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Exhibition, Tradfest

FISHING: An Exhibition by Stephanïe Vandëm

(Fri 3 May-Sat 15 Jun) FISHING is a modern exploration of contemporary identities and heritage. Artist Stephanïe Vandëm imaginatively combines oil painting and mixed media materials salvaged from the shoreline to creatively evoke the connections between the communities of the North East of Scotland and their fishing heritage. The artist draws from the rich traditions of Renaissance and Latin American art to create semi-sculptural pieces that deep dive into the pressing environmental & identity concerns of our time. The work repurposes the discarded fragments of our plastic-heavy society, merging them into intriguing jigsaw-puzzle images that evoke our possible shared futures. The calm and simplicity of the painted sections of the artwork contrast with the more complex three-dimensional mixed media elements which convey movement despite the heavy-layered look of the work. Weathered figures, chopped up lobster creels and everyday objects are ‘fossilized’ in cement, resin, sand and plastic, creating intriguing new structures that come away from the painted surface.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Music, Poetry, Dance, International

Sangs and Clatter/Piosenki i Gwar

(Tue 21 May: 7pm) Edinburgh's Scottish Polish Cultural Association, with support from the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland and Kraków City Council, presents an evening showcasing the artistic output of Scotland, Poland and Ukraine. This year's concert celebrates the well-established links between Edinburgh and Kraków, with the songs of Scotland's national bard Robert Burns sung by Nicola Alexander and a short story from writer and actor Dave Robb. Also featuring the contemporary songs of Poland's Tamara Kalinowska, a well-established singer-songwriter both in her own right and at Kraków's famous cabaret club Piwnica Pod Baranami. Natalya Ditkivska playing Bach represents Edinburgh's Ukrainian community, plus a display from the Ukrainian dance studio Kvity Ukrainy.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Storytelling

Stories on the Way: When Yellow's on the Broom

(Wed 22 May: 7:30pm) The yellow is on the broom and a spring is in full flow, so join us for a celebration of Traveller tales and stories of journey as we head towards summer time. A lovely evening of live storytelling in the relaxed setting of the Netherbow Theatre, where our amazing apprentice storytellers will show off their skills and explore this quarter's theme. Hosted by Janis Mackay, with a host of new storytelling voices, including Emilie Barr (Seelie Wight Stories), Mary Baxter, Fiona Ferguson, Jack Forester, Ryan Martin, Lababa Naqvi, Jen Newall, Katie Proven and David G Pullar!

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Music

Spring Sessions with Innes Watson & Rory Matheson

(Thu 23 May: 1pm) Join renowned traditional musicians Innes Watson and Rory Matheson aka Innoduo for a pop-up session in the relaxed surroundings of the Storytelling Court as part of their Scotland-wide tour.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Falastin Film Festival

Infiltrators متسللون

(Fri 24 May: 12:30pm) The checkpoint is closed. “Detour, detour!” shouts a taxi driver, announcing the beginning of yet another uncertain search for a way around the barriers curtailing Palestinian movement in the West Bank. Infiltrators (PG) 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. Following this high stakes “game” of cat and mouse with a handheld video camera, Khaled Jarrarʼs debut documentary was the standout success at the 2012 Dubai International Film Festival, winning the Muhr Arab Documentary Prize, the Special Jury Prize, and the International Critics Prize. The screening will be followed by a virtual Q&A with the director. Genre: Documentary, Action | Year of Release: 2012 | Original Language: Arabic | Subtitles: English | Content warning: disorienting visuals ~~~~~ Khaled Jarrar, born in Jenin, completed his studies in Interior design at the Palestine Polytechnic University in 1996 and entered the field of photography in 2004. In 2011 he graduated as visual artist from the International Academy of Art, Palestine. His first exhibition took place in public space at the checkpoints of Howarra and Qalandya. Jarrar started making films and videos in 2008, among them Journey. He has taken part in international art events including Art Basel 41, Instant video, London Film Festival, the International Contemporary Art Fair “FIAC” in Paris and Berlin Biennale 7. ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Falastin Film Festival

Time-Space: A Collection of Short Films

(Fri 24 May: 3:30pm) A collection of short films exploring themes and experiences of time and space. All films are subtitled in English. The screenings will be followed by a Q&A discussion led by Rita Mahfouz, filmmaker and visual artist from Lebanon. ~~~~~ Silent Protest المظاهرة الصامتة (PG) by Mahasen Nasser-EldinOn 26 October 1929, Palestinian women launched their women’s movement in Jerusalem. Approximately 300 women converged into the city from all over Palestine. They held a silent demonstration through a car convoy across the city in protest at the British High Commissioner’s bias against Arabs in the Buraq uprising. This is their story on that day. Genre: Documentary, Historical, Archives | Year of Release: 2019 | Original Language: Arabic | Subtitles: English Nation Estate (12A) by Larissa SansourIn this sci-fi short, one colossal high-rise houses the entire Palestinian population – now finally living the high life. With a glossy mixture of computer-generated imagery, live actors and an arabesque electronic soundtrack, Nation Estate explores a vertical solution to Palestinian statehood where each city has its own floor and intercity trips previously marred by checkpoints are now made by elevator. Genre: Short, Science-Fiction, Dystopian | Year of Release: 2013 | Original Languages: Arabic, English | Subtitles: English Canada Park حديقة كندا (12A) by Razan AlSalahI walk on snow to fall unto the desert. I find myself on unceded indigenous territory in so called Canada, an exile unable to return to Palestine. I trespass the colonial border as a digital spectre floating through Ayalon-Canada Park, transplanted over three Palestinian villages razed by the Israeli Occupation Forces in 1967. Canada Park is an experimental video poem exploring the politics of dis/appearance of Palestine as narrativized, mapped and imaged in Google Streetview and early 20th century colonial landscape photography of the ‘Holy Land’. Genre: Short, Experimental, Poem | Year of Release: 2020 | Original Languages: Arabic, English | Subtitles: English ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Falastin Film Festival

3000 Nights ٣٠٠٠ ليلة

(Fri 24 May: 6pm) 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. Genre: Drama, Documentary, Crime Fiction | Year of Release: 2015 | Original Languages: Arabic, Hebrew, English | Subtitles: English | Content warning: scenes of torture, imprisonment, colonial violence The main feature will be preceded by short film Freedom is Mine by Mahmoud Salameh. It will be followed by a Q&A with Sahar Francis, director of Addameer Prisoner Support. ~~~~~ Mai Masri is a Palestinian filmmaker who studied at San Francisco State University, USA. Her films have been screened worldwide and won over 90 awards. Recognized for her work that focuses on women and children in a humanistic and poetic approach, her feature film, 3000 Nights (2015) had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival and won 28 awards. Mai worked closely with her late husband, filmmaker Jean Chamoun, and earned international acclaim for films including Children of Fire, Woman for Her Time, Children of Shatila, Frontiers of Dreams and Fears, Beirut Diaries and Wildflowers. Since 2006, Sahar Francis has been the Director of Ramallah-based Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, a Palestinian NGO providing legal and advocacy support to Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli and Palestinian prisons. With over twenty years of human rights experience, including human rights counseling and representation, Ms. Francis also was on the Board of Defence for Children International – Palestine Section for 4 years. Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association (Addameer) is a Palestinian non-governmental human rights civil institution that focuses on political and civil rights issues in the occupied Palestinian territory, especially those of prisoners. Established in Jerusalem in 1991 by a group of activists and human rights advocates, Addameer offers support to Palestinian prisoners and detainees, advocates for the rights of political prisoners, and works to end torture and arbitrary detention and to guarantee fair trials through monitoring, legal procedures and advocacy campaigns. ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Falastin Film Festival

R21 AKA Restoring Solidarity

(Fri 24 May: 9pm) The growing struggle for Palestinian self-determination between 1960 and 1980 was supported by radical left-wing movements worldwide, also in Japan. This is illustrated by R21 AKA Restoring Solidarity (12A), a collection of 16mm films by militant filmmakers from various countries, which were dubbed and screened in Japan. Their Japanese audiences felt oppressed by the US after World War II, and not only sympathised but also identified with the Palestinians. The screening will be followed by a virtual Q&A with the director. Genre: Documentary, Experimental, Historical, Archives | Year of Release: 2022 | Original Languages: Japanese, Arabic, English | Subtitles: English | Content warning: scenes of bombing and massacre ~~~~~ Mohanad Yaqubi is a filmmaker, producer, and one of the founders of the Ramallah-based production outfit Idioms Film, as well as of the research and curatorial collective Subversive Films which focuses on militant film practices. He is a resident researcher at KASK- School of the Arts in Gent, Belgium where he researches archival structures within transnational solidarity movements, while considering politics, aesthetics and cinema, at the same time, re-thinking imperfect archives as a mechanism to bridge living memories. ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Falastin Film Festival, Film

