Storytelling Festival celebrates record 2015 audiences

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival has released details of its latest successful year, with record-breaking numbers attending the country’s largest celebration of the spoken word.


In total, 26,000 people attended, enjoying 48 storytelling events in a range of venues as diverse as theatres, zoos, gardens and canal boats. A further 26 events took place across the country as Festival on Tour events brought the Festival to communities around Scotland.

Watch the Festival's 2015 video here:

Donald Smith, Director of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, said:

This has been a fantastic year for the Storytelling Festival, which gave both visitors and locals a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the extraordinary stories, music and characters that bring both our contemporary and traditional culture to life.

115 performers took part in the 2015 edition of the Festival, with a strong representation from North African and Middle Eastern countries including Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Cyprus and Israel/Palestine. They joined Scottish storytellers from up and down the land, with participants from as far afield as Dumfries and Orkney.

The Festival's theme for 2015 was Stories without Borders, exploring geographical, political and cultural divides between individuals, and considering how human nature can sometimes bridge those gaps.

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival will return from 21-30 October 2016 with the theme, Festival of Dreams.

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