Scottish Storytelling Centre

The Scottish Storytelling Centre is a vibrant arts venue with a seasonal programme of live storytelling and theatre, music, workshops and festivals.

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 centrally located on Edinburgh’s High Street celebrating the live art of storytelling for all ages and interests. The Centre hosts a year-round programme of storytelling, music, theatre, dance and more, with plenty to offer locals and visitors alike. An ever-changing roster of workshops and exhibitions beg repeat visits throughout the year, as does the bustling Haggis Box Café, situated within the Centre’s welcoming Storytelling Court.

Each October the Storytelling Centre is the hub for the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, internationally recognised as a leader in its field and one of the 11 Edinburgh Festivals. It also curates a vibrant programme for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe each August. The Centre also manages the adjacent John Knox House Museum which dates back to 1470, making it one of the oldest original medieval buildings still standing on the Royal Mile. The house is now set up as a museum where visitors can learn about the house itself and some of the residents, including the turbulent times of John Knox and Mary Queen of Scots during the Reformation.

The Scottish Storytelling Centre is a great meeting place, where a warm welcome is extended to families and visitors, and where creative minds can explore cultures and traditions (old and new) in Scotland today.

Upcoming Events at Scottish Storytelling Centre

Loud Poets

Selected dates between 8th December 2023

Don’t miss the next fantastic show from Scotland’s best spoken word night with Ria Bronte, Leyla Josephine, William Letford & Deanna Rodger!


Exhibition: Soul Nature by Reyhaneh Mozaffar

8th December 2023 - 14th January 2024

Soul Nature is an exhibition by artist Reyhaneh Mozaffar showing at the Scottish Storytelling Centre from 8th December!


Macastory’s Hansel and Gretel

9th December 2023 - 10th December 2023

Join Ron, Ferg and Claire as they take you on a great big Christmas cracker of an adventure at the Scottish Storytelling Centre this December!


Novel Ideas Showcase

10th December 2023

Come along to the Scottish Storytelling Centre and listen to novel writing students, on Janis Mackay's one year novel writing course, share an excerpt from their work in progress.


Edinburgh Writers’ Forum - December Meeting

12th December 2023

Edinburgh Writers' Forum are delighted to welcome the partnership Ambrose Parry as their guests for the December meeting. What a perfect way to end the year!


The World’s Room with Janet Weatherston

15th December 2023

The World's Room is a home for traditional singing in Edinburgh, organised by the Traditional Music Forum in the Canons' Gait Bar and our December's guest is Janet Weatherston.



15th December 2023 - 16th December 2023

A gothic sci-fi quest of Christmassy proportions, performed by the Strange Town comes to the Scottish Storytelling Centre on 15th & 16th December!


Last Christmas

15th December 2023 - 16th December 2023

Enjoy a Sci-Fi Christmas farce with a heart for home, performed by Strange Town at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on 15th & 16th December!


Billi & the Polar Bear

16th December 2023 - 17th December 2023

Strange Town present 'Billi & the Polar Bear' a light-hearted Christmas comedy-caper across the frozen wilderness for ages 8+.


Gary James: Wonderland

27th December 2023

Enjoy a fast-paced family-friendly show with jaw-dropping magic inspired by wide-eyed childhood memories and a career in entertainment.


Vincent Gambini: This is not a magic show

27th December 2023 - 30th December 2023

Possibly the first of its kind, Vincent Gambini’s ‘This is not a magic show’ is a critically acclaimed performance of and about sleight-of-hand magic!


Elliot Bibby: The Best Of Bibby

27th December 2023 - 30th December 2023

After a COMPLETE SELL OUT at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the Insane Magic boys, Elliot Bibby is back with a solo hour of magic.


Cameron Gibson & Friends

28th December 2023 - 30th December 2023

Join Edinburgh magician Cameron Gibson as he presents a fast-paced magic & variety show that will knock your proverbial socks off.


Richard Wiseman: Mind Magic

28th December 2023

Join psychologist, best-selling author, and member of the Inner Magic Circle Professor Richard Wiseman as he explores the limits of the human mind. A fun hour for all the family!


Gary Dunn: Jokes & Tricks

28th December 2023

Gary Dunn, one of Scotland’s favourite family entertainers, returns to MagicFest for another show filled with mad magic and stupid jokes!


Richard Wiseman: The world’s greatest card trick and other mysteries

28th December 2023 - 29th December 2023

Expect erudite entertainment, a peek into the secret world of magic, and, of course, a performance of the world’s greatest card trick.


Tricky Ricky: Festive Funtime

29th December 2023 - 30th December 2023

After sell-out performances last year, the Trickster returns with some more festive fun and lots of his puns in this “Festive Funtime Show” starring Jingles the Reindeer.


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