Childhood Under Occupation: A Collection of Short Films

(Sat 25 May: 11am) 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. ~~~~~ Maradona’s Legs إجرين مارادونا (U) by Firas KhouryDuring the 1990 World Cup, two young Palestinian boys are looking for “Maradona’s legs”; the last missing sticker that they need in order to complete their world cup album and win a free Atari. Genre: Comedy, Sports, Short | Year of Release: 2019 | Original Language: Arabic | Subtitles: English | Content warning: strong language Ayny عيني (12A) by Ahmad SalehTwo young boys run away from their mother’s protection and slack line on the danger of war to play music with the instrument they always dreamt to have. Genre: Stop-motion Animation, Short | Year of Release: 2016 | Original Language: Arabic | Subtitles: English | Content warning: harm by landmine, not suitable for children The Present الهدية (PG) by Farah NabulsiOn his wedding anniversary, Yusef and his young daughter set out in the West Bank to buy his wife a gift. Between soldiers, segregated roads and checkpoints, how easy is it to go shopping? Genre: Drama, Narrative, Short | Year of Release: 2020 | Original Languages: Arabic, English | Subtitles: English Zoo حديقة الحیوان (12A) by Tariq RimawiWandering through the Worst Zoo in the World, Sami is looking for his football. The lone boy finds more than that when he encounters the little tiger Laziz, who follows him on his quest to find a safe place to play. Genre: Drama, Animation, Short | Year of Release: 2022 | Original Language: Arabic | Subtitles: English Hide & Seek غُميضة by Rami AbbasAn animated short film narrating the story of a child and his fish on their journey into the unknown, following the raid on the child’s town during the ongoing war ravaging his country. The short film captures the steps of this journey and its transformations. Genre: Animation, Drama | Year of Release: 2024 | Original Language: Silent Uncle… Give Me A Cigarette عمي اعطيني سيجارة (12A) by Union of Palestinian Women's Committees and interns from Birzeit UniversityAwaiting a prison transfer, Walid receives a strange request in a mysterious whisper… Collaborating with a team of girls from the Union of Palestinian Women's Committees and interns from Birzeit University, the group transformed Walid Dakka's narrative into a short stop-motion film using wire armatures and paper mache. Genre: Drama, Stop-motion Animation, Short | Year of Release: 2023 | Original Language: Arabic | Subtitles: English | Content warning: colonial and carceral violence, not suitable for children ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Falastin Film Festival, Film

On Gaza: A Collection of Short Films

(Sat 25 May: 1:30pm) 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, a collective which trains the next generation of Palestinian writers to publish their stories in English. ~~~~~ Between Two Crossings بين معبرين (PG) by Yassir Murtaja and Rushdi Al-SarrajA documentary film following the journey of Nour, a Palestinian student from Gaza with a scholarship to enrol in Portland State University in the United States. In order to get there, Nour struggles to find a way to travel through the only two gates separating the Gaza Strip from the rest of the world: Erez Checkpoint, controlled by Israel; and Rafah Crossing, controlled by Egypt. Director Yassir Murtaja was a Palestinian journalist and filmmaker from Gaza. He was shot and killed by an Israeli sniper while covering the Great March of Return on April 6, 2018. Many people around the world witnessed Yassir’s wish before he died through his Facebook status: that one day he wanted to be able to see Gaza and the world from the window of an aeroplane. Co-director Rushdi Al-Sarraj was Yassir's best friend and creative partner. He was killed in Gaza on October 22, 2023, by a targeted bomb from an Israeli warplane dropped on his house. We share this film in honour of their memory. Genre: Documentary | Year of Release: 2018 | Original Language: Arabic | Subtitles: English Gaza, Footbullet غزة رصاصه بالقدم (U) by Iyad AlasttalA team of amputee Palestinian footballers prepare to meet their French counterparts as part of a series of sporting, cultural and solidarity meetings. Genre: Documentary, Sports | Year of Release: 2021| Original Languages: Arabic, French | Subtitles: English ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Falastin Film Festival, Free

In Conversation with Malak Mattar

(Sat 25 May: 4:30pm) How does occupation and siege affect art and individual artists? Is it possible to look at art from occupied areas without considering the restrictions on freedom and other rights? What role has art in the Palestinian resistance? In this conversation, Palestinian artist Malak Mattar will sit down to share her experiences and discuss the role of art as activism, cultural resistance, assertions of identity, and ongoing shifts in Palestinian narratives, while sharing her journey as an artist in the besieged Gaza. The conversation will be moderated by Bayan Haddad. ~~~~~ Malak Mattar was born in 1999 in the Gaza Strip and grew up under occupation and the military siege. From a family of talented cultural practitioners, Mattar started making art as a teenager during a period of open conflict (Operation Protective Edge, 2014), She has a Masters of Fine Art from Central Saint Martin’s, London, in 2023. Soon after arriving in the UK, Mattar’s entire world was turned upside down, causing her work to undergo a dramatic shift in style, subject matter and palette. While artist-in-residence at An Effort in Central London (December 2023–February 2024), she documented the genocide in her homeland through a series of mostly monochrome drawings and paintings. She later combined these scenes into a monumental greyscale painting called No Words. “It needs to be completely horrific,” she stated while making the work, “otherwise it will not accurately reflect the genocide.” Mattar has come to Edinburgh for her debut Scottish exhibition Screams. Her works will be exhibited at Embassy Gallery from 23-27 May and the In Vitro Gallery at Summerhall from 7-28 June. Bayan Haddad is a Palestinian scholar and an instructor of English literature at Birzeit University. She is the George Antonius Birzeit Visiting Fellow for 2024 and she researches fiction from Palestine and Northern Ireland in light of trauma studies. ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Falastin Film Festival, Film

Foragers اليد الخضراء

(Sat 25 May: 6:30pm) 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. Shot in the Golan Heights, the Galilee and Jerusalem, Foragers employs fiction, documentary and archival footage to portray the impact of Israeli "nature protection" laws on these customs. The restrictions prohibit the collection of the artichoke-like ’akkoub and za’atar (thyme), and have resulted in fines and trials for hundreds caught collecting these native plants. Following the plants from the wild to the kitchen, from the chases between the foragers and the nature patrol to courtroom defences, Foragers (PG) captures the joy and knowledge embodied in these traditions alongside their resilience to the prohibitive law and raises questions around the politics of extinction - who determines what is made extinct and what gets to live on. The screening will be followed by a virtual Q&A with Rabea Eghbariah. Genre: Documentary | Year of Release: 2022 | Original Languages: Arabic, Hebrew | Subtitles: English ~~~~~ Jumana Manna was born in Princeton, USA and currently lives in Berlin, Germany. She is a Palestinian artist whose work shifts between sculpture and film, body and land, narrative and form. Her practice explores how power is articulated through relationships, often focusing on the body and materiality in relation to narratives of nationalism and histories of place. Foragers co-writer Rabea Eghbariah is a human rights attorney completing his doctoral studies at Harvard Law School. He worked as an appellate public defender before joining the Haifa-based Adalah Legal Center, where he argued major Palestinian civil and political rights cases. ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Falastin Film Festival, Storytelling, Food and Drink

Palestinian Supper Club

(Sat 25 May: 8:30pm) Enjoy dinner and live storytelling featuring Glasgow-based Palestinian chefs Hiba and her daughter Dana of Hiba’s Palestinian Kitchen, as well as Edinburgh-based Palestinian author and cook Diline Abushaban. Share delicious dishes that embody the richness and diversity of Palestinian cuisine, and listen to stories told by Hiba, Dana, and Diline on the symbolism and history behind these ingredients. ~~~~~ Hiba’s Palestinian Kitchen is founded by a mother & daughter wanting to spread Palestinian cuisine and heritage across Scotland. Their mission is to resist by keeping their dishes alive. Diline Abushaban is an author and speaker, originally from Gaza, living in Scotland for 17 years. Diline is passionate about healing and inspiring people to live mindfully and heal their lives. Since the start of the ongoing genocide, Diline has been speaking, writing and sharing stories to challenge the dehumanisation of the Palestinian people and grieve the deep losses they are experiencing. ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Workshop, Falastin Film Festival, Family-friendly, Storytelling

Children & Family Day

(Sun 26 May: 11am-4pm) This space will be open for families and children to come spend some time and engage in activities around Palestine. Join in with craft activities, colouring books, storytelling, henna, reading materials for all ages, and children's books in Arabic! Drop-in any time from 11am to 4pm. If you wish to attend any of scheduled activities below, arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time to sign up. Spots are limited due to space constraints. Scheduled Activities 11:30am-12pm: Rajiv's Starry Feelings with Niall MoorjaniJoin Niall for a reading of their new book. Aimed at ages 2-6 years. 12pm-12:30pm: Storytelling for 6+ with Niall MoorjaniNiall will tell adventurous stories about standing tall in the face of adversity. Aimed at ages 6-9 years. Niall Moorjani is a writer and storyteller who has performed all over the world. Their work is inspired by history, identity, myth and folklore. 1pm-2:30pm: Arts & Crafts Workshop: What Does Palestine Mean to Me?This collage and colouring workshop for children and parents alike will be led by Mourad Diouri. Mourad is the founder of the Edinburgh Arab Festival and teaching fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Mourad is also the founder of Mosaic Tree Press, a publishing company whose books will feature at the festival and guide this workshop. 3pm-4pm: Introduction to TatreezJoin Riwaa Joma to learn the basics of Palestinian embroidery, tatreez. Tatreez is a form of Palestinian embroidery typically sewn on garments which employs a range of symbols including birds, trees and flowers. Historically, tatreez was practised in the rural areas and each village or region had their unique patterns. Tatreez is an artful practice of resistance whose power has resisted war, destruction, and expulsion. Today, the art is common practice across the diaspora, recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage. The workshop aims to introduce you to the basics of tatreez, all materials will be provided. ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Falastin Film Festival, Film

