EVENT – The Scottish International Storytelling Festival, 18-27 October 2013

An October festival in Edinburgh

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival – Once Upon a Journey

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival (SISF) takes place this year between Friday 18th and Sunday 27th October 2013.

This year journey with nomads, explorers, pilgrims and voyagers. Be transported by Travellers’ Tales that span worlds of geography, fiction and landscapes of the heart. The 2013 edition of the world’s leading storytelling festival traverses time and space celebrating the myths and legends carried through wanderlust.

The 2013 festival explores the role of wandering storytellers, minstrels, explorers and pilgrims. Often despised and persecuted, nomadic artists carried the great myths and legends of world culture throughout Scotland and internationally. Now their art has experienced a contemporary rebirth worldwide. Bring your tales and journeys to Edinburgh, the city of story, and immerse yourself in ancient traditions and modern magic.

You can download the full programme (PDF, opens in a new window).

Guest storytellers will also fan out across Scotland as part of the Festival on Tour programme, while on Friday 25 October, Tell-a-Story Day will be marked with an abundance of local events as communities across the country are encouraged to hold their own DIY storytelling events, with lots of resources downloadable from the Scottish Storytelling Centre website.

The 2013 Festival also marks the start of an international project, Seeing Stories, which will lead into the 2014 Storytelling Festival programme. The Scottish Storytelling Forum has been awarded a grant of €162,500 under the Culture Programme of the European Union. The Storytelling Festival will be the lead partner in collaboration with Germany, Italy and Portugal, aimed at the recovery of urban and rural narratives, reflecting our sense of identity through the landscape. Landscape plays a significant role in the Festival with many outdoor events, including Natural Journeys at the Royal Botanic Gardens and a day of storytellers sharing the tales of the fascinating Calton Hill monuments.


More information on the new Scottish Storytelling Centre website.

You can like the Scottish Storytelling Centre on Facebook and follow them on twitter @ScotsStoryCentre and download the full programme (PDF, opens in a new window).

Tickets for the 2013 SISF are on sale online, by phone on +44 (0)131 556 9579 you can visit the Scottish Storytelling Centre in person.

Become a Festival Supporter to receive a 20% discount on tickets, 15% discount at the Café and exclusive access to special SISF events.

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