Keeping the Fire Burning: Scotland’s International Storytelling Festival Returns

Donald Smith, Shona Cowie, Neil Sutcliffe, Daniel Abercrombie and Annemarie Froemke at the launch of The 2022 Storytelling International Festival. Image Neil Hanna
Donald Smith, Shona Cowie, Neil Sutcliffe, Daniel Abercrombie and Annemarie Froemke at the launch of The 2022 Storytelling International Festival. Image Neil Hanna

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Scottish International Storytelling Festival

From: 14 Oct 2022

To: 31 Oct 2022

Edinburgh & the Lothians

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‘Keep It Lit’ is the theme of this year’s Scottish International Storytelling Festival – the biggest yet, and a special year as 2022 is Scotland’s Year of Stories. The ‘it’ is the fire – symbolic or real – around whose hearth we gather to enjoy stories together, and the fire in the ‘torch’ of oral storytelling that the Festival helps to pass on. Growing every year, it is the world’s largest celebration of storytelling, anchored at Edinburgh’s Scottish Storytelling Centre, and includes 240 events, all under £10, including 145 free events, making it accessible to all.

A special multiform exhibition (see below) at the Centre kicks things off on 6th October: John Slavin: Land of the Ravens, and the Festival proper begins on the 14th with an opening concert where the Young Edinburgh Storytellers (YES) will ‘perform’ for their freedom from the court, with the audience deciding. Events embrace all manner of themes to do with Scottish and international life: language, heritage, immigration, inclusivity, myth, folklore, music, history, landscape, and ghosts. Specially-commissioned pieces and premieres abound, alongside film works. The full programme can be downloaded from the Festival’s website.

John Slavin, 'Jack and Marigold with Hungry at Pool'
John Slavin, ‘Jack and Marigold with Hungry at Pool’
John Slavin, 'Magician with Hat and Raven Eyes'
John Slavin, ‘Magician with Hat and Raven Eyes’

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