Emerging Palestinian Filmmakers: A Collection of Short Films

(Sun 26 May: 11am) This diverse array of films were all submitted to the Festival by emerging Palestinian filmmakers. From the resolve to resist house demolitions, to the courageous risking of personal safety to document the realities of occupation, each story encapsulates a unique facet of sacrifice. Others delve into the everyday struggles of acquiring basic necessities, the grief of martyrdom, and the internal battles of self-acceptance. These films serve as powerful testimonies to the steadfast resilience and humanity of the Palestinian experience, shedding light on the multifaceted dimensions of sacrifice that define that reality. Through their artistry, these emerging filmmakers offer profound insights into the shared struggles and enduring spirit of a people determined to assert their dignity and rights in the face of injustice. All films are subtitled in English. ~~~~~ Eitr عطر by Fateema Al-Hamaydeh MillerGrinding away at the family business, Mohamed works tirelessly selling knock-off perfume, while living as a knock-off version of his true self. Eitr explores queerness in the context of Arab culture and family structure, leading into secret worlds that we build for ourselves and how we share them with others. Genre: Romantic Dramedy | Year of Release: 2023 | Languages: English, Arabic Shattered Memory ذاكرة مهشمة by Hayat LabbanThe documentary honours the memory of photojournalist Mahfouz Abu Turk and explores the archive through which he documented the events he experienced in the city of Jerusalem and the West Bank from the first intifada in 1987 until the end of the 1990s. Genre: Documentary, Archive | Year of Release: 2023 | Original Language: Arabic | Subtitles: English Zawaya زوايا by Mira HajhassanSiham and her goldfish, Tooteh, find themselves trapped in a half-empty house by an oppressive system that lives inside their walls and will soon begin demolishing them. As danger approaches, Siham uses her imagination to process her pain and resist the oppression. Genre: Drama, Dystopian | Year of Release: 2023 | Original Language: Arabic | Subtitles: English For You لأجلك by Mahmoud Hamdan The film revolves around the friends of the martyr, paramedic and dancer Sajed Mizher, exploring their psychological state and emotions following his martyrdom. The film presents, in an experimental visual style, scenes from before, during, and after his martyrdom. Genre: Experimental Documentary | Year of Release: 2022 | Language: Arabic | Subtitles: English Does Not Exist ما في by Rami AhmadYousef and his grandfather Saeed are Palestinian-Syrian refugees who fled from the Syrian war in Yarmouk to live in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, where Youssef struggles to keep his grandfather alive. Genre: Docu-Fiction | Original Language: Arabic | Subtitles: English ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Falastin Film Festival, Film

Amreeka امريكا

(Sun 26 May: 2pm) 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. Told with heartfelt humour by Palestinian American writer-director Cherien Dabis in her feature film debut, Amreeka (12A) explores family experiences of immigration and the first-generation teenagers caught between their heritage and their new world. Genre: Comedy, Drama | Year of Release: 2009 | Original Languages: Arabic, English, French | Subtitles: English | Content warning: marijuana use ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Falastin Film Festival, Film

Lyd لد

(Sun 26 May: 6pm) 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. The screening will be followed by a virtual Q&A with the director(s). Genre: Documentary, Science Fiction | Year of Release: 2023 | Original Language: Arabic | Subtitles: English | Content warning: descriptions of massacre ~~~~~ Rami Younis is a Palestinian filmmaker, writer and journalist from Lyd. Younis currently hosts a daily news show called On the Other Hand on Israel's national broadcasting corporation's Arabic channel which counters misinformation about Palestinian residents of 48 - those who live in areas annexed by Israel in 1948. He is also co-founder and manager of the first ever “Palestine Music Expo” – an event that connects the local Palestinian music scene to the worldwide industry. Sarah Friedland is a filmmaker and artist rooted in creative nonfiction. She is also an educator and the Director of the John B. Moore Documentary Collaborative at Skidmore College. Sarah was named one of the “Top 10 Independent Filmmakers to Watch” by the Independent Magazine. ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Falastin Film Festival, Music

Listening Gaza

(Sun 26 May: 9pm) Gazelleband present the music of Palestine and beyond through the medium of traditional string instruments, the oud and buzuq. Led by Gazan oud player Reem Anbar and Irish-Mancunian music researcher Louis Brehony, the group perform internationally at concerts halls, festivals, universities and solidarity gatherings. The only Scotland date in their worldwide tour, this Gazelleband performance features a new set of improvised and traditional tunes, blended with Palestinian storytelling. The musical performance will be preceded by a reading by Bayan Haddad. What does it mean to write in times of emergency? Writers from Gaza are living, witnessing and documenting the genocide as it unfolds. How can we amplify their voices? What is the role of the reader? Hear a reading of voices from Gaza and discussion of meaningful interventions to actualise their messages. ~~~~~ Reem Anbar was raised in Gaza. She rose to prominence in the early 2000s with an affinity for tarab - the ecstatic traditions of Arab regional music - and the Palestinian heritage of song. Reem absorbed the lessons of older generations of oud players and forged her own path as a self-taught player. By the time she left Palestine in 2017, Reem was appearing regularly on Palestinian and Arabic TV, at concerts, and working as a music therapist and teacher in Gaza’s refugee camps. She has since gone on to become an international performer. Louis Brehony is a musician, activist, researcher and educator. He is author of the book Palestinian Music in Exile: Voices of Resistance (2023), editor of Ghassan Kanafani: Selected Political Writings (2024), and director of the award-winning film Kofia: A Revolution Through Music (2021). He writes regularly on Palestine and political culture and performs internationally as a buzuq player and guitarist. Bayan Haddad is a Palestinian scholar and an instructor of English literature at Birzeit University. She is the George Antonius Birzeit Visiting Fellow for 2024 and researches fiction from Palestine and Northern Ireland in light of trauma studies. ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Visual Art, True-life, Storytelling

The Yellow Canary

(Tue 28 - Thu 30 May) Based on a true story, The Yellow Canary 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. Performance-maker Tashi Gore uncovers the real-life journey her uncle Bernard took as a young Jewish boy, forced to leave his home city of Paris with just his parents and his pet canary for company. Combining live storytelling, testimony, and digital animation, The Yellow Canary brings together visual theatre expert Ross MacKay, playwright Will Gore, and director Jess Thorpe in a compelling and timely performance. Book Tickets ~~~~~~~~~~ The Edinburgh International Children’s Festival is back for 2024, featuring 14 productions from 9 countries for children to discover. This year’s Festival opens with Family Encounters on Saturday 25 May, a day of free pop-up performances and interactive activities at the National Museum of Scotland. The Festival then runs until Sunday 2 June, with a jam-packed programme of circus, dance, storytelling and theatre for young people and their families. Featuring a Spotlight on Catalonia and two brand new works by Scottish companies, this year’s Festival once again pushes boundaries, exploring the highs and lows of the human condition, while always considering the perspective and viewpoint of the child. From intimate sensory works for babies, to circus shows and promenade performances, from exploration of our consumerist behaviour to racial discrimination, there truly is something for everyone.  More Info

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Music, Storytelling, Gaelic, Dance

Cèilidh Mhòr Bothan

(Fri 31 May: 6pm) Tha Bothan 21 bliadhna a dh'aois! Cha ghabh e creidsinn! As dhèidh seisean ciùil againn san fheasgar, bidh sgeulachdan againn bhon rannsaiche Uibhisteach Curstaidh Dhòmhnallach, agus bidh cèilidh thraidiseanta againn, le dannsa traidiseanta, bho chòmhlan òg Gàidhlig West Loch Ceilidh Band. Edinburgh’s Gaelic Language Music and Culture Club, Bothan Dhùn Èideann, is celebrating its 21st Anniversary. Please come along for an excellent evening of stories, songs, music and dance with music by the West Loch Ceilidh Band. The event is in Gaelic.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Storytelling

Guid Crack: Laughter Lines

(Fri 31 May: 7:30pm) Some stories can make you weep, provoke fits of pique or leave you pondering the mysteries of the universe... But these are not those! Join Franziska Droll for jests, jokes and japes - lighthearted tales to make you sing, clap and laugh out loud. You're guaranteed to leave with a skip in your step. Edinburgh’s monthly storytelling club held upstairs in the Waverley Bar, with the usual open-floor section for anyone to share a story, song or poem around the theme or otherwise. Hosted by Joanne Marr. Franziska Droll was born and bred in the Black Forest, Germany, and moved to Scotland after falling in love with the country and the people. She loves to tell traditional Scottish stories as well as tales from her homeland and myths and legends from all around the world. Her style is interactive and entertaining, and a story is often accompanied by a song and sometimes together with the sound of her ukulele or moon drum. No story is like the other, but they will all leave you with a smile.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue The Waverley Bar

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Workshop, Storytelling, Development

