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Festival Weekends Are Family Affairs

The nights are getting longer, the weather is cooling down and so the Scottish International Storytelling Festival begins, as we gather round the fire and share a story or a song. Harvest season can often surprise us with beautiful sunshine and vibrant colours, what better time to spend your weekends with the family, exploring enchanted … Continued

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A Tale of Celebration – 30 Years of Growing Stories

It’s the 30th anniversary of the SISF, with 66 events in Edinburgh and 27 around Scotland, including strong collaborations with local and international organisations and a Scotland-wide Storytelling Campaign that encourages communities and individuals to engage with storytelling.  A birthday is the perfect time to reflect on the journey and achievements of the past 3 … Continued

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30th Storytelling Festival Opens in Stirling Castle Great Hall

This year’s Scottish International Storytelling Festival opens in the Great Hall of Stirling Castle with a unique blend of music, song and story on Thursday 18 October. ‘OSSIAN: The Pipes and the Story’ brings together a feast of musical talent with some of Scotland’s leading storytellers to share the great Celtic saga of Fionn Mac Cumhaill, … Continued

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Dara Vallely – Growing Stories and Connecting Communities Through Image, Word and Play

Not long until the Scottish International Storytelling Festival opens its doors for the 30th time, delivering a programme that wholeheartedly celebrates the love for stories both locally and internationally. This year’s SISF theme is ‘Growing Stories’, seeking to explore the future of storytelling in Scotland, nurturing local roots, reaching out globally, and honouring Celtic traditions … Continued

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Grassroots Storytelling in Gardens Across Scotland

Scotland’s Gardens Scheme, in association with the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, was delighted to host four garden storytelling sessions in the summer months throughout Scotland, heralding the Storytelling Festival’s theme of Growing Stories for its 30th year. Storytelling, gardens and raising money for charity, what a wonderful mixture, and there was cake! Families strolled through … Continued

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30th Storytelling Festival Now On Sale

Growing Stories – the 30th Scottish International Storytelling Festival – will open in the Great Hall of Stirling Castle on Thursday 18 October at 7.30pm, heralding a wave of events across Scotland and an intensive programme in the capital city from Friday 19 October. The 2018 Festival looks to the future of storytelling in Scotland, … Continued

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Growing Stories – Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2018 Advanced Programme

The World’s Finest Feast of Traditional Storytelling!   Celebrating 30 years of the Storytelling Festival, Growing Stories feeds the creativity of Scottish and international storytellers to unearth ancient roots and blossom new talent across Scotland. The Advanced Programme is now online, jam-packed with fantastic events, workshops, talks, story walks and suppers, with something for everyone to enjoy and discover. 20 … Continued

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Scottish Storytelling Festival: A Volunteer’s Perspective

Suzanne Spencer from Edinburgh shares her experience of volunteering at the 29th Scottish International Storytelling Festival: Open Word – Open World First of all I would like to take this time to thank the Festival for letting me be a volunteer with you. I really enjoyed myself and I learned a lot from everyone there, … Continued

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Storytelling Festival Opening Weekend

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival has begun showcasing a wealth of riches from Scotland’s traditional arts with international contexts. This weekend, the Festival hosted an opening reception for its visiting storytellers, delegates and guests and revelled in the sheer pleasure of traditional live storytelling from Edinburgh, dubbed the “Storytelling Capital of the World” by Festival … Continued

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Precious Legacies of Dearly Departed Celebrated at Storytelling Festival

The traditional festival of Samhuinn is said to be the time when the veil between the land of the living and the departed is thinnest; therefore it’s the perfect time to celebrate those no longer with us and the gifts they passed on traditionally, without the need for Halloween-esque tales of haunting, but instead of … Continued

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