Storytelling Festival 2014 - a tale of success

The 2014 Scottish International Storytelling Festival has been hailed as the most successful yet, with visitor numbers passing 25,000.


The ten day festival, based in Edinburgh and with local events happening across Scotland, is still gathering some figures, but has already expressed delight at the high levels of attendance seen this year.

Scottish storytellers were joined by their counterparts from across Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA, in a wide programme of events under the banner Once Upon a Place.

Donald Smith, Storytelling Festival Director, said:

I am delighted with the quality of this year’s events, and the infectious enthusiasm radiating from happy audiences of all ages. Storytelling has finally and truly reclaimed its place as a great Scottish artform, and a place in the international sun.


The gathering of international flavours, and theme of our sense of place was particularly relevant, with the festival taking place in the Year of Homecoming 2014, and Caroline Packman, Homecoming Scotland Director, said:

From workshops to panel discussions, performances to special talks, this year’s Scottish International Storytelling Festival has offered something for everyone.  Homecoming Scotland was delighted to support the Festival this year by enabling the promotion to wider international audiences.
2014 has been the year that Scotland has welcomed the world and events such as the Storytelling Festival give 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.

In more good news for the Storytelling Festival, it was recently announced that Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland, the new parent body for storytelling, traditional music and dance, had been awarded £1,270,000 by Creative Scotland. This funding should secure the future and growth of the festival in the next three years.

Images: credit Solen Collet/Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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