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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. Please note, Network Members workshop discounts will be applied at the Checkout. If you have any questions please call Reception on 0131 556 9579. 

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ROSS WHYTE & ALASDAIR WHYTE

Thu 5 May
Price: £7.00

Gaelic singer Alasdair Whyte and electronic musician Ross Whyte perform a series of new arrangements of traditional Gaelic songs and original compositions, accompanied by...

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STORY IN SONG WORKSHOPS WITH KIRSTY LAW

Tue 3 - Thu 5 May
Price: £15.00

A relaxed workshop and open discussion on the art of storytelling in song, exploring different songwriters' work as well as having a go at writing your own. Three different...

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STRAVAIGING SCOTLAND IN STORIES

Thu 5 May
Price: £7.00

From the trows of Shetland to the dramatic ballads of the Borders, the selkies of the west coast or the fairy folk of the east, Scotland’s stories are as varied as its landscape...

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GOL

Thu 5 May
Price: £10.00

This Scottish/Iranian band performs an improvised set, combining Iranian sound design samples and film projections. Their fresh and funky fusion of traditional Persian...

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ADRIFT

Fri 6 May
Price: £8.00

A young man, detached and alienated from a community in decline, is unintentionally set adrift on a journey of initiation following the death of his grandfather, a traditional...

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THREE PICTISH TALES

Fri 6 May
Price: £7.00

Join David Brown as he tells a triad of Pictish stories: 'Dunnichen Moss' - a fateful clash between Ecgfrith of Northumbria and Bridei of the Strathclyde Britons, told in heroic...

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SHEESHAM AND LOTUS & ‘SON

Fri 6 May
Price: £10.00

Renowned as one of the most entertaining old-time bands on the circuit, Sheesham and Lotus & 'Son deliver visual delights as much as a virtual musical kick up the pants!...

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FAMILY CEILIDH

Sat 7 May
Price: £6.00

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

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RADICAL SONG FROM 1707 TO TODAY

Sat 7 May
Price: £8.00

From anti-Union riots and Jacobite risings through to radical calls for the reform of a corrupt political system, Scotland has raised its voice in song. This performance...

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MAIRI CAMPBELL - PULSE

Sat 7 May
Price: £12.00

Award-winning Scottish musician’s solo quest to heal cultural wounds. A homecoming in viola, voice, movement, animation and storytelling.  From London’s classical Guildhall...

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LAND, SEA & SKY: FAE FIFE TO FAROE

Until Sun 8 May
Price: £0.00

Jan Miller, originally from Fife, now lives and works in Penicuik. She works in various materials, using her strong drawing skills to produce work in ceramic, painting, papier...

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TRAD TALK: CROSSING THE BORDERS

Sun 8 May
Price: £20.00

The ‘traditional arts’ are often referred to as ‘The Voice of the People’, but what do we mean by ‘the people’ and do they speak with one voice? In a Scotland now comprising an...

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TINY TALES: CREATURE FEATURE

Tue 10 May
Price: £5.00

Join Daniel Allison for stories about strange and magical creatures, and some strange and magical music too. Please book in advance.A booking fee of £1 is charged per...

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A CALENDAR OF MEMORIES

Tue 10 May & 7 Jun
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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CAMPBELL'S CEILIDH

Tue 10 May & Tue 7 Jun
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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EDINBAL DANCE WORKSHOPS: A DANCE TOUR OF EUROPE

Wed 11 May, 25 May, 1 Jun & 22 Jun
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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PEDIGREE TALES

Thu 12 May
Price: £8.00

For everyone with a love, fascination or curiosity about dogs, this is the show for you. A fun, audience participatory event venturing into a world seen through the eyes of dogs...

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EXHIBITION: INSPIRING SPACES PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

Fri 13 May - Sat 4 Jun
Price: £0.00

As part of the 2016 Festival of Architecture, the Edinburgh Architectural Association are running a photography competition to celebrate and share inspiring spaces within...

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THE STORY KIST: INCLUSIVE STORYTELLING

Sat 14 May
Price: £5.00

Kettles and candle sticks! Wooden spoons and jelly! Come and hear some funny stories of everyday objects and what they get up to when we're not looking... Multi-sensory...

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CAFÉ VOICES: STORIES OF FIONN AND THE GREY MAGICIAN

Thu 19 May
Price: £5.00

We are delighted to welcome master storyteller George Macpherson from Skye as our guest storyteller. George will also be launching his new book at 6pm, published via Luath Press...

