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GET UP & TIE YOUR FINGERS EYEMOUTH

Sun 30 Apr
Price: £6.00

This stunning community performed production tells the story of how the people of Eyemouth recovered following the fishing disaster of 1881. 50 community members of all ages,...

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AKROWA UK

Sun 30 Apr
Price: £8.00

Dancer Adie Baako and drummer Thomas Annan share a lifetime of music and stories to transport audiences to their African childhoods near the coast in Ghana. With no electricity...

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GIANTS

Sun 30 Apr
Price: £8.00

Long ago, giants had lands of their own. They ruled in great kingdoms and were often demonised by humans. Mythology and folklore is abundant with tales of extra large beings in...

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BAGHDAD IS STILL SINGING

Sun 30 Apr
Price: £10.00

The fantastic Babylon Arabic Band, led by Mohammad Nafee, presents an evening of Iraqi music and storytelling with Marion Kenny. After the interval comes belly dancing and...

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ARTIE'S TARTAN TALES

Mon 1 May
Price: £8.00

Artie Trezise returns to TradFest with a brand new show which includes songs from his Singing Kettle days and brand new adaptations of traditional stories. All the songs have a...

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THE HAPPY LANDS

Mon 1 May
Price: £8.00

(Robert Rae, 2012, Scotland)Inspired by true stories from Fife, The Happy Lands follows the journey of a law-abiding community who become law-breakers in a heroic battle against...

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STORY BLANKET

Mon 1 May
Price: £5.00

Join Suit & Pace storytellers Beth and Andrew and choose your own tale from their Story Blanket. You might meet an artistic tortoise, a shape-shifting witch, a goat that...

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SOMETHING FOR A'BODY

Mon 1 May
Price: £7.00

Scotland's stories are as dramatic, breathtaking and beautiful as the country itself. Burgh Blatherers, a group of developing storytellers from Edinburgh and beyond, invite you...

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ISSHO DRUMMERS: FROM TAIKO TO TXALAPARTA

Mon 1 May
Price: £12.00

The beautiful wooden tones of the Basque Country's txalaparta and the low rumbling bass of Japanese Taiko drums are explored in this special performance exploring traditional...

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CAFÉ CEILIDH

Tue 2 May
Price: £0.00

Join friends from the Scots Music Group for an afternoon session of traditional songs, music, poems and stories. The session is held in the relaxed setting of the Storytelling...

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THE BRAVE DON'T CRY

Tue 2 May
Price: £8.00

(Philip Leacock, 1952, Scotland)An underappreciated gem of Scottish cinema, The Brave Don’t Cry is a moving true story, based on the true life events in Ayrshire of the...

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SEAL SKINS, STORMS & TREASURES DEEP

Tue 2 May
Price: £8.00

The sea whispers its secrets over the waves. Storyteller Beverley Bryant, Scots singer Aileen Carr and clarsach player Heather Yule return to TradFest with a new collaboration....

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ARCHIEOLOGY: AN EVENING WITH ARCHIE FISHER

Tue 2 May
Price: £12.00

Legendary Scottish folk troubadour Archie Fisher, in conversation with David Francis, looks back on an outstanding 50 years in folk music. Archie's ballads evoke the rough...

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MATEWAN

Wed 3 May
Price: £8.00

(John Sayles, 1987, USA)Perhaps the greatest film ever made about the labor movement, John Sayles’ drama is a poetic and deeply humane treatment of the coal miners’ strike in...

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THE MUSIC OF WHAT HAPPENS

Wed 3 May
Price: £8.00

Alice Fernbank and David Francis tell stories while musicians Mairi Campbell, Su-a Lee and Nicky Haire improvise responses. Featuring musicianship of the highest calibre, the...

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WAYWARD JANE

Wed 3 May
Price: £10.00

Formed in Edinburgh by friends playing in many guises over the years, Wayward Jane are vibrant and soulful, revelling in the sheer joy of playing together. Inspired by American...

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SENSING PLACE

Thu 4 May
Price: £5.00

What stories are important to you? This action research project explored the power of place in creative participation, working with archive film collections and Scotland's...

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TANTALISING TREATS

Thu 4 May
Price: £20.00

Storyteller Mara Menzies hosts an evening of marvellous, multicultural magic with Edinburgh's finest storytellers and musicians in the beautiful, fairy lit surroundings of the...

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JOCK'S JOCKS

Thu 4 May
Price: £10.00

Following on from its successful premiere at the Scottish Storytelling Centre during the Carrying Stream Festival in November 2016, this emotionally-charged one act play returns...

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UNSPUN

Thu 4 May
Price: £12.00

Following on from time with Shooglenifty, Conrad Molleson performs new works as Stringjammer in collaboration with musical partners, including Brazilian percussion from Mat...

