Edinburgh‘s International Storytelling Festival is one of the most admired storytelling events in the world and the largest of its kind – both from a programming and participation perspective, encompassing a wealth of cultures, traditions and styles. Enchanting performances, workshops, talks and events centred around traditional storytelling. This celebration of live oral traditions and cultural diversity brings together Scottish and international storytellers and musicians, to celebrate rhythms and methods of storytelling.

Inspired by the Scottish ceilidh tradition and its sense of togetherness, this is an inviting community gathering full of tales, anecdotes, music, songs and ballads.

What makes it special?

  • From storytelling performances to panel discussions, and an engaging family strand of storytelling activities around Halloween, there’s something here for all Festival-goers to get involved with.
  • Although each event has a structure, there will always be an informal and improvised element to the performance, as the magic of live storytelling is the immediate connection between teller and listener.
  • The Festival began in 1989 and grows every year, with more people engaging with charismatic storytellers using their words to spin bridges between worlds.

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