Celebrating traditional culture in all its forms with a feast of flavours, TradFest launched its programme of over 100 events in celebration of Scotland's 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology at Summerhall this morning.
Festival participants and guests were joined by Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop and Creative Scotland’s Head of Music, Alan Morrison who praised the Festival for acknowledging the rich cultural traditions of Scotland through a thriving, modern programme that looks to the future.
Attendees were also treated to performances from Gaelic singer Eilidh Cormack and The Singing Kettle’s Artie Trezise.
TradFest Edinburgh • Dùn Èideann returns from Wednesday 26 April to Sunday 7 May 2017 as Edinburgh’s only multi-arts festival dedicated to Scottish traditional folk arts, showcasing culture, live. Rooted in the past yet intrinsically connected to the present, TradFest celebrates seasonal and traditional customs with a contemporary spin, grounded in Scotland’s people and environments.
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, states:
‘In Scotland, we have the most fascinating and inspiring history and heritage on our doorsteps. With 131 events across 34 venues, TradFest will ignite Edinburgh with celebrations of May Day and Beltane, showcasing ancestry with vibrant cultural creativity. A perfect signature event for Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.
‘The traditional arts are fundamental to Scotland's cultural heritage and to our national identity. Communities are bound by the stories and music that surround them, history is kept alive and the future is shaped through festival events such as these. That is why we must ensure our traditional arts continue to flourish and shape Scotland's culture for future generations.’
Daniel Abercrombie, Festival Manager, states:
‘We are delighted that TradFest again showcases the wonderful variety of traditional arts activity that is happening across Edinburgh (and further afield) just now. TradFest is a genuine, dynamic festival experience led by the communities and cultures which celebrate traditional arts all year round. There is plenty to explore with a smorgasbord of music, storytelling, dance, crafts, talks, walks, workshops and folk film.’