More Than Telling: Workshop with Daniel Serridge

(Sat 18 May & Sat 1 Jun: 10:30am) Do you have a desire to facilitate long-term meaningful storytelling projects? Do you want to explore in greater depth the fundamentals of working with groups of all ages and abilities? In this 2-day training you’ll take a deep dive into the tools and techniques of facilitation, from group dynamics to safeguarding, from structure to pacing, from planning to delivery. Storyteller Dan Serridge and The Village Storytelling Centre will support you to think more deeply about the complex nature of storytelling projects, their ethical implications and what it takes to support groups to engage, connect and be inspired. Dan Serridge is a storyteller, community artist and facilitator who creates vibrant and exciting community projects for all ages and abilities. He tells stories and helps people to tell theirs, supporting everyone to see their experiences as pieces of artwork waiting to be told. Through a combination of the personal and folkloric Dan explores the power of metaphor and meaning that sharing stories can hold. The Village Storytelling Centre improves lives and empowers communities by bringing people together, inspiring them to find, shape and share their voice and to realise their potential through the power of Storytelling. All of their work supports positive social interaction, the development of friendships and support networks for the most disadvantaged or marginalised communities. ~~~~~~~~~~ Pay it Forward If you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another person, you now can! Click the button above and select the ticket price to donate. We will then be able to offer a free place to someone who would not have been able to attend otherwise. If you feel the Pay It Forward scheme would benefit you and would like to request a free ticket please email our Reception Team where you will be allocated a ticket if available. We hold 1 space per workshop for Pay It Forward requests.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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Theatre, Storytelling

The Moira Trilogy

(Sat 1 Jun: 6:30pm) Cleaner and single-mum Moira lets rip about her neighbour’s dug, blasting oot Diana Ross at the Scotia karaoke night, watching Scotland get gubbed (again), dealing with cheeky c**ts on the train, cleaning posh folks’ hooses, and, of course, surviving lockdown with only vodka, fags and her long-suffering BFF Babs for company. Alan Bissett performs the complete, hilarious story of Falkirk’s Hardest Woman Moira Bell in ‘three modern classics of Scottish theatre’ (The National). Bringing together The Moira Monologues (2009), 2017’s Fringe First winner More Moira Monologues and the 2022 finale Moira in Lockdown, this nae-messin' heroine finally has her say IN FULL. “A near-perfect series of monologues, howlingly funny and unnervingly sharp and poetic. The most charismatic character to appear on a Scottish stage in a decade.” ★★★★★ (Scotsman) “Such a riot my ears popped a couple of times from the row behind me shouting with laughter.” ★★★★★ (The National) “Welcome back, Moira. We missed you.” ★★★★★ (Broadway Baby) “Heart-stoppingly funny, and heart-warming. Storytelling perfection.” ★★★★★ (The QR) “Great hilarity, simple truths and some profound moments too: it’s no wonder Moira has such a loyal following.” ★★★★ (The List)

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Talk, Health and Wellbeing

Meditation: Living in the Spiritual Heart

(Wed 5 Jun: 7pm) A free introduction to meditation based on the teachings of Sri Chinmoy. Visiting Australian speaker, musician and experienced teacher of meditation Prachar Stegemann gives a talk and guided practice. Prachar is the leader of the Sri Chinmoy Centre in Canberra where he has been teaching for forty years. His talk in Edinburgh is one of sixty he is giving in cities worldwide. Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) was a renowned and respected spiritual teacher, a philosopher and poet, musician and artist, an athlete, and most of all a man of peace. His approach to spirituality was both contemplative and dynamic - his philosophy has been characterised as ‘ancient wisdom for the here and now.’ Find out more edinburghmeditation.org

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Theatre

Burn the Little Witches

(Fri 7 Jun: 6:30pm & Sat 8 Jun: 8:30pm) Someone’s betrayed us. Burn them. Burn the little witch. Ash fights to save her school as the council decide to close it, but rumours are rife: with only 20 pupils, someone must be leaving - but who? Once the site of witch-hunts and burnings, the creaking school hall of Dochetenny becomes a battleground for false accusations and bitter whispers. Ash tries to keep the peace but with people being denounced left, right and centre, how long until the light falls on her? Written by Daniel Orejon. Directed by Amy Wilson. Performed by the Strange Town 11-14 group (Fridays). StrangeTown are supported by the Caram Trust, Dr Guthrie's Association, the Backstage Trust, the Foyle Foundation, the Nancie Massey Charitable Trust, Ponton House Trust, Souter Charitable Trust, the Stevenston Charitable Trust, the Tillyloss Trust and the William Syson Foundation.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Theatre

Hacksilver

(Fri 7 Jun: 8:30pm & Sat 8 Jun: 6:30pm) In 1215, in a sleepy Fife village, a quiet, anxious boy hears the voice of angels. Spurred on by his sister, poor Sholto finds himself at the head of a Children’s Crusade hoping to save the world. The adults aren’t doing anything after all and somebody needs to save them from God’s wrath…even if they’ve never set foot out of Fife before. A medieval tale of belief, anxiety, and the lingering sense of a doomed future. Written by Jen McGregor. Directed by James Beagon. Performed by the Strange Town 11-14 group (Wednesdays). StrangeTown are supported by the Caram Trust, Dr Guthrie's Association, the Backstage Trust, the Foyle Foundation, the Nancie Massey Charitable Trust, Ponton House Trust, Souter Charitable Trust, the Stevenston Charitable Trust, the Tillyloss Trust and the William Syson Foundation.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Theatre

Monster Force! Engage!

Sat 8 Jun: 3pm & Sun 9 Jun: 11.30am) Mum and Dad are asleep, and something is lurking under the bed... Who will battle the things that go bump in the night? Monster Force! Engage! On hand to save your bedroom, capturing Sockmonsters, Fartmonsters and more, nothing could possibly go wrong… right? Directed by Tim Primrose. Directed by Catherine Ward-Stoddart. Performed by the Strange Town 8-10s group (Fridays). StrangeTown are supported by the Caram Trust, Dr Guthrie's Association, the Backstage Trust, the Foyle Foundation, the Nancie Massey Charitable Trust, Ponton House Trust, Souter Charitable Trust, the Stevenston Charitable Trust, the Tillyloss Trust and the William Syson Foundation.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Song, Tradfest

Easy Sundays: Singing Sea Shanties with Joss Cameron

(Sun 9 Jun: 2pm) Set sail on Easy Sunday, all hands-on deck! 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. Then have fun singing some rousing choruses as a group (no singing skills required!). Led by traditional Scots singer Joss Cameron, whose energy and enthusiasm will have you engaged and singing in rhythm long after the event ends. Open to all, especially those interested in becoming a shanty singer! ~~~~~~~~~~~ This event is part of Easy Sundays, a monthly session of stories, music, community and friendship, where a warm welcome awaits with a variety of activities for all the family to enjoy. So come find a space to relax amongst friends, old and new. ~~~~~~~~~~ Supported by the Thrive Network alongside the Scottish Storytelling Centre to create a warm and welcoming space for the community.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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LGBTQ+, Storytelling

Queer Folks' Tales

(Thu 13 June: 7:30pm) Welcome to the third year of Queer Folks’ Tales, our multiple five-star rated hugely popular bi-monthly storytelling show!★★★★★ “Utterly fabulous” (The Q Review) 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. Sometimes hilarious, often moving, occasionally shocking, the mix of true and fictional stories is as varied as the range of storytellers we invite. Household names feature alongside new and diverse queer storytellers from the different communities of Scotland. Many of the stories told on Queer Folks' Tales evenings will be true stories of LGBTQ+ experience in Scotland today. Hosted by Edinburgh’s Turan Ali, joined by acclaimed singer-songwriter Finn Anderson, stand-up comedian Giulia Galastro and author, academic and spoken word artist Harry Josephine Giles. ~~~~~ Turan Ali produces, directs and writes BBC Radio drama and comedy. He is also an on-stage queer storyteller and a stand-up. He and his shows have toured internationally and his latest solo show Horny Old Poof is touring to Vienna, Istanbul and the UK tis summer. He is the host and producer of the bi-monthly Queer Folks’ Tales in Edinburgh and monthly True Story Nights in Vienna. Finn Anderson is one of Scotland's most enchanting songwriters and storytellers, working in the music and theatre worlds. He weaves together folk balladry and pop song writing, specialising in dramatic arrangements and striking lyrics. A pianist with a dynamic baritone voice, he has toured widely, released two albums and an EP and has supported many well-known names. Giulia Galastro is a self-described "tiny Edinburgh-based comedy person" and a trainee clown. She is a prolific and much-in-demand stand-up comedian, performing widely. She hosts two of Scotland’s most inclusive comedy nights, the weekly Open Comedy at Artisan Roast on Leith Walk and bi-weekly The Other Show at Edinburgh's Monkey Barrel Comedy. Open Comedy won the Chortle Award for Best Open Mic (Scotland) in 2023 and 2024. Harry Josephine Giles is a non-binary writer, singer and poet who grew up on Orkney and currently lives in Edinburgh. In 2022, they won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for their novel Deep Wheel Orcadia. They obtained a Masters of Arts degree in Sustainable Development from the University of St. Andrews in 2009, and another MA from Theatre Directing from the East 15 acting school.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Workshop, Song, Scots

Scots Songs from Galloway with Robyn Stapleton

(Sat 15 Jun: 11am) Come and learn the songs of Galloway, with Robyn Stapleton. The songs will be taught in unison and harmony, spanning the themes of nature, farming, travel, and love! This workshop is suitable for all levels of singing experience. Multi award-winning singer Robyn Stapleton performs the songs of her Scottish and Irish heritage in the Scots, English and Gaelic languages. She is best known for her deeply emotive performances of traditional song and has collaborated with many of Scotland’s finest instrumentalists and leading ensembles. Accompanied by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, she has performed at Proms in the Park and for the BBC’s Burns Night celebrations.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue George Mackay Brown Library

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Poetry

Poetry... More or Less

(Sat 15 Jun: 11:30am) Join the Edinburgh School of Poets for a pop-up reading in the relaxed surroundings of the Storytelling Court.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Workshop, Gaelic, Song

