Scottish International Storytelling Festival

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival, returns in October 2021 and will be centered around our changing environment and different world.

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

About Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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Imagine something different. Imagine pasts, futures, or a timeless other. Dip into dreams and desires, old and new, lost worlds and worlds still to become. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. What would a different world look like in your dreams?

Our programme for the 2021 Scottish International Storytelling Festival is now live and on sale, with an eclectic mix of online events spanning across the globe and small-scale face-to-face events in Edinburgh and across Scotland.

Including the Community and Families programme there will be 190 live performances across Scotland. These involve over 100 musicians and storytellers from Scotland, and a further 30 from Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, and the Pacific Islands.

For the first time SISF 2021 has extended an open invitation to storytellers, based or working in Scotland, to join the Festival’s creative process by submitting a proposal on the theme of ‘Imagine’.

Human connections will continue to thrive through stories, regardless of where we are in the world. Please come with us as we imagine what might be possible!

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Upcoming Events at Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Exhibition: From Her Cave

Exhibition: From Her Cave

15th October 2021 - 31st October 2021

From Her Cave by Miren Asiain Lora is an exhibition at the Scottish Storytelling Centre from 15th to 31st October as part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival.
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Global Hearth

Global Hearth

16th October 2021 - 30th October 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Scottish hosts invite international storytellers to gather round the digital hearth for relaxed sessions of stories from home and abroad. The perfect way to end (or begin) your day!
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Open Hearth

Open Hearth

17th October 2021 - 31st October 2021

The Festival’s famous Open Hearth returns to the Netherbow Theatre for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music.
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Global Lab

Global Lab

18th October 2021 - 29th October 2021

Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival
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Talking Statues Walking Tours

Talking Statues Walking Tours

20th October 2021 - 27th October 2021
Various Locations Edinburgh

Explore the stories of people from history, immortalised (in bronze), but murky in people’s memories – a fighter, surgeon, scientist, philosopher, an explorer and a politician.
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Story Tours: Heart of Midlothian

Story Tours: Heart of Midlothian

Selected dates between 21st October 2021 - 27th October 2021
Edinburgh Old Town

Join storyteller James Spence and National Library of Scotland curator Ralph McLean on a journey around the closes and wynds of Edinburgh’s Old Town.
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Wild Hillfoots Storytelling Festival

Wild Hillfoots Storytelling Festival

21st October 2021 - 28th October 2021
Various Locations Edinburgh

Hillfoots Tales welcome a host of guest storytellers for a special week of events celebrating the stories and legends of our people and landscape including:
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Guid Crack Storytelling Session

Guid Crack Storytelling Session

Selected dates between 22nd October 2021 - 31st October 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Join us online for three sessions of Edinburgh’s long-running storytelling night, with a special guest storyteller each time!
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Cottongrass

Cottongrass

28th October 2021

Harriet Grindley and Maria MacDonell, with musician Kai Dudley use words, music, image and physicality to conjure a constellation of dreams from a momentous journey of life.
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Family Day at the Botanics

Family Day at the Botanics

30th October 2021

Join the Scottish International Storytelling Festival for a day of family fun with storytellers popping up throughout the community garden in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
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John Muir and the Missionary’s Dog

John Muir and the Missionary’s Dog

30th October 2021 - 31st October 2021

Join Richard Medrington and Rick Conte from 'The Man Who Planted Trees' and storyteller Andy Cannon, on the trail of the legendary John Muir.
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