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ROBERT BURNS: ROUGH CUT

Thu 19 May
Price: £10.00

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. This intimate portrait of Burns...

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OVER THE SEA TO SKYE: A HIGHLAND BARDIC JOURNEY

Fri 20 - Sun 22 May
Price: £120.00

Explore the lives of the great Gaelic poets plus the locations, events and people that inspired them, led by the Seanachaidh of Glendale, George Macpherson, harpist Heather Yule...

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REAL TALK: AN EVENING OF STORYTELLING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

Fri 20 May
Price: £5.00

Real Talk is back after a wonderfully successful first evening of storytelling about mental ill health and wellbeing. Come one, come all for an evening of storytelling,...

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STARTING WITH STORIES 2

Sat 21 May
Price: £36.00

This participative session takes you a step further from Starting with Stories 1 by developing your own storytelling talent in various contexts and situations. Let out your...

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A BATTLE FOR THE SOUL: HIDDEN VOICES FROM INDIA’S PAST

Thu 26 May
Price: £5.00

How easy is it to reject all that you're taught to believe in?A Battle for the Soul presents narrative snapshots of the lives of young Indian men and women, drawn from recently...

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MERRY MADNESS OF MAY

Fri 27 May
Price: £15.00

Neill Martin offers a vivid introduction to May seasonal customs, the carnival spirit and the changing picture in Scotland today. This is followed by a guided tour through TRACS...

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SCOTS AROUND THE WORLD & STORY OF THE CLARET WITH BILLY KAY

Fri 27 May
Price: £5.00

Multi-linguist Billy Kay shares the stories of the Scottish diaspora emanating from his travels. Discover the impression Scots have on the people they meet and the extraordinary...

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GUID CRACK: INTO THE FOREST WE GO

Fri 27 May
Price: £0.00

An evening exploring new paths, mysteries, magic and the great unknown! Join guest storyteller Ken Shapley at Edinburgh's monthly storytelling night, currently held in the...

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CELEBRATING PLACE 1: ECO SCHOOLS & LOCAL ARTS

Sat 28 May
Price: £18.00

Join an afternoon of creative networking and resource sharing amongst teachers, Artists and environmental activists. Learn how environmental awareness and creative education are...

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DARK TALES OF SCOTLAND AFTER FLODDEN WITH ROSEMARY GORING

Sat 28 May
Price: £5.00

One of Scotland's darkest days was that of the Battle of Flodden, 9 September 1513, at Branxton. Rosemary Goring's two novels offer the reader a taste of the horrible aftermath...

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THE POLAR BEARS GO UP!

Thu 2 - Sat 4 Jun
Price: £8.00

The Polar Bears are moving up in the world. They've lost their balloon and they need to get it back. It's time to get up, step up, climb up, jump up. One thing's for sure, the...

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WORKING CREATIVELY WITH SMALL GROUPS 1: TALKING & LISTENING

Fri 3 Jun
Price: £18.00

What are the skills involved in facilitating small groups? How can creativity and wellbeing support each other? This is the first in a series sharing core participatory skills...

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EXHIBITION: ORCADIANS: SEVEN IMPROMPTUS

Wed 8 Jun - Sat 2 Jul
Price: £0.00

This series of paintings and drawings by artist Simon Manfield illustrates the poem Orcadians: Seven Impromptus by George Mackay Brown.They visualise Brown's poetic vision of an...

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WOMEN BESIDE THE OCEAN OF TIME - A CELEBRATION OF GEORGE MACKAY BROWN

Wed 8 Jun
Price: £10.00

George Mackay Brown is the source and inspiration for an evening spent in the company of some of Scotland's most accomplished female artists, each offering a gem: a story, a...

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CAFE VOICES

Thu 9 Jun
Price: £5.00

All are welcome for a relaxed evening of favourite stories as David Campbell leads a special edition of Café Voices, celebrating the Centre's 10th birthday! With an open-floor...

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ORKNEY FOLKLORE & STORYTELLING

Fri 10 Jun
Price: £15.00

Renowned Orkney storyteller Tom Muir gives a compelling sense of the culture and storytelling traditions of Orkney, illustrated through his own grounded approach to traditional...

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BOOK LAUNCH ORCADIANS: SEVEN IMPROMPTUS

Fri 10 Jun
Price: £0.00

George Mackay Brown's poem Orcadians: Seven Impromptus, depicting a variety of Orkney characters in moments of light and darkness, is a work full of closely observed detail,...