Gaelic Songs from the Hebrides with Mischa Macpherson

(Sat 15 Jun: 1:30pm) Suitable for both Gaelic and non-Gaelic speakers, this workshop will focus on Scottish Gaelic songs from the Hebrides and include a diverse selection of material including waulking songs, lullabies and puirt-a-beul (mouth music). Workshop suitable for all abilities and no Gaelic required. Gaelic singer Mischa Macpherson unearthed her love for traditional music and song growing up in the Outer Hebrides. A recipient of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and MG ALBA Gaelic Singer of the Year, her career has seen her perform across the UK, Europe, Australia, Canada and India, and collaborate with renowned musicians including Carlos Núñez (Galicia), Suraj and Chang Khan (Pakistan) and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue George Mackay Brown Library

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Music, Trad Arts

Plockton Music School Summer Tour 2024

(Tue 18 Jun: 7:30pm) Fifteen of the brightest and most promising young traditional musicians from the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music take their music on the road, featuring Gaelic and Scots song and new arrangements of traditional tunes. Since its inception the Centre, based in Plockton on the west coast of Scotland, has become nationally and internationally acclaimed, with alumni performing at Celtic Connections, Scots Fiddle Festival, Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton and Tartan Week in New York City. They have also performed at prestigious events at the Scotland Office, the European Parliament and the Palace of Holyrood House. Students of the Centre come from all over Scotland, including the Western and Northern Isles, ensuring that the Centre is truly national and all the many styles of Scotland’s traditional music and song are represented. Several of the students are fluent Gaelic speakers, and all of them are brought into contact with Gaelic and Scots.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Storytelling, New Writing

Cassandra

(Thu 20 Jun: 7:30pm) Cassandra sits in Apollo’s temple, tears drying on her cheeks, blood caked beneath her fingernails. The ritual fires are burning, incense thick in the air. Her body no longer feels like hers, the ghosts of Apollo's hands heavy on her hips. Her mind is shattering under the weight of a thousand prophecies, always true and never believed. By a Scottish mountainside, a spaewife is thrust under the waves of a loch, her prophecies ringing in the ears of her murderers. Orcadian witch Marian Ibster, put to the pyre, screams out to the sky as her lover watches her burn. A girl scrubs her skin red raw in an Edinburgh flat. She blasts pop music as she daubs climate slogans on cardboard protest placards, ignoring the prophecies whistling on the winds of Auld Reekie. Storyteller Ailsa Dixon invites the audience into the realms of a divinatory prophetic ritual, creating a liminal and transient space. Legends of prophetess and priestess, witch and survivor build bridges across time and space; prophecies, pyres, smoke and tears meld and blend together as Ailsa's personal story melts into the old myths. She explores intimate themes of climate activism, sexual assault, feminism and mental health which bleed together in this deeply personal exploration of what it means to be believed.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Exhibition

Exhibition: Otherworldly Tales

(Fri 21 Jun-Sun 21 Jul) An exhibition of paintings, poetry, glass, willow and talismanic jewellery created with gratitude for the quiet wisdom and wonder of the Otherworld. Brought to you by the Animus - Art for the World Soul collective, this spell-laden collection of wonderworkings builds a bridge to magic, inviting you to linger a moment in a heartland we've almost forgotten. Featuring Catkin van Hoppe's ethereal watercolours, jewellery inspired by sacred relics from Jesse Ball, illuminated glass by Shen Chökyi and work by Fergus Hall and Julie MacLeod.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Spoken Word, Poetry

Loud Poets

(Fri 21 Jun: 7:30pm) Don’t miss the next fantastic show from Scotland’s best spoken word night! From the laugh-out-loud funny, through the wonderfully surreal, to the thoughtful and emotional: Loud Poets continues to prove that spoken word offers something for everyone. “Loud Poets is tearing up the landscape, bringing the ancient art to contemporary audiences – spreading mirth, giggles and talent along the way.” - Corr Blimey “Go listen to Loud Poets and hear them say the things you’ve been trying to say yourself.” - Shane Koyczan “There’s a humour, poignancy and most of all confidence which serves to inspire.” - Scotsman This showcase was made possible by funding from Creative Scotland and the National Lottery.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Workshop, Development

Funding Applications - They're Not So Scary! with Ailie Robertson

(Sat 22 Jun: 11am) Are you thinking of applying for funding for a project but feeling intimidated by the form? Have you applied in the past but not been successful and lost confidence? Perhaps you don't know what's fundable in the first place? This practical workshop led by Ailie Robertson will take you through the process of writing a successful funding application. It aims to cover all aspects of structuring your application and offer tips and advice to ensure that your submissions have every chance of success. The workshop will focus on:• How to talk about yourself and your project• How to strengthen your proposal• How to address Creative Scotland's three strategic priorities and key areas of work• How to think about evaluating and monitoring your project• How to budget, including how to calculate in-kind costs There will also be a discussion section encouraging questions from participants ~~~~~~~~~~ Ailie Robertson has a multi-faceted career combining work as a performer, composer, researcher and educator. She has worked on projects with an array of organisations both in Scotland and Internationally, and enjoys helping other creatives bring their ideas to life.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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Storytelling

Guid Crack: Old Stories Made New

(Fri 28 June: 7:30pm) Join guest storyteller Niall Moorjani for an evening of storytelling where the old stories are rethought in playful and thought-provoking ways. Another fun and friendly session of Edinburgh’s monthly storytelling club held upstairs in the Waverley Bar, with the usual open-floor section for anyone to share a story, song or poem around the theme or otherwise. Hosted by Donald Smith. Niall Moorjani is a non-binary, mixed Scots-Indian writer and storyteller. They are fascinated by the fantastical, the historical, and the liminal and have written and performed many shows, including A Fairie Tale and Mohan: A Partition Story at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Scottish International Storytelling Festival. They are also the founder and host of the Tales at The Tavern open mic story night in London. Niall's work has been described as ‘genius reinvention of the form’ (Fringe of Colour).

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue The Waverley Bar

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Theatre, Comedy

The Astrolo-J Monologues

(Sat 29 Jun: 7:30pm) This is for all the girlies who love co-star and can’t afford therapy. Join Non-Binary Diva Jordy Joans at the afters in her very own living room for their first-ever interactive cabaret. Featuring original monologues about why dating men of all star signs doesn’t work and covering highs and lows of dating within Edinburgh’s queer community, Jordy’s funny, filthy and heart-wrenching stories about each zodiac sign will look back at a decade of sex and everything that didn’t go right. Spoiler alert: all these men are awful. You’ll be dancing along to twelve iconic pop tracks accompanying each heartbreak, as Jordy and her ex-lovers teach you that self-love really is the foundation of it all. With additional support from Naomi Head and Tash McPhillips, Jordy brings this preview show to the Netherbow Theatre at the Scottish Storytelling Centre this June for Pride Month.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Storytelling

Burgh Blatherers' Storytelling Ceilidh: Children of the Sun

(Wed 3 Jul: 7pm) Join Edinburgh's own Burgh Blatherers for the second of a regular open-floor storytelling night taking place throughout the year, a cosy gathering in the relaxed surroundings of the Storytelling Court with refreshments available from the Haggis Box Café. Hosted by Bob Mitchell and members of Burgh Blatherers storytelling club, who will transport you with their own stories and imaginative weavings while offering you the chance to tell your own tales!

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Theatre, New Writing

LIFE

(Sun 7 July: 3pm) Estelle models for The Artist. Despite decades of experience, she has never sat for a session like this and with such an outcome, both unexpected and inevitable. LIFE boldly mixes stillness, movement, silence, words and audience participation in creating theatre as art class, art class as theatre. You can join in, or simply watch the story emerge. Join Maria MacDonell (Miss Lindsay's Secret) and Mark Coleman for a work-in-progress performance of this exciting new work. The performance will be followed by a feedback session to which all are invited.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Spoken Word, Poetry

Loud Poets

(Fri 19 Jul: 7:30pm) Don’t miss the next fantastic show from Scotland’s best spoken word night! From the laugh-out-loud funny, through the wonderfully surreal, to the thoughtful and emotional: Loud Poets continues to prove that spoken word offers something for everyone. “Loud Poets is tearing up the landscape, bringing the ancient art to contemporary audiences – spreading mirth, giggles and talent along the way.” - Corr Blimey “Go listen to Loud Poets and hear them say the things you’ve been trying to say yourself.” - Shane Koyczan “There’s a humour, poignancy and most of all confidence which serves to inspire.” - Scotsman This showcase was made possible by funding from Creative Scotland and the National Lottery.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Storytelling

Guid Crack: Take Flight

(Fri 26 July: 7:30pm) The Guid Crack Club is being commandeered for one night only by Glasgow's own Village Storytelling Centre. Come join a raggle-taggle bunch of fresh voices as they take flight into a world of stories to make us soar. As always, bring a story to tell, a song to sing or anything else that can make our hearts fly and our lips quiver! This session will be led by storyteller Daniel Serridge with guests from the Village Storytelling Centre’s emerging storyteller scene. Daniel Serridge is a storyteller, community artist and facilitator who creates vibrant and exciting projects for all ages and abilities. Based at the Village Storytelling Centre in Glasgow, he tells stories and helps people to tell theirs, supporting everyone to see their experiences as pieces of artwork waiting to be told. His performance Orpheus | Orfeo was a highlight of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2023.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue The Waverley Bar

