of wellies, a curious will o’ the wisp as her guide and a sharp pair of ears, Erin soon...

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ANATOMY OF THE PIANO (FOR BEGINNERS) - WILL PICKVANCE

Thu 4 - Sun 28 Aug (not 17, 22-24)
Price: £9.00

Will asks Father Christmas for a spaceship – he gets a piano! An adventure into the world of piano – where they come from, how they evolved and why they make a pretty cool...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: RIDDLES, TALES & BLESSINGS

Thu 4 Aug
Price: £6.00

with David CampbellExperience the influence of power and charm in Celtic oral traditions and their contemporary renaissance.Each Celtic Summer School event can be booked...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: SCOTLAND'S SEASONAL FESTIVALS

Thu 4 Aug
Price: £9.00

with Erin FarleyRituals, folk dramas and beliefs have survived through the centuries as Scots past and present live through seasonal changes and the weather that shapes the...

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NZINGA WARRIOR QUEEN

Thu 4 – Fri 19 Aug (not 10)
Price: £10.00

A powerful exploration of one of the world’s most intriguing, yet little known female rulers. Born in ancient Angola into a patriarchal society, Nzinga defied tradition to...

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ROBERT BURNS: ROUGH CUT

Thu 4 – Sun 28 Aug (not 15, 22)
Price: £9.00

Meet the real edgy Bard. In crisis and contradiction but at full creative stretch. Rough Cut brings you Burns in the raw for the 21st century. Based on Donald Smith's...

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LEAF BY NIGGLE

Thu 4 - Sun 28 Aug (not 10, 15, 22, 23)
Price: £10.00

In 1939, JRR Tolkien was despairing of ever bringing his great work The Lord of the Rings to a conclusion. One morning he woke up with the tale of Niggle, a struggling artist on...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: RENAISSANCE OF WONDER STORYTELLING

Fri 5 Aug
Price: £8.00

with Donald SmithExperience the sources and skills of traditional storytelling in Scotland - from Finn McCool to the Fairy Folk, heroes, gods and saints.Each Celtic Summer...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: SCOTLAND'S TRADITIONS OF DANCE

Fri 5 Aug
Price: £6.00

with Màiri BrittonHear about the rich diversity of traditional dance in Scotland, with some examples from Country, Highland, Step and Ceilidh.Each Celtic Summer School event can...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: GAELIC POETRY & SONG

Fri 5 Aug
Price: £9.00

with Donald SmithDip into the treasure stores of Scottish Gaelic poetry song, journeying through Highlands and Islands, listening and singing along as you choose. Translations...

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LOUD POETS

Fri 5 – Mon 29 Aug (not 15, 22)
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: EMIGRATION & RETURN: A CARRYING STREAM

Sat 6 Aug
Price: £8.00

with James MacDonald ReidFrom Scotland to North America and back, the cultural flow continues. Jamie takes us on a personal journey rich in folklore and insight.Each Celtic...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: THE PEOPLE'S PARISH

Sat 6 Aug
Price: £6.00

with David FrancisAre we on the cusp of a new era of local creativity and heritage? TRACS' Associate Director sets out some approaches and objectives for the third millennium...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: ARTS & CRAFTS

Sat 6 Aug
Price: £9.00

with Mairi McFadyenHow have arts and crafts shaped the way we see Scotland and its cultural identity? A stimulating and visually inspiring journey to conclude the week.Each...

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STORYTELLING - DEVELOPING THE ART & CRAFT OF THE STORYTELLER

Mon 8 - Fri 12 Aug
Price: £190.00

Tutor: Janis Mackay MAIn this introduction to storytelling within the context of Scottish cultural heritage, you will learn how to breathe life into a story with a professional...

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CAFE VOICES

Thu 11 & 18 Aug
Price: £7.00

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

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O IS FOR HOOLET

Fri 12 – Mon 29 Aug (not 15, 22)
Price: £10.00

Language is personal. Nothing gets closer to our hearts. Who owns it? Who governs it? And why? In this one-woman show about the Scots language, Ishbel McFarlane presents...

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CRADLE KING

Fri 12 – Sun 28 Aug (not 15, 22)
Price: £10.00

An intimate audience with Shakespeare’s patron, King James. Brainy, dream-haunted, theatre crazy, peace-loving, he’s the real-life Hamlet. But whose ghost might get him first?...

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BURNS FOR BEGINNERS

Mon 15 & 22 Aug
Price: £8.00

The show about Burns that really is for everyone – absolute beginners, lifelong fans and everyone in between. Burns’ key poems and songs are performed to a cracking live musical...

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LEGENDS IN THE LANDSCAPE

Fri 19 - Mon 22 Aug
Price: £245.00

Tutor: Roddy MacleanAn introduction to the rich heritage of Gaelic legends and historical tales from Highland Scotland, told (largely in English) by a fluent Gaelic-speaking...

