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LIFT UP YOUR VOICE

Fri 27 Apr
Price: £6.00

Singing makes you feel better, so come along to explore Scots song with two skilled enthusiasts, Scott Murray and Ruth Kirkpatrick.Bring a favourite song of your own (if you...

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GUID CRACK STORYTELLING SESSION

Fri 27 Apr
Price: £0.00

You see, that's what you get!Come and hear tales about things that should have been left alone, and what happened when they were not!Edinburgh's monthly storytelling night...

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THE BERNICIA SUITE: THE REAL PRICE OF FISH

Fri 27 Apr
Price: £12.00

The personal story of Cellardyke skipper Daniel Henderson and the fishing tragedy which struck numerous coastal communities in 1900. Richard Wemyss leads the audience through...

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NATIONS UNITED - DAYTIME

Sat 28 Apr
Price: £0.00

A Cultural Journey in the Heart of Edinburgh.A celebration of Scotland, South Africa, India and Brazil in the heart of Edinburgh. Join BE United for a day of dance, music,...

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NATIONS UNITED: BOLLYX – BOLLYWOOD WORKOUT

Sat 28 Apr
Price: £0.00

BollyX is a Bollywood-inspired dance workout programme! Join Savita Sampath Kumar for a dance workout session to feel your muscles burn whilst you enjoy the beats of...

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NATIONS UNITED: TRINITY HOUSE EXPERIENCE

Sat 28 Apr
Price: £0.00

Set sail on a voyage of discovery with the Trinity House Maritime Museum Junior Tour Guides from Leith Primary School. The guides will present some information, images and...

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NATIONS UNITED: BECOME AN UNSTOPPABLE FORCE FOR GOOD IN THIS WORLD

Sat 28 Apr
Price: £0.00

Ferial Puren presents an inspiring talk that will help you engage more deeply with your own story. Through her story, Ferial will show you how to use your journey, the good, the...

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NATIONS UNITED: INTRODUCTION TO CAPOEIRA ANGOLA

Sat 28 Apr
Price: £0.00

Sandy Harris leads a quick taster on some of the fundamental movements and expressions from this playful game, with some rhythmic dance, exploring assertion and evasion using...

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INSIDE MARIOTTA’S HOUSE

Sat 28 & Sun 29 Apr, Sat 5 & Sun 6 May
Price: £5.00

We know it as John Knox House, but who did the property really belong to?Join Mariota Arres, the true owner of the house, to hear the story of a wealthy burgess in 16th century...

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NATIONS UNITED: ESSENTIALLY HER

Sat 28 Apr
Price: £0.00

Esther Goliath has had a love for poetry since 2017, when she came across the poem 'Hey Black Child', by Useni Eugene Perkins. In 2017 she was given an opportunity to...

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NATIONS UNITED: DANCE YOUR BUTTS OFF

Sat 28 Apr
Price: £0.00

Ferial Puren is a Salsa/Bachata/Kizomba dancer who was born and raised on the Cape Flats, Cape Town, South Africa, where her love for dance was nurtured. Come and learn how to...

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NATIONS UNITED: AFOXÉ!: THE DRUM FROM THE "TERREIRO" TO THE STREET

Sat 28 Apr
Price: £0.00

The Afoxé is an Afro-Brazilian music genre, present in the Carnival, whose origin is in the Afro-Bahian religion (Candomblé). Learn to play the rhythm pattern of the Afoxé (the...

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ASPECTS OF YOUTH

Sat 28 Apr
Price: £10.00

Led by musical director Corrina Hewat and featuring traditional singer Scott Gardiner, Sangstream folk choir observes Scotland’s Year of Young People.Join them in an exploration...

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JOURNEYS: THE WOMEN WHO MADE THE MOUNTAINS SING

Sat 28 Apr
Price: £10.00

A unique, bilingual storytelling creation between Finnish Rune singer and storyteller, Anna-Maria Toivonen and Highland Perthshire storyteller, Claire Hewitt.Join them as they...

