A celebration of stories, narration and the historic art of storytelling is back in Edinburgh in 2016. The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is a 10-day extravaganza which brings live storytelling, oral traditions and artists from around the world. The Festival is organised for 21st to 31st October and brings together international orators, expressive storytellers and musicians.
The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is inspired by the traditional Scottish ceilidh and brings a sense of togetherness to the country. It is a chance to appreciate and enjoy the art of storytelling and embrace it as something for people of all ages, not just children. The storytelling that makes up the festival will incorporate tales, anecdotes, songs, ballads and live music.
The 2016 Scottish International Storytelling Festival is based around the theme: Festival of Dreams. It has been curated to explore the human ability to dream and to use this dream as a way of shaping and changing our existence. This again is linked back to storytelling and how a good story can take you to another time and space.
The full programme for the festival is shared on its official website and this festival incorporates local schools and communities, as well as professional storytellers and musicians. The magic of live storytelling is something that many people haven’t experienced so this festival is something everyone who can visit Edinburgh and get involved with, should.
Building on 2015’s Storytelling festival of dreams Legacy
In 2015 The Scottish International Storytelling Festival celebrated its biggest year to date and they are aiming for even more from 2016. There were over 26,000 audience members involved in the 2015 event and 115 performers were involved in over 75 individual live events. Community events were also popular, encouraging people to tell their own tales and get involved with the festival atmosphere.
The event takes place at venues across the city and brings to life the stories of Scotland but also those from around the world. Get involved by checking out the website: daretodream.scot #DaretoDream
The Scottish Storytelling Centre is at the heart of the festival and it is a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year and on any visit to the city.