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THE MOIRA MONOLOGUES BY ALAN BISSETT

Sat 20 – Mon 29 Aug
Price: £12.00

Moira Bell – single mum, cleaner, hardest woman in Falkirk, and the alter ego of writer/performer Alan Bissett – is back at the Fringe for a limited run after six years’ absence...

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NAE PLANS

Mon 22 - Wed 24 Aug
Price: £10.00

Taking their cue from the spontaneity of the traditional music session, two of our finest folk musicians, Hamish Napier (piano, flute, whistle, vocals) and Adam Sutherland ...

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GUID CRACK: TRAVELLING TALES

Fri 26 Aug

Janis Mackay shares stories where journeys feature in different ways. Come along and bring your own travel tales, personal or traditional. Edinburgh's monthly storytelling night...

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CAMPBELL'S CEILIDH

Tue 6 Sep
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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CAFÉ VOICES: TALES OF WORTH & TREASURE

Thu 8 Sep
Price: £5.00

An evening of stories about precious things and intrinsic value with Claire Druett. The Centre's monthly storytelling session, with an open-floor section for storytellers to...

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EXHIBITION: WOOL AGAINST WEAPONS - 100 YEARS OF WOMEN CAMPAIGNING...

Fri 9 Sep - Sat 1 Oct

An exhibition highlighting the work of women campaigning for peace, starting with those who tried to bring harmony in WW1 – including Edinburgh's Chrystal Macmillan – and ending...

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TRADITIONS IN PLACE: THE PEOPLE'S PARISH

Sat 10 Sep
Price: £18.00

The Statistical Accounts of Scotland were a parish-by-parish snapshot of life in Scotland, recorded by ministers and other prominent people between 1790 and 1970. This new TRACS...

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THE STORY KIST: INCLUSIVE STORYTELLING

Sat 10 Sep
Price: £5.00

Multi-sensory adventures with storytellers Ailie Finlay and Marie Louise Cochrane. Stories, games, songs and intriguing props to squish and rattle. Lots of fun for everyone, but...

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TINY TALES: SWEET DREAMS

Tue 13 Sep
Price: £5.00

Come snuggle in as storyteller Claire Hewitt shares a cradle of dreamy stories and lullabies. With some apples, pears and sleepy bears, we'll sing and dance away all our cares....

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A CALENDAR OF MEMORIES

Tue 12 Jul & 13 Sep
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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EDINBAL DANCE WORKSHOPS: A DANCE TOUR OF EUROPE

Wed 14 & 28 Sep
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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PLAYING FOR DANCE

Sat 17 Sep
Price: £15.00

What do you need to get people dancing to your music? This workshop, led by fiddler Iain Fraser, explores in detail the demands of playing for dancing: rhythm, timing, tempo.The...

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THE RISE AND INEVITABLE FALL OF LUCAS PETIT

Mon 19 & Tue 20 Sep
Price: £12.00

From Sleeping Warrior TheatreThere's only one remarkable thing about Lucas Petit, and that is how unremarkable he is… A fast-paced, razor sharp new comedy with original music,...

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CAFÉ CEILIDH: CHANGING SEASONS

Tue 20 Sep
Price: £0.00

Join friends from the Scots Music Group for an afternoon session of traditional songs, music, poems and stories celebrating the end of summer and start of autumn. Held in the...

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CHRYSTAL AND THE GENERAL

Wed 21 Sep
Price: £10.00

Jo Clifford, Suzanne Dance and Clunie Mackenzie perform the story of two prominent women in the struggle for women's rights to vote. Flora Drummond was an activist prepared to...

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DOORS OPEN DAY: JOHN KNOX HOUSE

Sat 24 & Sun 25 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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NIC GAREISS PERCUSSIVE DANCE

Sat 24 & Sun 25 Sep

Glasgow Step Dance group Kelvingrove Dancers and the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland invites Nic Gareiss for two special workshops: Appalachian Flat-Footing on Sat 24 Sep,...

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WOOL AGAINST WEAPONS!

Sat 24 Sep
Price: £0.00

Join members of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom for an afternoon of songs, stories, activism and knitting!

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GUID CRACK: TALES FROM THE OCEAN DEEP

Fri 30 Sep

Join Argyll based storyteller Patsy Dyer for an evening of international tales from mysterious water worlds and the secrets within them. Edinburgh's monthly storytelling night,...

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KAT HEALY

Fri 30 Sep
Price: £10.00

With special guest, Little Fire (Jamie McGeechan)Scottish singer-songwriter Kat Healy performs an intimate acoustic set of new material with her band, in support of her latest...

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CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN

Sat 8 Oct
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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STORYTELLING FESTIVAL PASS

Fri 21 Oct
Price: £20.00

Become a supporter of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2016!There is no greater pleasure than the power of traditional storytelling taking listeners on a journey...

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