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PERTHSHIRE FOLK TALES: BOOK LAUNCH

Sun 29 Apr
Price: £0.00

Bringing a piece of Perthshire to Edinburgh, co-authors Lindsey Gibb & C.A. Hope launch their 'Perthshire Folktales' book, the latest in the folktales series from History...

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FAMILY CEILIDH

Sun 29 Apr
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.A...

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GIANTS

Sun 29 Apr
Price: £10.00

Two giant storytellers tell the tales of the gargantuan race of beings who once populated the earth.Mapping their rise and demise through myth and folktale, Alice Fernbank and...

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MARY RUSHIECOATS AND THE WEE BLACK BULL

Mon 30 Apr
Price: £8.00

A circle dance-story celebrating the full moon of Beltane and the cosmic bull, an ancient rite of passage to summer.Featuring traditional ballads from Scotland, moon stories...

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A FLAME OF WRATH FOR SQUINTING PATRICK

Mon 30 Apr
Price: £12.00

Fresh as today’s headlines, a contemporary story of murder, treachery and revenge based on a tale from the annals of Highland clan history.Musicians Calum MacCrimmon, John...

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CAFÉ CEILIDH

Tue 1 May
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 are...

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SCOTLAND'S NATIONAL MUSIC: HAMISH HENDERSON: NEW VOICE ON THE...

Tue 1 May
Price: £5.00

Fred Freeman shares his knowledge on the renowned father of the Scottish Folk revival, highlighting his contributions as song maker and poet, birthing a new wave in the carrying...

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BRIGHDE CHAIMBEUL ft. AIDAN O’ROURKE

Tue 1 May
Price: £12.00

Winner of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, and 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Up and Coming’ nominee, Skye musician and piper Brighde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s fastest...

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STREET PERFOMANCE FOR MAYDAY: MUSICIANS AND MUMMERS

Wed 25 Apr & 2 May
Price: £0.00

Wanted! Performers on all instruments suited for street parties - Brass, Reeds, Pipes (A, D, C), Accordions, Shawms, Drums, Percussion - and people who like costuming, dancing...

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YOUNG NIGHT THOUGHT

Wed 2 May
Price: £12.00

Named after a small Robert Louis Stevenson poem, 'Young Night Thought' is a new album of original contemporary folk from Kirsty Law.These songs have come about through a...

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SCOTLAND'S NATIONAL MUSIC: THE SONGS OF ROBERT TANNAHILL

Thu 3 May
Price: £5.00

Paisley’s Robert Tannahill continues to be celebrated as one of Scotland’s finest songmakers. With his beautifully delicate pastoral songs and an empathy for minority...

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COLLABORATE AND LISTEN: A NEW CONVERSATION

Thu 3 May
Price: £0.00

A chance to hear about the collaborative storytelling residency and performance Where I Stand: A New Conversation, followed by an open forum, Q&A and networking opportunity,...

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SHEESHAM AND LOTUS & 'SON

Thu 3 May
Price: £12.00

One of the most popular old-time roots acts in North America. Noted for their highly original presentation, the band have created a sonic and visual language that is very much...

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THE RYMOURS

Fri 4 May
Price: £8.00

The Rymour Club was formed in 1903 in tribute to the poetic inspiration of Scottish Song and Folklore. Regional songs and children’s lore abound in this celebration of the...

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WHERE I STAND: A NEW CONVERSATION

Fri 4 May
Price: £10.00

The result of a collaboration forged at a residency in Mumbai in March 2018 which brings together two young artists from Scotland and two from India, ...

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SCOTS MUSIC GROUP SONGBOOK LAUNCH

Sat 5 May
Price: £6.00

All are welcome to Scots Music Group sing-a-long event, singing favourite Scots songs in chorus to celebrate SMG’s launch of a brand-new songbook, ‘50 Mair Favourite Traditional...

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KIN: FORTUNE, FEUDS AND THE FAMILY TREE

Sat 5 May
Price: £10.00

Fierce loyalty, camaraderie and inherited blessings flirt with devilish deeds, treachery and dark ancestral secrets in this intimate exploration of those we cannot choose – our...

