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The Pomegranates Festival

Scotland’s springtime festival of Scottish and international traditional dance returns for its third anniversary.

Dancers performing at the Pomegranate festival
25th April 2024 - 30th April 2024
Various locations across Edinburgh

Taking place at the Scottish Storytelling Centre and various venues across Edinburgh, The Pomegranates Festival celebrates traditional dance from Scotland and around the world.

Running from 25 to 30 April 2024 the festival includes ceilidhs, workshops (both in person and live streamed), tours and talks.

This year’s festival’s choreographer in residence is MC, dancer, spoken word artist and director Jonzi D who is widely recognised for his influence on the development of the UK British hip hop dance and theatre scene. He will be working with 20 Edinburgh-based traditional dancers who will perform alongside him on 29 April 2024 and showcase their work as part of the festival’s International Dance Day celebrations.

The festival will also include two new exhibitions. Dance Around the World at Edinburgh’s Central Library (03 to 30 April 2024) will display traditional dance books and artefacts from Scotland and beyond, accompanied by hands-on workshops. Vengefully Changed Allegiance (23 to 30 April 2024) will look at the role of tartan in traditional dance.

For the first time the festival will run a Family Day featuring a ceilidh and a matinee showcase by traditional dance artists who are in residence at local primary schools, and Bulgarian and Ukrainian language schools in the city. 

All festival events are presented on a ‘pay what you can‘ basis, while the exhibitions and the related hands-on traditional craft activities at Edinburgh’s Central Library are free.

Further details and the festival’s full programme are available on The Pomegranates Festival.

Dancers performing at the Pomegranates Festival

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