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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

FISHING: An Exhibition by Stephanïe Vandëm

3rd May 2024 - 15th June 2024

FISHING is a modern exploration of contemporary identities and heritage from artist Stephanïe Vandëm at the Scottish Storytelling Centre from 3rd May!

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Sangs and Clatter / Piosenki i Gwar

21st May 2024

Enjoy Scottish and Polish songs and poems, including those of our national bard Robert Burns, and the music of Ukraine at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on 21st May!

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Stories on the Way: When Yellow’s On the Broom

22nd May 2024

Come and enjoy live storytelling in the relaxed setting of the Netherbow Theatre on 22nd May, where our amazing apprentice storytellers will show off their skills!

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Falastin Film Festival: 3000 Nights ٣٠٠٠ ليلة A Film by Mai Masri

24th May 2024

3000 Nights (12A) tells the story of a young Palestinian school teacher who gives birth to her son in an Israeli prison, where she fights to survive, protect her son and maintain hope.

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Falastin Film Festival: R21 AKA Restoring Solidarity - A Film by Mohanad Yaqubi

24th May 2024

R21 AKA Restoring Solidarity (12A), is a collection of 16mm films by militant filmmakers from various countries.

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Falastin Film Festival: Time-Space - A Collection of Short Films

24th May 2024

This is a collection of short films exploring themes and experiences of time and space. All films are subtitled in English.

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Falastin Film Festival:: Infiltrators متسللون A Film by Khaled Jarrar

24th May 2024

Infiltrators is a visceral “road movie” that chronicles the daily travails of Palestinians of all backgrounds as they seek routes through, under, around, and over a bewildering matrix of barriers.

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Falastin Film Festival: In Conversation with Malak Mattar

25th May 2024

How does occupation and siege affect art and individual artists? Join Palestinian artist Malak Mattar as she shares her experiences!

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Falastin Film Festival: Foragers اليد الخضراء A Film by Jumana Manna

25th May 2024

Elderly Palestinians are caught between their right to forage their own land and the harsh restrictions imposed by their occupiers on the basis of preservation.

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Falastin Film Festival: Palestinian Supper Club

25th May 2024

Enjoy dinner and live storytelling featuring Glasgow-based Palestinian chefs Hiba and her daughter Dana of Hiba’s Palestinian Kitchen, and Edinburgh-based Palestinian author and cook Diline Abushaba

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Falastin Film Festival: Childhood Under Occupation - A Collection of Short Films

25th May 2024

A collection of short films exploring the theme of children and childhood under occupation. The films will be followed by a virtual Q&A with director Farah Nabulsi.

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On Gaza: A Collection of Short Films - Part of Falastin Film Festival

25th May 2024

This is a pair of documentary films on Gaza and Gazan experiences, followed by a Q&A with Ahmed Alnaouq, a Palestinian journalist from Gaza and the co-founder of We Are Not Numbers.

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Falastin Film Festival: Amreeka امريكا امريكا A Film by Cherien Dabis

26th May 2024

Muna and her teenage son leave the West Bank, dreaming of an exciting future in the promised land of small-town Illinois, USA. But starting a new life proves harder than they could have imagined.

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Falastin Film Festival: Lyd لد A Film by Rami Younis and Sarah Friedland

26th May 2024

The story of a city that once connected Palestine to the world, Lyd (15) explores what it once was, what it is now, and what it could have become.

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Listening Gaza - Part of the Falastin Film Festival

26th May 2024

Gazelleband present the music of Palestine and beyond through the medium of traditional string instruments, the oud and buzuq.

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Falastin Film Festival: Children & Family Day

26th May 2024

Join in with craft activities, colouring books, storytelling, henna, reading materials for all ages, and children's books in Arabic!

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The Yellow Canary

28th May 2024 - 30th May 2024

The Yellow Canary is based on a true story and is a leap into the imagination of a young boy as he attempts to escape the horrors of war, exploring love, loss, and what it means to flee your home.

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Cèilidh Mhòr Bothan

31st May 2024

Bothan Dhùn Èideann is celebrating its 21st Anniversary with an excellent evening of stories, songs, music and dance on Friday 31st May at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. The event is in Gaelic.

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The Moira Trilogy

1st June 2024

Alan Bissett will bring all three Moira Monologues, giving audiences the chance to experience Moira's hilarious journey in a single sitting, to the Scottish Storytelling Centre on 1st June!

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In remembrance of the Scottish Witch Hunts

2nd June 2024

The Weaving Creative Threads Event at the Scottish Storytelling Centre features an evocative blend of artists, storytellers, singers, and speakers gathering to remember Scotland's accused witches.

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Burn the Little Witches

7th June 2024 - 8th June 2024

Strange Town's 11-14 group presents Burn the Little Witches at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June!

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Hacksilver

7th June 2024 - 8th June 2024

Performed by the Strange Town 11-14 group at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Hacksilver is a medieval tale of belief, anxiety, and the lingering sense of a doomed future.

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Monster Force! Engage!

8th June 2024 - 9th June 2024

Mum and Dad are asleep, and something is lurking under the bed... Come and join the Strange Town 8-10s group at the Scottish Storytelling Centre for Monster Force! Engage!

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Singing Sea Shanties with Joss Cameron

9th June 2024

Join us in the warm and welcoming Storytelling Court for a fun opportunity to learn some Sea Shanties, the history of seafaring songs, and the traditions and nature of maritime language!

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Queer Folks’ Tales - with Turan Ali, Finn Anderson, Giulia Galastro and Harry Josephine Giles

13th June 2024

June sees yet another fabulous line up for Queer Folks’ Tales. As always, queer storytellers galore from around Edinburgh and Scotland share stories of LGBTQ+ lives, past, present and future.

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Plockton Music School Summer Tour 2024

18th June 2024

Plockton Music School bring their Summer Tour to the Scottish Storytelling Centre on Tuesday 18th June.

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Cassandra

20th June 2024

Storyteller Ailsa Dixon explores intimate themes of climate activism, sexual assault, feminism and mental health at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on 20th June.

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Loud Poets - June Showcase

21st June 2024

Don’t miss Scotland’s best spoken word night - Loud Poets Showcase - at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on 21st June!

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Burgh Blatherers' Storytelling Ceilidh: Children of the Sun

3rd July 2024

Join Edinburgh's own Burgh Blatherers on 3rd July for next regular open-floor storytelling night taking place throughout the year!

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LIFE - A work-in-progress performance

7th July 2024

Join Maria MacDonell (Miss Lindsay's Secret) and Mark Coleman for a work-in-progress performance of LIFE, an exciting new work, at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on 7th July!

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Loud Poets - July Showcase

19th July 2024

Don’t miss Scotland’s best spoken word night - Loud Poets Showcase - at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on 19th July!

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