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Storytelling, Development

Movement & Voice

(Sat 31 Aug: 10:30am) 'I can see them standing on the other side of the flames, speaking in the voices of lions, or thunder, or monsters, or heroes, heroines, or the earth, or fire itself -- for they had to contain all voices within them, had to be all things and nothing.' (Ben Okri - A Way of Being Free) How can the body be both a tool for investigating a story, and a means of communicating with an audience? This workshop led by Jo Blake will empower you to connect with your audience through movement and voice to progress your skills and confidence. All bodies welcome in a creative and supportive environment, with an emphasis on exploration and curiosity. Please come with a story in mind that you feel happy to work with. Jo Blake is a performer, director, facilitator, teacher and curator whose performance practice sits at the intersection of storytelling, dance and theatre. She had a PhD in Emergent Storytelling Practices and is curious about the transformative power of embodied myth and acts of narration as cultural therapeutics. ~~~~~~~~~~ Pay it Forward If you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another person, you now can! Click the button above and select the ticket price to donate. We will then be able to offer a free place to someone who would not have been able to attend otherwise. If you feel the Pay It Forward scheme would benefit you and would like to request a free ticket please email our Reception Team where you will be allocated a ticket if available. We hold 1 space per workshop for Pay It Forward requests.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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Workshop, Development

How to Set Up a Small Tour: with Katch Holmes

(Sat 21 Sep: 11am) In this workshop Katch will teach you how to arrange a live tour to perform and promote your music, with special focus on how musicians who may be just starting out or don't have representation can build festival and venue contacts, approach promoters, negotiate fees, advance their shows and promote their tour. The workshop will include breakouts for discussion and Q&A about the aspects of touring of the most interest to you. Katch Holmes has worked in the music industry in Scotland for 25 years. She has represented artists, commissioned new music, produced residencies and promoted gigs with folk and crossover music acts through her company Off Site Productions. She organises Knockengorroch roots music festival in Dumfries and Galloway. She sat on WOMEX selection panels in 2021 and 2017 and is a Relational Dynamics business coach working with professional creatives.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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Storytelling

Burgh Blatherers' Storytelling Ceilidh: Secrets and Lies

(Wed 2 Oct: 7pm) Join Edinburgh's own Burgh Blatherers for the second of a regular open-floor storytelling night taking place throughout the year, a cosy gathering in the relaxed surroundings of the Storytelling Court with refreshments available from the Haggis Box Café. Hosted by Bob Mitchell and members of Burgh Blatherers storytelling club, who will transport you with their own stories and imaginative weavings while offering you the chance to tell your own tales!

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Workshop, Storytelling

Starting with Stories

(Sat 16 Nov: 10:30am) A hands-on, practical introduction to live storytelling and the associated skills. Storyteller Janis Mackay leads this participatory session for anyone curious about discovering and developing their own storytelling talent. Let out your inner storyteller and learn to craft your skills. For new and aspiring storytellers. Janis Mackay is an award-winning storyteller and author based in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she also teaches creative writing. She is the author of The Fairy Song, The Selkie Girl, and the Magnus Fin and Accidental Time Traveller trilogies. Janis also facilitates the Scottish Storytelling Forum's Apprentice Storyteller programme. ~~~~~~~~~~ Our participatory sessions are designed to help you improve your skills and share your experiences with fellow storytelling enthusiasts. This carefully curated workshop programme offers you the chance to work with highly-skilled and experienced artists, giving you guidance on improving your practice and discovering your own talent. Did you know? Members of the Scottish Storytelling Forum are entitled to discounted rates on our storytelling workshops. For more information on memberships please visit the Storytelling Forum website. ~~~~~~~~~~ Pay it Forward If you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another person, you now can! Click the button above and select the ticket price to donate. We will then be able to offer a free place to someone who would not have been able to attend otherwise. If you feel the Pay It Forward scheme would benefit you and would like to request a free ticket please email our Reception Team where you will be allocated a ticket if available. We hold 1 space per workshop for Pay It Forward requests.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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Theatre, Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

Men Don't Talk

(Sat 16 Nov: 7:30pm & Sun 17 Nov: 2:30pm) Three men find banter, bird boxes and biscuits in a fictional shed. Clare Prenton’s poignant, hilarious, moving and thought-provoking play explores the myth that ‘men don’t talk’, celebrating companionship, camaraderie and custard creams. Written following cups of tea, cake and spirited conversations with real ‘shedders’, the play welcomes audiences into a friendly fictional shed, inspired by real men's stories. Presented in conjunction with the Scottish Men's Shed Association, the play has been praised in the Scottish Parliament for promoting the benefits of this growing mental health and wellbeing movement - vital in Scotland today.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Podcast, Storytelling, On Demand

Another Story (Podcast)

(Online On-Demand) Another Story is a new podcast series exploring some of the themes featured in this year’s Festival. Tune in to hear some wonderful storytellers share their favourite tales and chat about storytelling in Scotland and beyond. So settle down, or speed on up, to join us for another story… Available wherever you get your podcasts, including Spotify, Apple, Google and Amazon. Follow us by liking and subscribing so you don’t miss an episode! Listen Here

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Music, Storytelling, Online Pre-Recorded

Blue City: A Storytelling Journey along Edinburgh's Coastline

Explore Edinburgh as a city by the sea by enjoying this specially created story film. Follow the coastline from Fisherrow, on the boundary with East Lothian, to South Queensferry. A trail of harbours and wildlife havens that glimmers with stories from folklore, history and ecology. Devised by the SISF with storytellers Beverley Casebow, Douglas Mackay, Janis Mackay, Linda Perttula, Nicola Wright and Donald Smith, with music by Kenneth Linklater and the Bowling Ceilidh Band. Produced in support of the Forth Rivers Trust and Restoration Forth, Blue City: A Storytelling Journey along Edinburgh's Coastline is free to access. This film will be available on YouTube from Fri 14 Oct. View the film ~~~~~~~~~~ Over the past two years we have enjoyed being part of a fantastic online storytelling community across the world. We would love to further connect with you in our digital storytelling and development sessions, so whether you are based in Scotland, or further afield, let’s keep that fire lit on our global platforms. ~~~~~~~~~~ In Scotland’s Year of Stories, the Scottish International Storytelling Festival: Keep It Lit invites everyone to the ceilidh; locally, nationally and globally. At the core of Scotland’s culture and identity is the hospitable hearth - a place of solidarity and welcome for friend and stranger alike. Round that symbolic fire, experiences and memories are shared and hope affirmed.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Pre-Recorded

Green City: Healing and Hope

Green City: Healing and Hope is a new storytelling film exploring the grassroots movement to turn Edinburgh green. The struggle for net zero will be won or lost in cities, so how is Edinburgh doing after 900 years as a burgh? Hear directly from people and places who think global and act local. Green City is a companion piece to Blue City (2022), which explored Edinburgh as a city by the sea. Narrated by Donald Smith, with contributions from fellow storytellers and activists. Co-Directed by Sandy McGhie (Channel 7A) & Donald Smith. Produced by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, Green City: Healing and Hope will be free to access from Friday 16th February 2024. View the film

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Storytelling, Online Pre-Recorded, Film

Map of Stories: Film Ceilidhs (Online On-Demand)

Enjoy several multimedia storytelling performances filmed live in the Scottish Storytelling Centre's Netherbow Theatre in October 2022, where a world of local Scottish stories unfolds through the live voices of traditional storytellers and site-specific film footage of the landscapes they emerge from. Featuring stories from Dumfries and Galloway, the North East, Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and Perth and Kinross. ~~~~~~~~~~ These live performances were part of Tales, Tongues and Trails, a celebration of regional and international language, landscape and identities for the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2022. Map of Stories YouTube playlist of all five Film Ceilidhs Scottish International Storytelling Festival Live filming by Sandy McGhie (Channel 7A). ~~~~~~~~~~ Map of Stories is a collaboration between Transgressive North, Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland and Rectangle Design, supported by Creative Scotland and EventScotland as part of Scotland's Year of Stories 2022.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre Online

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Map of Stories: Film Ceilidhs (Online On-Demand)

Enjoy several multimedia storytelling performances filmed live in the Scottish Storytelling Centre's Netherbow Theatre in October 2022, where a world of local Scottish stories unfolds through the live voices of traditional storytellers and site-specific film footage of the landscapes they emerge from. Featuring stories from Dumfries and Galloway, the North East, Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and Perth and Kinross. ~~~~~~~~~~ These live performances were part of Tales, Tongues and Trails, a celebration of regional and international language, landscape and identities for the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2022. Map of Stories YouTube playlist of all five Film Ceilidhs Scottish International Storytelling Festival Live filming by Sandy McGhie (Channel 7A). ~~~~~~~~~~ Map of Stories is a collaboration between Transgressive North, Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland and Rectangle Design, supported by Creative Scotland and EventScotland as part of Scotland's Year of Stories 2022.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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FISHING: An Exhibition by Stephanïe Vandëm

