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2013 Programme

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.

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About the Festival

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival (SISF) is a 10 day celebration of live storytelling, oral traditions and cultural diversity, bringing together a large number of Scottish and international storytellers and musicians.

The Festival takes place in and around Edinburgh. The main venue is the Netherbow Theatre at the Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile, the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. Partner venues include the National Museum of Scotland, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, the National Library of Scotland and many other cultural organisations in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Scotland.

The programme is structured in a pattern of different events including evening storytelling events for adults, family and children events, partner venues events, workshops, talks & lectures, exhibitions, networking and professional development events and the national event Tell-a-Story Day. The programme also includes ‘Festival on Tour’, bringing stories and storytellers to Scottish regions and islands.

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is inspired by the Scottish ceilidh tradition and its sense of togetherness, a community gathering full of tales, anecdotes, music, songs and ballads.

Storytelling is not a form of theatre. Audiences expect to be put in a relaxed frame of mind and to enjoy a blend of story and music. The imagination of the audience members is central to the performance and is what creates the true storytelling experience.

Although each event has a structure, there will always be an informal and improvised element to the performance, which is the beauty of live storytelling events.

Read the 2012 blog to get a flavour of the festival.

Become a Festival Supporter

Register now as Festival Supporter to enjoy an array of fantastic benefits for only £20:
> 20% discount on all SISF events at the Scottish Storytelling Centre
> Exclusive access to SISF welcome and networking events
> 15% discount at the Storytelling Café during the festival
> A SISF welcome pack

Become a Festival Supporter by calling 0131 556 9579 or online (you must have an account to register online. Please sign in or register for an account).

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