Scottish International Storytelling Festival


The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is a 12-day celebration of live storytelling, oral traditions and cultural diversity, bringing together a large number of Scottish and international storytellers and musicians.

Inspired by the Scottish ceilidh tradition and its sense of togetherness, this is a community gathering full of tales, anecdotes, music, songs and ballads.

What makes it special?

  • From storytelling performances to special talks, workshops to panel discussions, and an engaging family strand of storytelling activities, there’s something here for all Festival-goers to get involved with. 
  • Although each event has a structure, there will always be an informal and improvised element to the performance, as the magic of live storytelling is the immediate connection between teller and listener.
  • 2015 showcased the biggest feast of storytelling yet, with over 26,000 audience members enjoying 115 performers across 75 events, alongside community events encouraging everyone to tell their own tales.
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