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Scotland and the World explored through storytelling
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Scottish International Storytelling Festival


This year marks the 70th anniversary of Edinburgh as a Festival City, referring back to 1947 with the premiere of the Edinburgh International Festival and the subsequent Fringe Festival that developed as an alternative in the same year. Since then, Edinburgh has flourished as a site of creativity and expression, and is host to a range of festivals covering topics including jazz, science, film, art and books. The majority of these festivals are held in August, when, as you'll know if you've ever visited Edinburgh during this month, the city is transformed into a busy and buzzing hotbed of creativity and celebration. August in the capital is known as Festival time, but did you know the fun continues as winter approaches? The Scottish International Storytelling Festival takes place in October between the 20th-31st (with varying times.)

True to form, this year the Scottish International Storytelling Festival promises a thought provoking and fun filled line up in this, the 70th anniversary of Edinburgh as a Festival City. So, what can you expect? The Festival aims to portray and demonstrate how the traditional art of storytelling is as valuable in todays' society as it ever has been in a globalised world, helping connect people across cultures, geography and generations. The Festival boasts a broad programme covering a range of topics for all ages, whilst highlighting Scottish culture and bringing cultures from across the world to the capital. You can attend performances,exhibitions, workshops, talks and children's events, so there's something for everybody.

This is not only your chance to enjoy stimulating and interesting storytelling events, but with shows taking place all around the city, this is your chance to get out and explore. Head down to the Royal Botanic Garden for 'The Enchanted Garden: Storytelling amongst the Trees,' a drop-in event suitable for all ages that will offer a relaxing Sunday afternoon of stories. Or stretch your legs and go on a Walking Tour. 'From Edinburgh's Pen to the World' is your chance to discover how Edinburgh has inspired writers across the globe whilst exploring the delights of Edinburgh's Old Town.

If you're looking to shelter indoors, there are plenty of live storytelling shows happening in the Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile, as well as in venues across the city including Surgeon's Hall Museum, the Dovecot Studio, the Fig Tree Bistro, the University of Edinburgh and the National Library of Scotland. The Storytelling Festival gives you the chance to ponder important questions during its workshops and conferences such as 'Global Gathering- If Not Now, When?'. Learn something new and have some fun.

True to its theme of storytelling in an international context, you can attend a range of events that explore storytelling from all over the world, including from Orkney, Sweden, Thailand, Poland, Iran, Norway, New Zealand, India, and of course, Scotland.

The festival is accessible to all, hosting a range of events marked at a range of prices, with plenty of free events. Check out events and tickets on the website by clicking here.

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Why? Storytelling, events, culture, family fun
When: 20th-31st October
Phone: 0131 556 9579
Where: Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
Cost: Prices vary, plenty of free events
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