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LORGAN BÀTA NAN SALM - TRACES OF THE PSALMBOATS

Fri 5 May
Price: £12.00

The Psalmboat community travel from Lewis bringing stories, poetry and the magnificent sound of Gaelic Psalms. Hear about sailing to church services, weddings, communion...

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SONGS OF ALLAN RAMSAY

Fri 5 May
Price: £10.00

The unofficial poet laureate of Edinburgh, Allan Ramsay was considered by Burns to be the greatest original 'genius' of pastoral whilst Hogarth honoured his caricatures with a...

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FROM THURSO TO BERWICK: A CELEBRATION OF MORRIS BLYTHMAN

Fri 5 May
Price: £10.00

A Rebel Ceilidh 'Come All Ye' celebrating the songs and poetry of Morris Blythman (aka Thurso Berwick), the 'Magic Marxist' of the Scottish Folk Revival. A chance to hear songs...

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FOUR NATIONS UNITED - A CULTURAL JOURNEY IN THE HEART OF EDINBURGH

Sat 6 May
Price: £0.00

A day of activities for all the family with BE United to embrace their core values of inclusion, connection, understanding and learning. With dance, music and storytelling...

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DRINKERS & THINKERS - THE SCOTTISH ENLIGHTENMENT

Sat 6 May
Price: £12.00

Sangstream, an Edinburgh based folk choir led by well-known composer, harper and singer Corrina Hewat have performed traditional and contemporary Scots songs in harmony for 20...

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BEYOND THE BORDER: SIR WALTER SCOTT’S MINSTRELSY IN STORY & SONG

Sat 6 May
Price: £8.00

You are invited to share in songs and stories that have travelled far beyond the Scottish Borders, where they were first collected by Sir Walter Scott. Join Wattie and his...

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AN IRISH HOOLIE

Sat 6 May
Price: £12.00

Tall tales, splendid songs and wickedly wise words, as three of Ireland's finest performers conspire to delight and entertain with great songs, heart-warming stories and...

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EXHIBITION: ALSO VIEWED…

Fri 14 Apr - Sun 7 May
Price: £0.00

This exhibition from Conrad Molleson depicts some of Edinburgh's finest musicians in action. Some appear as cheeky caricatures conveying their vibrancy and flair; others are...

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DONEGAL TO DÙN ÈIDEANN

Sun 7 May
Price: £8.00

Two fiddlers, two musical heritages and one shared passion. Liz Doherty’s Donegal tradition and Amy Geddes’ Galloway fiddle roots are explored in concert, with a sprinkling of...

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JOURNEY TO ALBA

Sun 7 May
Price: £6.00

Ingried Boussaroque’s concert is a tale of waves, sand, seagulls, salt and longing. The story of Scots and Irish taking to the sea in the hopes of a better life in Canada, which...

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NEST OF SONGBIRDS

Sun 7 May
Price: £5.00

Boasting two choirs (Fishwives and Fisherlassies), the village of Newhaven in North Edinburgh was once described as a Nest of Songbirds. The Newhaven Community Choir and local...

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MIND WELL

Mon 3 Apr, 8 May, 5 Jun & 3 Jul
Price: £0.00

A relaxed, social session of stories, songs, memories and laughter in the Storytelling Court. Hosted by some of our loveliest storytellers, with tea, coffee and biscuits...

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EDINBAL DANCE WORKSHOPS: A DANCE TOUR OF EUROPE

Wed 5 & 19 Apr, 10 & 24 May, 7 & 21 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 couple dances from France,...

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EXHIBITION: VESSELS AND STORIES OF SCOTLAND'S WEST COAST

Thu 11 May - Tue 6 Jun
Price: £0.00

A selection of beautiful illustrations by artist Christine Morrison, in response to voyages through the seascapes celebrated in Ian Stephen's new book, Waypoints (Bloomsbury)....

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CAFÉ VOICES: WAYPOINTS

Thu 11 May
Price: £5.00

Ian Stephen presents stories from his new book Waypoints: Seascapes and Stories of Scotland's West Coast. Ian reveals a lifetime's love affair with sailing; each voyage honours...

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TITUS

Fri 12 May
Price: £0.00

Red Bridge Arts with NHS Lothian invite you to a performance of Titus as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. Titus is the story of a 10 year-old boy on the edge –...

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FLINT & PITCH PRESENTS: FAT KID RUNNING BY KATHERINE MCMAHON (+...

Fri 12 May
Price: £10.00

What does it take to be at home in a body? How do you have fun moving in a world of body shaming and fat burning? Join Katherine McMahon as she takes you cross country on her...

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THE TREE OF LIBERTY

Sat 13 May
Price: £8.00

(Timothy Neat, 1986, Scotland)Made in collaboration with Hamish Henderson, Timothy Neat’s passionate documentary explores the music of Robert Burns through Jean Redpath and...

