Pomegranates, Walking Tour, Dance

Old Town Dance Traditions

Walking Tour | Part of Pomegranates 2024

(Sat 27 Apr: 11am)

Join storyteller extraordinaire Donald Smith for a relaxed festival walking tour exploring the dance traditions of Edinburgh's Old Town, including their locations and social contexts. Learn about the local folk traditions, the Scottish Court and 'polite' society.

The tour will start from the Scottish Storytelling Centre with a preview of the festival exhibition Vengefully Changed Allegiance by Alison Harm of Psychomoda. The tour will end at Edinburgh’s Central Library with a preview of the festival exhibition Dance Around the World featuring trad dance books and artifacts from Edinburgh and beyond.


One of the most eloquent advocates for Scottish culture, Donald Smith is the 2023 recipient of the Hamish Henderson Award for Lifetime Service to Traditional Arts. A prolific author, Donald also wrote Pomegranates 2023 screen dance poetry commission Beira and Bride. Until recently the Director of Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS), currently Donald is the Director of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

Established in 2022, Pomegranates is Scotland’s annual festival of international dance. Initiated and produced by Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland in partnership with Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland, Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh City Libraries, Dance Base and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. This year, the festival features artists’ residencies and social dance sessions, exhibitions and tours, shows and workshops, plus our first Pomegranates Family Sunday. Find out more about Pomegranates below.


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