Scottish Storytelling Centre

Scottish Storytelling Centre

About Scottish Storytelling Centre

43 - 45 High Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1SR
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The Scottish Storytelling Centre is a vibrant arts venue with a seasonal programme of live storytelling, theatre, music, exhibitions, workshops, family events, and festivals. We are the home of two festivals: TradFest, a traditional arts festival that takes place in the spring, and the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in October. We’re also a host venue for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and other exciting cultural programmes all year round.

We’re a great meeting place where you can experience Scotland’s rich story heritage. In the Storytelling Court you'll find an interactive Storywall which children (and adults!) enjoy exploring. Try to find Greyfriars Bobby; catch the frog; meet Nessie, the Gruffalo and Wee Willie Winkie; and discover traditional Scottish tales. Tucked around the corner you can listen to excerpts from Edinburgh’s most famous storyteller, Robert Louis Stevenson, and we always have a free exhibition on display.

Swap your own stories in the Café over some delicious home baking and great coffee. Browse our bookshop in the medieval luckenbooths of John Knox House and see if you can spot our dragon’s nest and time capsule hiding among the books. Attached to the Scottish Storytelling Centre is John Knox House, creating a very unique venue that incorporates contemporary design with medieval architecture. Explore this museum to learn about one of the most turbulent times in Scottish History.

The Scottish Storytelling Centre is also the Headquarters of the Scottish Storytelling Network which offers its members exclusive access to development events; discounts on our Workshops and Courses; and support and advice on professional development.

Upcoming Events at Scottish Storytelling Centre

Tradfest Opening Concert: Passing It On

Tradfest Opening Concert: Passing It On

26th April 2018
TradFest’s Opening Concert celebrates the tradition of handing down a tune, song, story or dance to the next generation through performances and social occasions.
Nations United - Daytime

Nations United - Daytime

28th April 2018
Join BE United for a day of dance, music, storytelling workshops, stalls and talks as part of Tradfest 2018!
Tradfest: Aspects of Youth

Tradfest: Aspects of Youth

28th April 2018
Join as in an exploration of contemporary and traditional song, poetry and narrative, highlighting the diverse life experiences of children and young people over time.
Family Ceilidh

Family Ceilidh

29th April 2018
Come with family and friends to dance well-known Scottish dances at the Scottish Storytelling Centre Family Ceilidh!
Soundhouse: Brighde Chaimbeul with Aidan O’Rourke

Soundhouse: Brighde Chaimbeul with Aidan O’Rourke

1st May 2018
Skye musician and piper Brighde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s fastest rising stars and you can catch her at Tradfest on 1st May along with fiddler Aidan O’Rourke (Lau).
Tradfest: Young Night Thought

Tradfest: Young Night Thought

2nd May 2018
A brand new exciting audiovisual album project from singer and song-maker Kirsty Law, with support from pedal harpist Esther Swift at the Netherbow Theatre 2nd May.
Soundhouse: Sheesham and Lotus and ’Son

Soundhouse: Sheesham and Lotus and ’Son

3rd May 2018
Sheesham and Lotus & ‘Son is one of the most popular old-time roots acts in North America. Catch them at Netherbow Theatre as part of Tradfest!
Soundhouse: Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra

Soundhouse: Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra

5th May 2018
Don't miss Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra who combine western swing, country blues and ragtime hokum - yet ultimately sound like nobody else.
Family Beltane 2018

Family Beltane 2018

6th May 2018
This delightful Beltane Fire Society tradition allows parents to share in the magic of the Beltane story with their little ones through storytelling, face painting and arts & crafts.
Chris Cook - Control

Chris Cook - Control

13th May 2018
Chris Cook returns to MagicFest with his hit show Control, named “Best Show at the Fringe 2017” by World Magic Review.
Lewis Barlow - Cards, Coins and Minds

Lewis Barlow - Cards, Coins and Minds

13th May 2018
Lewis returns to this year’s MagicFest for one afternoon only, so don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness his world-class magic in a live and intimate setting.
Magic School

Magic School

13th May 2018
Learn to perform exciting magic, make new wizard friends and become a graduate of the most mysterious school in the world – Magic School!
Billy Reid - Storyteller

Billy Reid - Storyteller

14th May 2018
MagicFest invites you to join Billy as he shares stories from his life in magic, vividly brought to life with dazzling sleight of hand magic.
Renz - Poet of the Impossible

Renz - Poet of the Impossible

15th May 2018
Scots-Italian conjurer, playwrite and poet, Renz is back at the Edinburgh International Magic Festival with his full show ‘Poet of the Impossible’ on 15th May.
Vincent Gambini - The Chore of Enchantment

Vincent Gambini - The Chore of Enchantment

16th May 2018
The world is in turmoil. Can magic provide the much-needed solace and enchantment for these difficult times? Magician Vincent Gambini is not so sure.

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