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TINY TALES: PORRIDGE POTS

Tue 16 May
Price: £5.00

Join storyteller Tanya Milligan for a delicious morning of porridge based stories, songs and parachute games in the Storytelling Bothy. Lots of fun and imagination for little...

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VALUING LIVING TRADITIONS - CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Wed 17 May
Price: £7.50

DATE CHANGE - This event will now be held on Wed 17 May, not Wed 31 May as previously advertised.Sophia Labadi explores the UNESCO framework for identifying and protecting...

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STORIES ON THE WAY

Thu 18 May
Price: £8.00

An evening of stories from our apprentice storytellers, inspired by the theme of mischief, magic and delight. Scotland has a vibrant group of new storytellers, honing their...

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STARTING WITH STORIES 1

Sat 20 May
Price: £24.00

A hands-on, practical introduction to live storytelling and the associated skills. Storyteller and educator Jackie Ross leads this participatory session for anyone curious about...

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MEN WITH COCONUTS & FRIENDS

Sat 22 Apr, 20 May & 24 Jun
Price: £8.00

DATE CHANGE - Sat 20 May is the correct date, not Sat 27 May as stated in printed programme. Apologies for any confusion.The award-winning musical improv comedy troupe are...

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AN ASSUMPTION OF TRUTH - REHEARSED READING

Wed 24 May
Price: £6.00

Watch This Space ProductionsAbigail Rose has written a book. An autobiography she claims to be the unflinching truth of her own life. But at least one person is not buying it…...

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PREPARING APPLICATIONS: TELL YOUR STORY WELL!

Fri 26 May
Price: £24.00

An intensive day for everyone who has to prepare and submit funding applications on behalf of cultural and community organisations. Participants are welcome to bring a current...

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GUID CRACK: GIRLS, GODDESSES, WISE WOMEN AND WITCHES

Fri 26 May
Price: £0.00

Alice Fernbank leads a night exploring feminine power in its brightest light and darkest shadows. Meet courageous wives, grumpy goddesses, witches who curse and witches who...

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SEVEN

Fri 26 May
Price: £9.00

Adjust Productions presents "SEVEN"! An original dance performance coming to Edinburgh for a on-off show on Friday the 26th of May at 8:30pm, at the Scottish Storytelling Centre...

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FAMILY CEILIDH

Sat 27 May
Price: £5.00

Come with family and friends to dance well-known Scottish dances and sing well-known songs. All the dances will be called and there will be easier circles for the littler ones....

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CHARACTERISATION THROUGH STORY AND SONG 1

Fri 2 Jun
Price: £15.00

This is a unique opportunity to gain some practical insights into developing the skill of embodying characters through storytelling. Led by storyteller and theatre practitioner,...

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SKYE STORYTELLING AT GLENDALE: RESIDENTIAL

Fri 2 - Sun 4 Jun
Price: £150.00

Experience traditional storytelling on location in northwest Skye, with talks, walks and a storytelling ceilidh. Led by Glendale tradition bearer Seoras (George) Macpherson and...

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CLOUDS HARP QUARTET

Fri 2 Jun
Price: £10.00

This classical cross-over quartet performs without music, having learnt everything together by ear, pushing the boundaries and capabilities of what you would expect on the pedal...

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SKYE STORYTELLING AT GLENDALE: STORYTELLING ACTIVITIES ONLY

Sat 3 Jun
Price: £30.00

Experience traditional storytelling on location in northwest Skye, with talks, walks and a storytelling ceilidh. Led by Glendale tradition bearer Seoras (George) Macpherson and...

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STARTING WITH STORIES 2

Sat 3 Jun
Price: £24.00

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

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READY? FLYTE!

Wed 7 Jun
Price: £0.00

An extremely popular genre of entertainment in Scotland’s Middle Ages, flyting was a poetic exchange of insults between two or more makars. This event concludes the flyting...

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WORKING CREATIVELY WITH SMALL GROUPS 1: TALKING, LISTENING AND...

Fri 9 Jun
Price: £15.00

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

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SPIRIT OF PLACE

Fri 9 Jun
Price: £8.00

From Iona to Gorgie, Tuscany to Clydebank, stories belong to people and place. They evoke the uniqueness of our connections and relationships. This event celebrates the...

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EXHIBITION: A SENSE OF IDENTITY

Sat 10 Jun - Sat 1 Jul
Price: £0.00

An exhibition celebrating the history and future of Scotland's Travellers. Headed by renowned writer and storyteller Jess Smith, Heart of the Travellers is a charitable...

