When: 20th – 31st October 2017
Where: At venues across Edinburgh, Scotland (the main festival hub is at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, EH1 1SR)
£: Ticket prices vary, depending on the event. Some events are free
What is it?
The Scottish International Storytelling Festival takes place from Friday 20th to Tuesday 31st October with performances, talks and workshops celebrating a world of traditional storytelling. At this year’s festival guests can expect stories amongst the trees, immersive playrooms, Polish folktales, and fireside stories.
The opening weekend will feature Lost Tales Live, which will explore the undocumented side of our history through folk tales, urban legends, culture heroes and creatures; and The Storytelling Machine a theatrical tale where stories emerge from a mysterious machine, and the audience influence the course of events making every performance unique.
There will also be a chance to join storytellers at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh for Storytelling amongst the Trees, and gather around the Open Hearth to hear traditional stories and music as the night draws in.
The final weekend will see Indian tales with a twist in Tongue Tied & Twisted, A Cabaret of Pestilence at the Surgeon’s Hall Museums, gruesome Halloween activities with Spooky Lauriston, a chance to join the parade with Guisers Galore, and a traditional celebration of festival of Samhuinn at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.
The final day of the festival, 31st October, will a see spontaneous Marathon of Halloween Storytelling lasting 12 hours with The Devil and the Clutch of Fools.