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ROB HERON & THE TEA PAD ORCHESTRA

Sat 5 May
Price: £12.00

Forget lazy pastiche; this collective live and breathe their own North-Eastern style, combining western swing, country blues and ragtime hokum.What began as four friends...

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FAMILY BELTANE 2018

Sun 6 May
Price: £3.00

This delightful Beltane Fire Society tradition allows parents to share in the magic of the Beltane story with their little ones through storytelling, face painting and arts &...

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ROBIN HOOD: RIOT, RANT & REBELLION!

Sun 6 May
Price: £10.00

WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE!An evening of anarchic tales from around the world, celebrating Robin Hood’s role in Scotland’s May Day traditions.Join our merry band of storytellers Jan...

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ARTIE'S TARTAN TALES

Mon 7 May
Price: £8.00

Artie Trezise returns to TradFest with a brand new show, featuring songs from 'The Singing Kettle' days and fresh adaptations of traditional stories.All the songs have a chorus...

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EDINBAL DANCE WORKSHOPS: A DANCE TOUR OF EUROPE

Wed 25 Apr, 9, 23 May, 6, 20 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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HALLAIG: THE POETRY AND LANDSCAPE OF SORLEY MACLEAN

Fri 11 May
Price: £8.00

Timothy Neat returns to the Folk Film Gathering to present his powerful, award-winning documentary 'Hallaig', exploring the life and work of the celebrated Gaelic poet Sorley...

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SONGS ON THE TIMES: WINDBORNE POLYPHONIC SINGING

Sat 12 May
Price: £24.00

New England's Quartet will blow you away. Windborne shifts genres, slipping from English folk to Corsican improvised couplets and 3rd century Georgian hymns to old time tunes...

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STARTING WITH STORIES 1

Sat 12 May
Price: £24.00

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

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WINDBORNE

Sat 12 May
Price: £10.00

An internationally acclaimed group of vocal chameleons who specialise in close harmony singing, shifting effortlessly between drastically different styles of traditional music...

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MAGIC SCHOOL

Sun 13 May (Sold Out)
Price: £20.00

A unique opportunity to learn to perform exciting magic, make new wizard friends and become a graduate of the most mysterious school in the world - Magic School.Our Headmaster...

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Lewis Barlow "Cards, Coins & Minds"

Sun 13 May
Price: £12.00

In his breathtaking and original show, this internationally acclaimed magician will take you on a journey towards the essence of the accomplished conjurer, demonstrating a range...

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Chris Cook "Control"

Sun 13 May
Price: £12.00

Chris thought he was in control of his life. Then, on New Year’s Day, he crashed his car at 80mph. In that moment, it seemed like the space between life and death was decided by...

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MIND WELL

Mon 2 Apr, 14 May, 4 Jun
Price: £0.00

A relaxed, social session of stories, songs, memories and laughter in the Storytelling Court with some of our loveliest storytellers. Come to join in, or just to listen,...

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Billy Reid "Storyteller"

Mon 14 May
Price: £12.00

Billy Reid is one of the UK’s most devilishly brilliant close-up magicians. An expert sleight-of-hand artist and three times finalist at the Magic Circle’s Close-up Magician of...

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TINY TALES: MAGICAL MORNING

Tue 15 May
Price: £5.00

Tiptoe and stomp with 'Nip Nebs' author Susi Briggs as she takes you on an enchanted trail through the world of pixies and giants.Sway and play with her puppet friends Betsy...

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Renz "Poet of the Impossible"

Tue 15 May
Price: £12.00

Scots-Italian conjurer and writer, Renz, has taken his beautifully crafted weaving of magic and poetry to international arts festivals in Brighton, Carlisle and Edinburgh.The...

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Vincent Gambini "The Chore of Enchantment"

Wed 16 May
Price: £12.00

The world is in turmoil. Can magic provide the much-needed solace and enchantment for these difficult times? Magician Vincent Gambini is not so sure. Disillusioned with...

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CAFÉ VOICES: STORY & THE SONG

Thu 17 May
Price: £5.00

Lilian Ross performs a selection of original songs inspired by stories from Scotland's history, traversing love and loss, murder, rebellion and displacement.From The Rebel Tree,...