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OPEN HEARTH

Fri 10 Jun
Price: £10.00

Join some of our favourite storytellers and musicians in a relaxed, traditional ceilidh session round the hearth. The perfect way to end our birthday celebrations. Hosted by...

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TINY TALES: A GIGGLE IN YOUR STORY POCKET

Tue 14 Jun
Price: £5.00

"Jeannie caught a giggle just between her toes, she gave a little wiggle and up her leg it rose . . ."Find out what happened to Jeannie's giggle and other wriggly creatures in...

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MEMORIES OF A LULLABY: THE NEED TO REMEMBER AND THE WISH TO FORGET

Wed 15 & Thu 16 Jun
Price: £10.00

A one woman show by Saras Feijoo based on a true story about growing up in Venezuela between horror and beauty, desperation and hope, the need to remember and the desire to...

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MULTIVERSE: THE VOICES

Fri 17 & Sat 18 Jun
Price: £8.50

By Sam SiggsRory desperately wants to win the school 'Battle of the Bands'. The only thing standing in his way is the fact his band is massively rubbish...in this Universe...

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MULTIVERSE: THE RISE OF ALVIN

Fri 17 & Sat 18 Jun
Price: £8.50

By Sam SiggsRory desperately wants to win the school 'Battle of the Bands'. The only thing standing in his way is the fact his band is massively rubbish...in this Universe...

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WORKING CREATIVELY WITH SMALL GROUPS 2: WRITING & READING

Sat 18 Jun
Price: £18.00

What are the skills involved in facilitating small groups? How can creativity and wellbeing support each other? This is the second in a series sharing core participatory skills...

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MONSTER FORCE! ENGAGE!

Sat 18 & Sun 19 Jun
Price: £8.50

by Tim PrimroseSomething is lurking under the bed. Mum and Dad are asleep. Who will battle the things that go bump in the night? Monster Force! Engage!Performed by the Strange...

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EDINBURGH ACTING SCHOOL: JUNIOR SHOWCASE

Mon 20 Jun
Price: £8.00

Join the EAS junior actors as they perform in their end of year show! This is a collection of pieces from the primary and secondary school classes to showcase their talents. It...

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CAFÉ CEILIDH: OLD TOWN CELEBRATION

Tue 21 Jun
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. Held in the relaxed setting of the Storytelling...

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EDINBURGH ACTING SCHOOL: SHORTS!

Wed 22 Jun
Price: £8.00

An evening of short scenes and plays performed by the EAS actors-in-training. The performers have worked hard in developing their skills, culminating in this performance to...

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MELODIES OF THE HEART: LADY NAIRNE AND HER SONGS

Fri 24 Jun
Price: £15.00

Perthshire Jacobite and minstrel of song, Lady Nairne is the often unrecognised creator of familiar songs like Will Ye No Come Back Again, Here's To Them That Are Gane and The...

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GUID CRACK: AROUND THE WORLD

Fri 24 Jun

Come with storyteller Anne Pitcher on a journey round the world, as she shares stories and legends in her vibrant and unique style, gathered from recent and past world travels....

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THE LARAMIE PROJECT

Fri 24 & Sat 25 Jun
Price: £8.00

This show is based on a true story. It is October 1998; Matthew Sheppard is savagely beaten and left to die overlooking the town of Laramie, Wyoming. Two locals are accused of...

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CELEBRATING PLACE 2: GUIDING, TOURS & LOCAL ARTS

Sat 15 Jun
Price: £18.00

Join an afternoon of creative networking and resource sharing amongst tour guides, storytellers, artists and educators. Learn how tourism and local culture are natural partners,...

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ONLY THE BRAVE

Mon 27 Jun
Price: £8.50

Thirteen young people have been thinking about what it means to be brave. From dead men in suits of armour to coming out to your granny - this show takes you on a journey...

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WORKSHOP: ART OF THE STORYTELLER

Fri 1 Jul
Price: £12.00

Janis Mackay and Donald Smith open a discussion on the art 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

Fri 1 Jul
Price: £8.00

The Art of the Storyteller series continues with Janis Mackay and Donald Smith sharing an evening of their favourite stories, drawing on their experiences and inspirations...

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MEN WITH COCONUTS

Sat 23 Apr & Sat 2 Jul
Price: £8.00

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

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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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