TradFest Dùn Èideann is a vibrant twelve-day showcase of Scotland’s thriving traditional arts. Taking place from Wednesday 26 April to Sunday 7 May, the festival spans the ancient celebrations of Beltane and May Day and includes dozens of events in the heart of the city, setting the capital abuzz with music, song, storytelling, dance, film, crafts and more.
In 2017 TradFest Dùn Èideann is a signature event in Scotland’s 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. To celebrate the year, two exciting new strands are being added to the programme – ‘Local Cultures’ and ‘The People’s Heritage’ – to connect creativity with heritage and give ownership to all Scotland’s citizens in an inclusive approach, celebrating cultural diversity.
This is the Fifth year of TradFest Dùn Èideann. From a modest pilot in 2012, it has expanded far – this year includes over 120 events – plus established itself as a unique and important part of Edinburgh’s cultural calendar. It’s not just a listing of events, but a genuine, dynamic festival experience grounded in the city’s environments, people and communities.
There is a host of local and international talent appearing on this year’s programme along with many other songsters, storytellers and dancers to enjoy and discover. From the stomping musical fusions of Dallahan, RURA, Kaela Rowan and Brina, to rising groups like Ireland’s award-winning Connla and the UK premiere performance from The Lowest Pair, gigs are guaranteed to impress and inspire.
Other events include tours (featuring the TradFest Trail), ceilidhs, talks and workshops, plus pop-up events in unexpected locations, celebrating the popular culture and heritage of Edinburgh, alongside appearances from folk royalty; Archie Fisher and Artie Trezise.
TradFest is promoted by TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland) with partners and co-curators: Scottish Storytelling Centre, Soundhouse Organisation, Edinburgh Folk Club, Beltane Fire Society, Edinburgh University Celtic and Scottish Studies, The Queen's Hall, Summerhall, Dance Base, the Scots Music Group, Edinburgh and Lothians May Day Committee and a range of artists and supporters.