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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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Going Global: A Warm Welcome Awaits at Scotland’s Storytelling Festival

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Europe, Culture and External Affairs officially launched the 28th Scottish International Storytelling Festival this morning from The Outlook Tower of Camera Obscura, in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Edinburgh as a Festival City, cementing Scotland’s place and status as a global leader in storytelling. Ms Hyslop was joined by … Continued

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Contribute to a Marathon of Halloween Storytelling

Young, old and everyone in between are invited to share a story this Halloween, as the Scottish International Storytelling Festival hosts an inaugural and very special free event – The Devil and the Clutch of Fools: A Spontaneous Marathon of Halloween Storytelling. This marathon event brings storytellers from different nations together with local people in … Continued

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Open Word – Open World: Storytelling Festival On Sale

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival Programme is now live, featuring a feast of culture across 12 days of live storytelling, family events, talks, tours and more. Hosted by the storytellers of Scotland in the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, SISF makes an ancient artform vibrant in our human present, with invited storytellers from Thailand, … Continued

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SISF 2017 Advanced Programme

Picture Above: Guest Collective for 2017: The 3Troubadours Marking the 70th anniversary of Edinburgh as a Festival City, SISF goes global and demonstrates how the traditional art of storytelling is more vital than ever in connecting people worldwide, across cultures, places and generations. After traversing the world over the last 10 years, storytellers from all continents … Continued

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What I Learned at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2016

By Matthew Tucker (Image above: Tongue Tied and Twisted at SISF 2017 ft. Peter Chand and PKCtheFirst) My first experience of listening to a professional storyteller was as a child of around seven. A woman with a quilted skirt sat with us at our school to tell stories that were delivered with more eloquence, expression and … Continued

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Which tale will terrify the most at Storytelling Festival finale?

Halloween is a great time to visit Edinburgh with its rich autumn traditions and macabre associations, with Virgin Atlantic’s Blog Team stating “Auld Reekie comes to life” at this time of year, especially as the Storytelling Festival and associated Samhuinn celebrations contribute wholesomely to the offering, beyond the frights and chills of ghost tours as … Continued

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Mercat Tours Showcase Edinburgh: City of Dreams & Nightmares

An exclusive tour created by five-star award winners Mercat Tours, in celebration of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, showcases Edinburgh city as a tale of two halves. Festival audiences will have four opportunities to enjoy a bespoke walking tour, designed by the renowned Mercat Tours, who it’s fair to say know their stuff as they’ve … Continued

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Celebrate Halloween at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival

As Halloween looms closer and the nights grow shorter, the Scottish International Storytelling Festival will this year again host a range of fantastic events for kids, adults and families – with plenty of opportunity to join in with traditional activities and fun! The spook-themed frivolities kick off at the Circus Café with Guid Crack at … Continued

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