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ANIMALS

Sat 19 May
Price: £8.00

Created by Greg Sinclair, a co-production with Perth Theatre.ANIMALS is a show about… animals. Big ones, little ones, wild ones, tame ones. It’s also a show about us, and our...

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REAL TALK: STORYTELLING FOR WELLBEING

Fri 18 May
Price: £6.00

An evening of storytelling, connection and honesty, creating a safe space to speak about one of our most beautiful assets, our minds!Attendees are offered an opportunity to gain...

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STARTING WITH STORIES 2

Sat 19 May
Price: £24.00

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

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THOUGH THIS BE MADNESS

Sat 19 May
Price: £10.00

How can we nurture our collective sanity? Bouncing on a Pilates ball in the Land of Lounge Room, a recovering mum and love-struck, sleep-deprived teat is desperate to soothe her...

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ARANDORA STAR

Tue 22 - Sat 26 May
Price: £12.00

A vibrant, evocative full-length drama about the controversial sinking of the SS Arandora Star on July 2nd, 1940, in which some 700 'enemy aliens', many of them Scottish...

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DEAR OLIVIA

Wed 23 May
Price: £0.00

with Cav. Mary ContiniAfter her highly successful Dear Francesca, Mary Contini writes to her other daughter, Olivia, to tell the story of her great-grandparents, the Italian...

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TRANSFORMED IN TRANSLATION

Thu 24 May
Price: £0.00

Comedy and satire come to the fore as we celebrate the sonnets of Roma’s Giuseppe Belli in their original Romanesco; and as owersett into Scots by Auld Reekie’s Robert Garioch...

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A SCOTTISH RISORGIMENTO

Fri 25 May
Price: £0.00

Renowned translator and commentator, Professor Joespeh Farrell (University of Strathclyde) explores the rich contribution made by Italian-Scots to Scotland's twentieth...

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GUID CRACK STORYTELLING SESSION

Fri 25 May
Price: £0.00

Strongminded tales of those who didn't take no for an answer, who believed and loved so much to risk everything for their ideal.Edinburgh's monthly storytelling night returns to...

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EXHIBITION: STORIE DI TERRA

Sat 7 Apr - Sat 26 May
Price: £0.00

Terra is soil as well as place. In this playful visual ceilidh between Scottish fairytales and Sardinian contos, illustrator Annalisa Salis presents a series of ink drawings...

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HOSTING AN EVENT: PRESENCE, PARTICIPATION & PERFORMANCE

Sat 26 May
Price: £24.00

Creative events and social gatherings, not least in traditional arts, need skilful compering.The host crafts the atmosphere and flow that will make the evening sing with pizazz...

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CROSSING IDENTITIES

Sat 26 May
Price: £0.00

Author of Language of My Choosing, poet and life writer, Anne Pia, explores gender, identity and language in the context of Scots-Italian families and the wider community.

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THOUGH THIS BE MADNESS:BABES-IN-ARMS SHARING

Tue 29 May
Price: £0.00

Content from Though This Be Madness will be shared in a daytime performance in the Storytelling Court, specifically for parents with babes in arms.How can we nurture our...

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RECONSTRUCTED: BOB DYLAN

Tue 29 May
Price: £12.00

A new series where performers interpret the material of great songwriters.Not a tribute act, but a loving celebration of wonderful songs.Beginning with one of the greatest of...

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AN IOLAIRE

Wed 30 May
Price: £6.00

Pupils from Bun sgoil Taobh na Pàirce and James Gillespie’s High School perform William Hershaw's play about about the tragic sinking off the coast of Stornoway on New Year's...

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SHAPESHIFTERS: ON MEDICINE & HUMAN CHANGE

Fri 1 - Sat 30 Jun
Price: £0.00

To be alive is to be in perpetual change: growing, healing, learning, aging.For this exhibition, award-winning writer and doctor Gavin Francis will consider in words and iconic...