(Fri 3 May-Sat 15 Jun) FISHING is a modern exploration of contemporary identities and heritage. Artist Stephanïe Vandëm imaginatively combines oil painting and mixed media materials salvaged from the shoreline to creatively evoke the connections between the communities of the North East of Scotland and their fishing heritage. The artist draws from the rich traditions of Renaissance and Latin American art to create semi-sculptural pieces that deep dive into the pressing environmental & identity concerns of our time. The work repurposes the discarded fragments of our plastic-heavy society, merging them into intriguing jigsaw-puzzle images that evoke our possible shared futures. The calm and simplicity of the painted sections of the artwork contrast with the more complex three-dimensional mixed media elements which convey movement despite the heavy-layered look of the work. Weathered figures, chopped up lobster creels and everyday objects are ‘fossilized’ in cement, resin, sand and plastic, creating intriguing new structures that come away from the painted surface.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Music, Poetry, Dance, International

Sangs and Clatter/Piosenki i Gwar

(Tue 21 May: 7pm) Edinburgh's Scottish Polish Cultural Association, with support from the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland and Kraków City Council, presents an evening showcasing the artistic output of Scotland, Poland and Ukraine. This year's concert celebrates the well-established links between Edinburgh and Kraków, with the songs of Scotland's national bard Robert Burns sung by Nicola Alexander and a short story from writer and actor Dave Robb. Also featuring the contemporary songs of Poland's Tamara Kalinowska, a well-established singer-songwriter both in her own right and at Kraków's famous cabaret club Piwnica Pod Baranami. Natalya Ditkivska playing Bach represents Edinburgh's Ukrainian community, plus a display from the Ukrainian dance studio Kvity Ukrainy.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Storytelling

Stories on the Way: When Yellow's on the Broom

(Wed 22 May: 7:30pm) The yellow is on the broom and a spring is in full flow, so join us for a celebration of Traveller tales and stories of journey as we head towards summer time. A lovely evening of live storytelling in the relaxed setting of the Netherbow Theatre, where our amazing apprentice storytellers will show off their skills and explore this quarter's theme. Hosted by Janis Mackay, with a host of new storytelling voices, including Emilie Barr (Seelie Wight Stories), Mary Baxter, Fiona Ferguson, Jack Forester, Ryan Martin, Lababa Naqvi, Jen Newall, Katie Proven and David G Pullar!

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Music

Spring Sessions with Innes Watson & Rory Matheson

(Thu 23 May: 1pm) Join renowned traditional musicians Innes Watson and Rory Matheson aka Innoduo for a pop-up session in the relaxed surroundings of the Storytelling Court as part of their Scotland-wide tour.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Falastin Film Festival

Infiltrators متسللون

(Fri 24 May: 12:30pm) The checkpoint is closed. “Detour, detour!” shouts a taxi driver, announcing the beginning of yet another uncertain search for a way around the barriers curtailing Palestinian movement in the West Bank. Infiltrators (PG) 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. Following this high stakes “game” of cat and mouse with a handheld video camera, Khaled Jarrarʼs debut documentary was the standout success at the 2012 Dubai International Film Festival, winning the Muhr Arab Documentary Prize, the Special Jury Prize, and the International Critics Prize. The screening will be followed by a virtual Q&A with the director. Genre: Documentary, Action | Year of Release: 2012 | Original Language: Arabic | Subtitles: English | Content warning: disorienting visuals ~~~~~ Khaled Jarrar, born in Jenin, completed his studies in Interior design at the Palestine Polytechnic University in 1996 and entered the field of photography in 2004. In 2011 he graduated as visual artist from the International Academy of Art, Palestine. His first exhibition took place in public space at the checkpoints of Howarra and Qalandya. Jarrar started making films and videos in 2008, among them Journey. He has taken part in international art events including Art Basel 41, Instant video, London Film Festival, the International Contemporary Art Fair “FIAC” in Paris and Berlin Biennale 7. ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Falastin Film Festival

Time-Space: A Collection of Short Films

(Fri 24 May: 3:30pm) A collection of short films exploring themes and experiences of time and space. All films are subtitled in English. The screenings will be followed by a Q&A discussion led by Rita Mahfouz, filmmaker and visual artist from Lebanon. ~~~~~ Silent Protest المظاهرة الصامتة (PG) by Mahasen Nasser-EldinOn 26 October 1929, Palestinian women launched their women’s movement in Jerusalem. Approximately 300 women converged into the city from all over Palestine. They held a silent demonstration through a car convoy across the city in protest at the British High Commissioner’s bias against Arabs in the Buraq uprising. This is their story on that day. Genre: Documentary, Historical, Archives | Year of Release: 2019 | Original Language: Arabic | Subtitles: English Nation Estate (12A) by Larissa SansourIn this sci-fi short, one colossal high-rise houses the entire Palestinian population – now finally living the high life. With a glossy mixture of computer-generated imagery, live actors and an arabesque electronic soundtrack, Nation Estate explores a vertical solution to Palestinian statehood where each city has its own floor and intercity trips previously marred by checkpoints are now made by elevator. Genre: Short, Science-Fiction, Dystopian | Year of Release: 2013 | Original Languages: Arabic, English | Subtitles: English Canada Park حديقة كندا (12A) by Razan AlSalahI walk on snow to fall unto the desert. I find myself on unceded indigenous territory in so called Canada, an exile unable to return to Palestine. I trespass the colonial border as a digital spectre floating through Ayalon-Canada Park, transplanted over three Palestinian villages razed by the Israeli Occupation Forces in 1967. Canada Park is an experimental video poem exploring the politics of dis/appearance of Palestine as narrativized, mapped and imaged in Google Streetview and early 20th century colonial landscape photography of the ‘Holy Land’. Genre: Short, Experimental, Poem | Year of Release: 2020 | Original Languages: Arabic, English | Subtitles: English ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Falastin Film Festival

3000 Nights ٣٠٠٠ ليلة

(Fri 24 May: 6pm) 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. Genre: Drama, Documentary, Crime Fiction | Year of Release: 2015 | Original Languages: Arabic, Hebrew, English | Subtitles: English | Content warning: scenes of torture, imprisonment, colonial violence The main feature will be preceded by short film Freedom is Mine by Mahmoud Salameh. It will be followed by a Q&A with Sahar Francis, director of Addameer Prisoner Support. ~~~~~ Mai Masri is a Palestinian filmmaker who studied at San Francisco State University, USA. Her films have been screened worldwide and won over 90 awards. Recognized for her work that focuses on women and children in a humanistic and poetic approach, her feature film, 3000 Nights (2015) had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival and won 28 awards. Mai worked closely with her late husband, filmmaker Jean Chamoun, and earned international acclaim for films including Children of Fire, Woman for Her Time, Children of Shatila, Frontiers of Dreams and Fears, Beirut Diaries and Wildflowers. Since 2006, Sahar Francis has been the Director of Ramallah-based Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, a Palestinian NGO providing legal and advocacy support to Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli and Palestinian prisons. With over twenty years of human rights experience, including human rights counseling and representation, Ms. Francis also was on the Board of Defence for Children International – Palestine Section for 4 years. Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association (Addameer) is a Palestinian non-governmental human rights civil institution that focuses on political and civil rights issues in the occupied Palestinian territory, especially those of prisoners. Established in Jerusalem in 1991 by a group of activists and human rights advocates, Addameer offers support to Palestinian prisoners and detainees, advocates for the rights of political prisoners, and works to end torture and arbitrary detention and to guarantee fair trials through monitoring, legal procedures and advocacy campaigns. ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Falastin Film Festival

R21 AKA Restoring Solidarity

(Fri 24 May: 9pm) The growing struggle for Palestinian self-determination between 1960 and 1980 was supported by radical left-wing movements worldwide, also in Japan. This is illustrated by R21 AKA Restoring Solidarity (12A), a collection of 16mm films by militant filmmakers from various countries, which were dubbed and screened in Japan. Their Japanese audiences felt oppressed by the US after World War II, and not only sympathised but also identified with the Palestinians. The screening will be followed by a virtual Q&A with the director. Genre: Documentary, Experimental, Historical, Archives | Year of Release: 2022 | Original Languages: Japanese, Arabic, English | Subtitles: English | Content warning: scenes of bombing and massacre ~~~~~ Mohanad Yaqubi is a filmmaker, producer, and one of the founders of the Ramallah-based production outfit Idioms Film, as well as of the research and curatorial collective Subversive Films which focuses on militant film practices. He is a resident researcher at KASK- School of the Arts in Gent, Belgium where he researches archival structures within transnational solidarity movements, while considering politics, aesthetics and cinema, at the same time, re-thinking imperfect archives as a mechanism to bridge living memories. ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Falastin Film Festival, Film

