Scottish International Storytelling Festival

  • 15 October 2021 - 31 October 2021
  • Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SR and Online

Enjoy the magic of storytelling, music, songs & ballads as Scottish International Storytelling Festival returns with a hybrid programme of live in-person & online events.

 Scottish International Storytelling Festival Credit Mairi Mcfadyen

(Image Credit: Scottish International Storytelling Festival - Mairi McFadyen)

Inspired by the Scottish ceilidh tradition and its sense of togetherness – a community gathering full of tales, anecdotes, music, songs and ballads – the Scottish International Storytelling Festival offers a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the extraordinary tales, music and characters that bring both our traditional and contemporary culture to life.

The theme for this year’s festival is Imagine – visitors and storytellers will be invited to look at themselves and the world around them more closely, to image something different and to imagine someone, somewhere in a different light.

The 2021 programme will be a hybrid of online events spanning across the globe and small-scale in-person events.  Whether from the comfort of your own home, an outdoor location, or from one of the festival venues, the underlying theme of human connection will continue to thrive, no matter where in the world you are viewing from.

Highlights from this year’s programme include the festival’s opening concert Roch the Wind  – a feminine meditation of Hamish Henderson’s iconic Freedom Come A’ Ye; a series of events celebrating Orkney and the poet, author and storyteller George Mackay Brown  on the 100th anniversary of his birth; and the workshop, Global Lab which brings together storytellers, artists, activists and educators from across the globe to explore sustainability, ecology and healing.

 The 2021 Festival Programme is now live with tickets on sale> 



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