Scottish International Storytelling Festival


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, 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. The programme for the 2022 Scottish International Storytelling Festival was anounced on 13 September and promises an eclectic mix of online events spanning across the globe and small-scale face-to-face events.

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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