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MUSIC WITH THE SPOKEN WORD

Sat 2 Jun
Price: £15.00

A workshop for storytellers, musicians and singers who want to interweave music and the spoken word in performance. Experienced harper and storyteller, Heather Yule takes you...

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MEN WITH COCONUTS & FRIENDS

Sat 2 & 30 Jun
Price: £12.00

The award-winning musical improv comedy troupe are joined by new and established improvisers and sketch comedians as they present two hours of off-the-cuff scenes and original...

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BEATAIDH, BOB, AGUS AM MADADH ALLAIDH / BETTY, BOB & THE WOLF

Thu 7 Jun
Price: £5.00

James Gillespie’s High School S1s perform an adaptation of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. This play, performed in Gaelic, encourages audience participation of all their favourite...

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DAVNO: RITES OF SUMMER

Sat 9 Jun
Price: £10.00

Inspired by ancient Slavic celebrations and based on traditional songs from Eastern Europe, Rites of Summer is about passage and human relationship with nature.At midsummer,...

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TINY TALES: THIS LITTLE PIG WENT TO MARKET

Tue 12 Jun
Price: £5.00

Stories for fingers and stories for toes! Tales that tickle and land on your nose! Come along and enjoy some old favourites and some new. Lots of joining-in, props and toys to...

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CAFÉ VOICES: WOLVES & WITCHES

Thu 14 Jun
Price: £5.00

A night uncovering our favourite folk and faery scoundrels. They are vilified, feared, and hunted, but do wolves and witches deserve such a wretched reputation? Join Dougie...

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ART OF THE STORYTELLER: IF THE STORY FITS…

Sat 16 Jun
Price: £24.00

Jean Edmiston leads a workshop about choosing stories and identity to work creatively with in times of change.Which stories do you tell, and where do you find them? Are the...

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WHAT I KNOW (ABOUT WHAT MY GRANDFATHER DIDN'T KNOW)

Sat 16 Jun
Price: £10.00

Can you kill an idea? Breaking the silence built around the patriarch of her family, Sònia Gardés starts a journey inside the anarchist movement of the Spanish Civil War. Diving...

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CAFÉ CEILIDH: SUMMER STRAMASH

Tue 19 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 welcome...

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THE WITCH GAME

Fri 22 – Sat 23 Jun
Price: £8.50

Written by Natalie MacKinnonDirected by Ellen ShandLucy is used to feeling alone. She's got hardly any friends. Even her big sister ignores her. But Lucy has made some new...

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EMILY & THE HOWLERS' HOLLOW

Fri 22 – Sat 23 Jun
Price: £8.50

Written by Sam SiggsDirected by Adam RosaIn the woods outside the nowhere town of Midvale stands an abandoned house with scorched rooms and boarded windows. Long ago something...

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GROWING & DEVELOPING WITH STORIES: NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY

Sat 23 Jun
Price: £24.00

The annual Scottish Storytelling Forum Development Day will focus on the role of storytelling within education and youth development.The magic of stories and storytelling have...

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ESCAPE FROM TROGLODOPOLIS

Sat 23 Jun & Sun 24 Jun
Price: £8.50

Written by Tim PrimroseDirected by Catherine Ward-StoddartColossal CAVERNS! Dastardly DUNGEONS!! Terrible TROGLODYTES!!! Giant MUTANT spiders!!!! Also, some HUMMUS!!!!! Can our...

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RECONSTRUCTED: CAT STEVENS

Tue 26 Jun
Price: £12.00

The second in our 'Reconstructed' series celebrates the work of Yusaf Islam, commonly known by his former stage-name, Cat Stevens. Father and Son, How Can I Tell You, The Wind...

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DOWALLY – ‘SOMEWHERE’ ALBUM LAUNCH

Thu 28 Jun
Price: £10.00

Dowally’s brand new album Somewhere tells a tale of music from wild, rolling places. Tonight sees the album being officially launched and audience members can anticipate an...

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GUID CRACK STORYTELLING SESSION

Fri 29 Jun
Price: £0.00

The role of the storyteller in the culture of Chuck Warren's ancestors in the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians was an important one. The storyteller was a wanderer, they...

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