Scottish International Storytelling Festival
29 June 2011
October ~ Sunday 30th October 2011
Scottish Storytelling Centre,
43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR
The ideal place to discover Scotland's treasure-trove of stories
in a lively celebration of storytelling performances exploring the
links between Scotland's rich storytelling heritage and other
This year the Festival is all about exploring and pursuing the
Island experience through story, myth, music, song and dance. Greek
and Roman myths mix with sagas of the Celts in a ten day festival
of unrivalled opportunity to enjoy the traditions of Scotland's
Islands alongside Mediterranean tale-spinners and musicians from
Corsica, Sardinia, Malta, Greece and Cyprus.
Envelope yourself in the warm, inviting atmosphere of the Festival,
embrace the tales of Olympic proportions, enjoy the intricate
footwork of talented dancers, including traditional Greek dance,
and bask in the music of the world, from traditional Scottish folk
melodies through to Jazz from Sardinia.
The Festival unites the Scottish Isles with the shores and islands
of the Mediterranean in an exchange and discovery of cultures and
traditions, tracing the story of travel through the famous voyager
Odysseus, whose epic expedition is revealed and
explored throughout the ten day festival, while old routes are
reconnected in the Year of Scotland's Islands with
'Island Nights' evenings offering up the best of
The visiting European tellers will join with the best of Scotland's
artists' right at the heart of Scotland's Festival City in 10 days
of outstanding performance storytelling, as well as embarking on
journeys to Shetland, Skye, Bute & Arran, Orkney, the
Inner Hebrides and the Outer Hebrides.
Festival events host authentic voices from home and abroad at the
heart of Scotland in free 'Meet the Storyteller' sessions.
Storytelling performance events are complemented by musical
interludes, international dance acts, creative talks and
discussions, informal story sharing, film screenings, participative
workshops, and an international networking day for storytellers and
network members. For the full Festival experience, you should
travel onto Scotland's Islands to continue the journey.
The box office opens on the 5th September, so to
book tickets, please phone the following number after this
date: 0131 556 9579.
To keep up with the event, check out their main website and
Scotland’s Islands - the events, exhibitions and activities happening all year round.
We list every event we hear of, large and small, taking place on
the islands of Scotland or taking place elsewhere and relating to
Scotland's Islands. They provide a unique opportunity to savour the
diversity and excitement of island life. Check our our facebook
page for general updates too - http://www.facebook.com/ScotlandsIslands.
There has never been a better time for you to visit Scotland's
Islands, to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and unspoilt beaches, to
get close to dramatic wild-life, learn about our heritage,
participate in a great range of activities, and enjoy our music,
food and drink.
All this on some of our 99 inhabited islands large and small (and
many more uninhabited) accessible by sea and air in six regions:
Argyll & Bute, Highland, North Ayrshire, Orkney, Outer Hebrides
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