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SCOTS SONG WITH SIOBHAN MILLER

Sat 10 Jun
Price: £24.00

A hands-on introduction to group and solo singing, with award-winning songster Siobhan Miller. This participative session takes you a step further in developing your own singing...

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AMONG OTHERS: 200 YEARS OF JEWISH LIVES IN EDINBURGH

Sun 11 Jun
Price: £10.00

A newly-created programme of words and music exploring the history and ongoing life of Edinburgh's 200-year old Jewish community. Featuring original music by composer Phil...

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TINY TALES: OUT OF THE BLUE

Tue 13 Jun
Price: £5.00

Suit & Pace storytellers Beth and Andrew take you on an underwater adventure with lots of songs, puppets and bubbles in the Storytelling Bothy. Lots of fun and imagination...

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DEICH BLIADHNA BHUAITHE

Tue 13 Jun
Price: £6.00

It's been ten years since the end of the Great War. At a kitchen ceilidh in Cape Breton a group of emigrant Highlanders share songs and memories of the old country. This new...

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LOUD POETS PRESENTS: EXPERIMENTAL WORDS

Wed 14 Jun
Price: £7.00

Cadence meets climate change! Leading Edinburgh scientists have been challenged to create new performances in collaboration with Loud Poets. The result? A display of rhyme and...

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CAFÉ VOICES: SHE IS FIERCE

Thu 15 Jun
Price: £5.00

Join storyteller Lauren Bianchi from The Village Storytelling Centre in Glasgow for an evening of goddesses and shero tales from around the world. The Centre’s monthly...

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WORKING CREATIVELY WITH SMALL GROUPS 2: PROMPTS TO MEMORY

Fri 16 Jun
Price: £15.00

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

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TAILSPIN

Fri 16 & Sat 17 Jun
Price: £8.50

By Natalie MacKinnonWelcome to our city. We know it's not much to look at. But it's home. And we're not leaving. Not for anyone.Performed by the Friday 11-14s youth theatre...

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THE DETOUR

Fri 16 & Sat 17 Jun
Price: £8.50

By Corinne SalisburyTwo groups of young people, lost in the wilderness. But they know they can make it. A new play about friendship, sequins and learning to survive.Performed by...

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GAELIC SONG WITH SINEAG MACINTYRE

Sat 17 Jun
Price: £24.00

A hands-on introduction to group and solo singing, with singer and teacher Sineag MacIntyre. This participative session takes you a step further in developing your own singing...

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LITTLE SISTERS AND OTHER DANGEROUS CREATURES

Sat 17 & Sun 18
Price: £8.50

By Tim PrimroseIt's easy to get lost in the Enchanted Forest. But what to do if your little sister is kidnapped by evil magical beings?Performed by the 8-10s youth theatre group...

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CAFÉ CEILIDH

Tue 20 Jun
Price: £0.00

Join friends from the Scots Music Group for an afternoon session of traditional songs, music, poems and stories. Held in the relaxed setting of the Storytelling Court. All...

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RAISE THEIR VOICES: WOMEN'S WORDS FROM THE GREAT WAR

Wed 21 Jun
Price: £10.00

Gael Gals present an evening of women's stories, songs and voices from World War I. Featuring Dolina McLellan, Erin Farley, Eileen Penman and Tom Kane, who come together to...

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CHARACTERISATION THROUGH STORY AND SONG 2

Fri 23 Jun
Price: £15.00

A second stage workshop for storytellers and singers who want to develop the skill of embodying character in their narratives. Storyteller and theatre practitioner, Alice...

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A SENSE OF IDENTITY

Fri 23 Jun
Price: £8.00

A special screening of a new film about Scotland's travelling community, produced by the charity Heart of the Travellers. The evening will culminate in a celebration of stories,...

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LANDSCAPE AND LEGEND: MAPPING THE HUMAN ENVIRONMENT

Sat 24 Jun
Price: £24.00

Stories are written into our rural and urban landscapes. Yet often they are pushed into the background, or little understood. This day of talks and discussions will look at...

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GUID CRACK: BALLAD STORIES

Fri 30 Jun
Price: £0.00

Storyteller and musician David Francis leads Guid Crack with a contemporary take on the rich vein of balladlore. Edinburgh's monthly storytelling night, currently held in the...

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FESTIVAL OF NEW ARTS

Fri 30 Jun
Price: £8.00

The Festival of New Arts will feature the early work of Scottish based artists, created during Shining From Within: a Creative MasterJourney, led by Saras Feijoo. The FNA will...

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WORKSHOP: ART OF THE STORYTELLER

Sat 1 Jul
Price: £12.00

Mary Kenny and Marion Kenny 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

Sat 1 Jul
Price: £8.00

The Art of the Storyteller series continues with Mary Kenny and Marion Kenny sharing an evening of their favourite stories. Drawing on their experiences and inspirations from...

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