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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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TradFest Club with DJ Dolphin Boy

Wed 29 April - Sun 10 May
Price: £0.00

The TradFest Club will run nightly at the Pleasance Cabaret Bar from 10pm, or after the evening's event has finished.This is a great opportunity for all TradFest participants,...

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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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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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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 MacColl – collector, songmaker and reviver – 100 years on from his birth.Re-Source his gifts in performance and education with Jimmy...

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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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Soundhouse: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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.On the year of its 300th anniversary, and on General Election Day, in this...

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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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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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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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Soundhouse: 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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Soundhouse: 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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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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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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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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Soundhouse: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 12 May & 9 June
Price: £7.00

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

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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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Kidnapped: When Kilts Were Banned

Friday 15th & Saturday 16th May
Price: £8.00

This timeless tale by Robert Louis Stevenson follows young Davie Balfour who after the death of his parents leaves home for the first time only to be double crossed by his...

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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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John Knox in Edinburgh: Walking Tour

Wednesday 20 & Thursday 21 May
Price: £5.00

Storyteller and author, Donald Smith, leads you through the dramatic story of John Knox in Edinburgh.Beginning at the Edinburgh International Festival Hub (top of Royal Mile,...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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