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Scottish Storytelling Festival: A Volunteer’s Perspective

Suzanne Spencer from Edinburgh shares her experience of volunteering at the 29th Scottish International Storytelling Festival: Open Word – Open World First of all I would like to take this time to thank the Festival for letting me be a volunteer with you. I really enjoyed myself and I learned a lot from everyone there, … Continued

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Storytelling Festival Opening Weekend

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival has begun showcasing a wealth of riches from Scotland’s traditional arts with international contexts. This weekend, the Festival hosted an opening reception for its visiting storytellers, delegates and guests and revelled in the sheer pleasure of traditional live storytelling from Edinburgh, dubbed the “Storytelling Capital of the World” by Festival … Continued

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Precious Legacies of Dearly Departed Celebrated at Storytelling Festival

The traditional festival of Samhuinn is said to be the time when the veil between the land of the living and the departed is thinnest; therefore it’s the perfect time to celebrate those no longer with us and the gifts they passed on traditionally, without the need for Halloween-esque tales of haunting, but instead of … Continued

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Going Global: A Warm Welcome Awaits at Scotland’s Storytelling Festival

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Europe, Culture and External Affairs officially launched the 28th Scottish International Storytelling Festival this morning from The Outlook Tower of Camera Obscura, in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Edinburgh as a Festival City, cementing Scotland’s place and status as a global leader in storytelling. Ms Hyslop was joined by … Continued

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Contribute to a Marathon of Halloween Storytelling

Young, old and everyone in between are invited to share a story this Halloween, as the Scottish International Storytelling Festival hosts an inaugural and very special free event – The Devil and the Clutch of Fools: A Spontaneous Marathon of Halloween Storytelling. This marathon event brings storytellers from different nations together with local people in … Continued

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Open Word – Open World: Storytelling Festival On Sale

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival Programme is now live, featuring a feast of culture across 12 days of live storytelling, family events, talks, tours and more. Hosted by the storytellers of Scotland in the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, SISF makes an ancient artform vibrant in our human present, with invited storytellers from Thailand, … Continued

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SISF 2017 Advanced Programme

Marking the 70th anniversary of Edinburgh as a Festival City, SISF goes global and demonstrates how the traditional art of storytelling is more vital than ever in connecting people worldwide, across cultures, places and generations. Browse the Advanced Programme Here  After traversing the world over the last 10 years, storytellers from all continents have been … Continued

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What I Learned at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2016

By Matthew Tucker My first experience of listening to a professional storyteller was as a child of around seven. A woman with a quilted skirt sat with us at our school to tell stories that were delivered with more eloquence, expression and theatre than anyone before. This encounter led my imagination to create the ‘witch’ … Continued

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Storytelling Festival 2016 Feedback

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is finished for another year, and what a journey! Our Festival of Dreams showcased a smorgasbord of Scottish talent amidst stunning storytellers from South America. If you were a part of our celebrations, we would be very grateful if you could take a few moments (literally, 5 minutes we promise) … Continued

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Which tale will terrify the most at Storytelling Festival finale?

Halloween is a great time to visit Edinburgh with its rich autumn traditions and macabre associations, with Virgin Atlantic’s Blog Team stating “Auld Reekie comes to life” at this time of year, especially as the Storytelling Festival and associated Samhuinn celebrations contribute wholesomely to the offering, beyond the frights and chills of ghost tours as … Continued

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