Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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Great stories well told can evoke indelible images in the mind of the listener, offering visitors and locals a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the extraordinary tales, music and characters that bring both our contemporary and traditional culture to life. The Scottish International Storytelling Festival brings together a large number of Scottish and international storytellers and musicians.

The Festival takes place in October each year [details of 2021 programme to be announced on 21st September], as the seasons change with long nights drawing families and friends around the hearth, inspired by the Scottish ceilidh tradition and its sense of togetherness – a community gathering full of tales, anecdotes, music, songs and ballads. 

What makes it special?

  • The festival launched in 1989 and continues to evolve, engaging people in the magic of storytelling from its home in the Scottish Storytelling Centre - the only purpose built home for storytelling in the UK
  • From storytelling performances to panel discussions, and a lively family strand of storytelling activities around Halloween, there’s something here for all Festival-goers to get involved with
  • Storytelling is not a form of theatre – of course its entertainment, but it’s not a passive art form: the audience are part of the performance
  • With the art of storytelling no one performance is the same, with each storyteller using improvisation to help bridge the connection between teller and listener
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