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SISF Art Challenge: Waterlines

Love drawing? Join the first SISF online art challenge and engage with the festival community in new ways, with the chance to win a book of Scottish folktales! Everyone is encouraged to join the fun. All levels are welcome, and our challenge is open to all art illustration styles and techniques. How to get on … Continued

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SISF Reveals 2020 Programme with Tickets Now Live to Book

Set sail this autumn, as the Scottish International Storytelling Festival (SISF) takes audiences on a voyage, exploring Scotland’s coasts and water through music and storytelling. The 2020 SISF programme is revealed today, promising an eclectic mix of online events spanning across the globe and small-scale face-to-face events, celebrating Scotland ‘a nation shaped by the sea’. … Continued

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SISF 2020 – Charting new waters with CalMac Ferries

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with Caledonian MacBrayne Hebridean and Clyde Ferries. The three-year support of the festival starts with the Year of Scotland’s Coasts and Waters and continues until the 2022 festival, which will take place in the Year of Scotland’s Stories. Aligned with this year’s festival theme, In the Flow, … Continued

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In the Flow – SISF 2020 will explore Scotland’s coasts and waters through music and storytelling

We’re excited to announce that the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, which runs from 17 – 31 October 2020, will keep you ‘In the Flow’ with an eclectic mix of online events and small-scale face-to-face performances, celebrating Scotland ‘a nation shaped by water’, taking you on voyages at home and away. Stories and songs are vital … Continued

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SISF 2019: Q&A with Louise Profeit-LeBlanc

Tell us an interesting feature of traditional storytelling in your country. Indigenous storytelling is very diverse and is only in the last 20 years beginning to make a comeback with many of the younger generation discovering their own through knowing the ancient stories. How did you become a storyteller? My grandmother was a great teller, … Continued

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SISF 2019: Q&A with Mimesis Heidi Dahlsveen

Tell us an interesting feature of traditional storytelling in your country. Troll is an important part of the traditional stories told, and there are some stories all children grows up with. In Norway, we are so lucky to have the Cultural Rucksack Programme. The Cultural Rucksack programme is part of the government’s cultural policy. It … Continued

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SISF 2019: Q&A with Margaret Grenier

Tell us an interesting feature of traditional storytelling in your country. Storytelling of our oral histories has been carried through song and dance for the Indigenous people of the Northwest Coast of Canada for thousands of years. Our word for oral history translates to coming from the ice, meaning that our stories go back to … Continued

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SISF 2019: Q&A with Michael Williams

Tell us an interesting feature of traditional storytelling in your country.  Traditional storytelling in Canada consists of different strands reaching back to Indigenous storytelling traditions, European traditions, and other immigrant and local traditions. I grew up in a multi-cultural neighbourhood in Hamilton, Ontario, where the city’s steel mills attracted families from around the world. As … Continued

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SISF 2019: Q&A with Joseph A Naytowhow

Tell us an interesting feature of traditional storytelling in your country.  Traditional storytelling approaches differ across the country. There are 634 First Nations in Canada with 50 distinct languages. Joseph is Nehiyo (or in the anglicized version is ‘Cree’). On the prairies, storytelling is used as a teaching tool, and certain kinds of stories are … Continued

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SISF 2019: Q&A with Giovanna Conforto

Tell us an interesting feature of traditional storytelling in your country.  In many villages and towns now, in Italy, we have storytelling circles. Groups of people who come together to share stories, songs, anecdotes. It was a tradition, in Italy, to sit in a circle “a veglia” in the evenings, especially in the countryside, but … Continued

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