TRADFEST Edinburgh · Dún Éideann

A Feast of Culture in the Festival City


TradFest Edinburgh· Dùn Èideann is a vibrant festival that celebrates the traditional arts in Scotland. The TradFest programmes showcases music, song, dance, craft, storytelling, environmental events and folk drama in a variety of different venues and locations across Edinburgh.

TradFest revives early customs, digs deep into Edinburgh's history and celebrates Scottish culture with a contemporary edge. Taking place as the seasons start to change into summer, TradFest heralds a wave of Festivals and Fèisean across the country.

This year there were over 70 events that took place over 12 days (24 April and 6 May 2013) offering locals and visitors a feast a culture in the famous Festival City. Below is a video to give you a taster of what it was like and we've also got some comments from reviewers, audience members and participants.



Roars of laughter from the audience made up of people of all ages and cultures, and with the theatre full to capacity. – The Edinburgh Reporter on Riders on the Storm: A Creation Myth for Scotland

All in all, great fun – Rob Adams, The Herald on The Armagh Rhymers

Wish I had known about things like this 50 years ago” – TradFest Audience Member

Just wanted to say that our volunteers had a great time today meeting up with the likes of the Prestonpans Mummers and Armagh Rhymers to do the Mummers' Parade –  we're really grateful to the Storytelling Centre for creating TradFest and giving opportunities for groups and communities to get involved in ways we might otherwise not find.– Zander Bruce, Beltane Fire Festival

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TradFest is organised by the Scottish Storytelling Centre on behalf of Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS), which brings together Scotland's performance traditions under a new umbrella.