Join us on our storytelling journey this autumn from 15 - 31 October 2021

The 2021 Scottish International Storytelling Festival Programme is live with tickets on sale!

Imagine something different. Imagine pasts, futures, or a timeless other. Dip into dreams and desires, old and new, lost worlds and worlds still to become. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. What would a different world look like in your dreams?

Our programme for the 2021 Scottish International Storytelling Festival is now live and on sale, with an eclectic mix of online events spanning across the globe and small-scale face-to-face events in Edinburgh and across Scotland.

Including the Community and Families programme there will be 190 live performances across Scotland. These involve over 100 musicians and storytellers from Scotland, and a further 30 from Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, and the Pacific Islands.

For the first time SISF 2021 has extended an open invitation to storytellers, based or working in Scotland, to join the Festival’s creative process by submitting a proposal on the theme of ‘Imagine’.

Human connections will continue to thrive through stories, regardless of where we are in the world. Please come with us as we imagine what might be possible!

Follow us online @scotstoryfest #SISFImagine

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If you could honour someone with a statue or tell the unheard narrative of a monument that exists — Who would it be and what story would you tell?

Talking Statues

If you had the opportunity to tell the real story, fill an empty plinth, set the story straight, spotlight history with warts and all, put the focus on those written out of history – who would be sculpted and why? Now is your time to imagine who should be on a plinth and tell their story.

The Scottish Storytelling Forum, as part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, invites you to:

  • Research community or family history by using archives, libraries, online portals or conversation.
  • Attend a free online storytelling skills workshop | 20 Oct | 7 – 9pm
  • Join the social media discussion with #TalkingStatues | 26 Oct
  • Tell or listen to the stories at the Talking Statues event | 27 Oct | 7 – 9pm

Explore existing and imagined statues of Edinburgh through Mercat Tours fascinating walking tours, develop storytelling skills by telling the story of someone previously overlooked or forgotten and join the conversation online. Let’s start #TalkingStatues.

Get Creative: Talking Statues

Make your own personal hero

SISF Instagram Art Challenge: Making Statues

For this year’s SISF 6-day Instagram art challenge we are asking you to pick your personal heroes and to celebrate them with a statue, real or imagined. Let the camera be your chisel, the paint brush be your tool.

Fom 20 – 25 October we will dedicate a different daily art style to inspire your imagination. Everyone is encouraged to join the fun, all levels welcome. We will share some of the amazing artwork on our channel, follow us on Instagram @scotstoryfest #MakingStatues #SISFArtChallenge.

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The World’s Finest Feast of Traditional Storytelling

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is one of the most admired storytelling events in the world and the largest of its kind – both from a programming and participation perspective - encompassing a wealth of cultures, traditions and styles. A world of stories within the Festival City.

‘Drift into exotic worlds as talented storytellers from all over the globe regale you with tales of derring-do.’ (Bristol Post)


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