Childhood Under Occupation: A Collection of Short Films

(Sat 25 May: 11am) 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. ~~~~~ Maradona’s Legs إجرين مارادونا (U) by Firas KhouryDuring the 1990 World Cup, two young Palestinian boys are looking for “Maradona’s legs”; the last missing sticker that they need in order to complete their world cup album and win a free Atari. Genre: Comedy, Sports, Short | Year of Release: 2019 | Original Language: Arabic | Subtitles: English | Content warning: strong language Ayny عيني (12A) by Ahmad SalehTwo young boys run away from their mother’s protection and slack line on the danger of war to play music with the instrument they always dreamt to have. Genre: Stop-motion Animation, Short | Year of Release: 2016 | Original Language: Arabic | Subtitles: English | Content warning: harm by landmine, not suitable for children The Present الهدية (PG) by Farah NabulsiOn his wedding anniversary, Yusef and his young daughter set out in the West Bank to buy his wife a gift. Between soldiers, segregated roads and checkpoints, how easy is it to go shopping? Genre: Drama, Narrative, Short | Year of Release: 2020 | Original Languages: Arabic, English | Subtitles: English Zoo حديقة الحیوان (12A) by Tariq RimawiWandering through the Worst Zoo in the World, Sami is looking for his football. The lone boy finds more than that when he encounters the little tiger Laziz, who follows him on his quest to find a safe place to play. Genre: Drama, Animation, Short | Year of Release: 2022 | Original Language: Arabic | Subtitles: English Hide & Seek غُميضة by Rami AbbasAn animated short film narrating the story of a child and his fish on their journey into the unknown, following the raid on the child’s town during the ongoing war ravaging his country. The short film captures the steps of this journey and its transformations. Genre: Animation, Drama | Year of Release: 2024 | Original Language: Silent Uncle… Give Me A Cigarette عمي اعطيني سيجارة (12A) by Union of Palestinian Women's Committees and interns from Birzeit UniversityAwaiting a prison transfer, Walid receives a strange request in a mysterious whisper… Collaborating with a team of girls from the Union of Palestinian Women's Committees and interns from Birzeit University, the group transformed Walid Dakka's narrative into a short stop-motion film using wire armatures and paper mache. Genre: Drama, Stop-motion Animation, Short | Year of Release: 2023 | Original Language: Arabic | Subtitles: English | Content warning: colonial and carceral violence, not suitable for children ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Falastin Film Festival, Film

On Gaza: A Collection of Short Films

(Sat 25 May: 1:30pm) 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, a collective which trains the next generation of Palestinian writers to publish their stories in English. ~~~~~ Between Two Crossings بين معبرين (PG) by Yassir Murtaja and Rushdi Al-SarrajA documentary film following the journey of Nour, a Palestinian student from Gaza with a scholarship to enrol in Portland State University in the United States. In order to get there, Nour struggles to find a way to travel through the only two gates separating the Gaza Strip from the rest of the world: Erez Checkpoint, controlled by Israel; and Rafah Crossing, controlled by Egypt. Director Yassir Murtaja was a Palestinian journalist and filmmaker from Gaza. He was shot and killed by an Israeli sniper while covering the Great March of Return on April 6, 2018. Many people around the world witnessed Yassir’s wish before he died through his Facebook status: that one day he wanted to be able to see Gaza and the world from the window of an aeroplane. Co-director Rushdi Al-Sarraj was Yassir's best friend and creative partner. He was killed in Gaza on October 22, 2023, by a targeted bomb from an Israeli warplane dropped on his house. We share this film in honour of their memory. Genre: Documentary | Year of Release: 2018 | Original Language: Arabic | Subtitles: English Gaza, Footbullet غزة رصاصه بالقدم (U) by Iyad AlasttalA team of amputee Palestinian footballers prepare to meet their French counterparts as part of a series of sporting, cultural and solidarity meetings. Genre: Documentary, Sports | Year of Release: 2021| Original Languages: Arabic, French | Subtitles: English ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Falastin Film Festival, Free

In Conversation with Malak Mattar

(Sat 25 May: 4:30pm) How does occupation and siege affect art and individual artists? Is it possible to look at art from occupied areas without considering the restrictions on freedom and other rights? What role has art in the Palestinian resistance? In this conversation, Palestinian artist Malak Mattar will sit down to share her experiences and discuss the role of art as activism, cultural resistance, assertions of identity, and ongoing shifts in Palestinian narratives, while sharing her journey as an artist in the besieged Gaza. The conversation will be moderated by Bayan Haddad. ~~~~~ Malak Mattar was born in 1999 in the Gaza Strip and grew up under occupation and the military siege. From a family of talented cultural practitioners, Mattar started making art as a teenager during a period of open conflict (Operation Protective Edge, 2014), She has a Masters of Fine Art from Central Saint Martin’s, London, in 2023. Soon after arriving in the UK, Mattar’s entire world was turned upside down, causing her work to undergo a dramatic shift in style, subject matter and palette. While artist-in-residence at An Effort in Central London (December 2023–February 2024), she documented the genocide in her homeland through a series of mostly monochrome drawings and paintings. She later combined these scenes into a monumental greyscale painting called No Words. “It needs to be completely horrific,” she stated while making the work, “otherwise it will not accurately reflect the genocide.” Mattar has come to Edinburgh for her debut Scottish exhibition Screams. Her works will be exhibited at Embassy Gallery from 23-27 May and the In Vitro Gallery at Summerhall from 7-28 June. Bayan Haddad is a Palestinian scholar and an instructor of English literature at Birzeit University. She is the George Antonius Birzeit Visiting Fellow for 2024 and she researches fiction from Palestine and Northern Ireland in light of trauma studies. ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Falastin Film Festival, Film

Foragers اليد الخضراء

(Sat 25 May: 6:30pm) 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. Shot in the Golan Heights, the Galilee and Jerusalem, Foragers employs fiction, documentary and archival footage to portray the impact of Israeli "nature protection" laws on these customs. The restrictions prohibit the collection of the artichoke-like ’akkoub and za’atar (thyme), and have resulted in fines and trials for hundreds caught collecting these native plants. Following the plants from the wild to the kitchen, from the chases between the foragers and the nature patrol to courtroom defences, Foragers (PG) captures the joy and knowledge embodied in these traditions alongside their resilience to the prohibitive law and raises questions around the politics of extinction - who determines what is made extinct and what gets to live on. The screening will be followed by a virtual Q&A with Rabea Eghbariah. Genre: Documentary | Year of Release: 2022 | Original Languages: Arabic, Hebrew | Subtitles: English ~~~~~ Jumana Manna was born in Princeton, USA and currently lives in Berlin, Germany. She is a Palestinian artist whose work shifts between sculpture and film, body and land, narrative and form. Her practice explores how power is articulated through relationships, often focusing on the body and materiality in relation to narratives of nationalism and histories of place. Foragers co-writer Rabea Eghbariah is a human rights attorney completing his doctoral studies at Harvard Law School. He worked as an appellate public defender before joining the Haifa-based Adalah Legal Center, where he argued major Palestinian civil and political rights cases. ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Falastin Film Festival, Storytelling, Food and Drink

Palestinian Supper Club

(Sat 25 May: 8:30pm) Enjoy dinner and live storytelling featuring Glasgow-based Palestinian chefs Hiba and her daughter Dana of Hiba’s Palestinian Kitchen, as well as Edinburgh-based Palestinian author and cook Diline Abushaban. Share delicious dishes that embody the richness and diversity of Palestinian cuisine, and listen to stories told by Hiba, Dana, and Diline on the symbolism and history behind these ingredients. ~~~~~ Hiba’s Palestinian Kitchen is founded by a mother & daughter wanting to spread Palestinian cuisine and heritage across Scotland. Their mission is to resist by keeping their dishes alive. Diline Abushaban is an author and speaker, originally from Gaza, living in Scotland for 17 years. Diline is passionate about healing and inspiring people to live mindfully and heal their lives. Since the start of the ongoing genocide, Diline has been speaking, writing and sharing stories to challenge the dehumanisation of the Palestinian people and grieve the deep losses they are experiencing. ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Workshop, Falastin Film Festival, Family-friendly, Storytelling

Children & Family Day

(Sun 26 May: 11am-4pm) This space will be open for families and children to come spend some time and engage in activities around Palestine. Join in with craft activities, colouring books, storytelling, henna, reading materials for all ages, and children's books in Arabic! Drop-in any time from 11am to 4pm. If you wish to attend any of scheduled activities below, arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time to sign up. Spots are limited due to space constraints. Scheduled Activities 11:30am-12pm: Rajiv's Starry Feelings with Niall MoorjaniJoin Niall for a reading of their new book. Aimed at ages 2-6 years. 12pm-12:30pm: Storytelling for 6+ with Niall MoorjaniNiall will tell adventurous stories about standing tall in the face of adversity. Aimed at ages 6-9 years. Niall Moorjani is a writer and storyteller who has performed all over the world. Their work is inspired by history, identity, myth and folklore. 1pm-2:30pm: Arts & Crafts Workshop: What Does Palestine Mean to Me?This collage and colouring workshop for children and parents alike will be led by Mourad Diouri. Mourad is the founder of the Edinburgh Arab Festival and teaching fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Mourad is also the founder of Mosaic Tree Press, a publishing company whose books will feature at the festival and guide this workshop. 3pm-4pm: Introduction to TatreezJoin Riwaa Joma to learn the basics of Palestinian embroidery, tatreez. Tatreez is a form of Palestinian embroidery typically sewn on garments which employs a range of symbols including birds, trees and flowers. Historically, tatreez was practised in the rural areas and each village or region had their unique patterns. Tatreez is an artful practice of resistance whose power has resisted war, destruction, and expulsion. Today, the art is common practice across the diaspora, recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage. The workshop aims to introduce you to the basics of tatreez, all materials will be provided. ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Falastin Film Festival, Film

Emerging Palestinian Filmmakers: A Collection of Short Films

(Sun 26 May: 11am) This diverse array of films were all submitted to the Festival by emerging Palestinian filmmakers. From the resolve to resist house demolitions, to the courageous risking of personal safety to document the realities of occupation, each story encapsulates a unique facet of sacrifice. Others delve into the everyday struggles of acquiring basic necessities, the grief of martyrdom, and the internal battles of self-acceptance. These films serve as powerful testimonies to the steadfast resilience and humanity of the Palestinian experience, shedding light on the multifaceted dimensions of sacrifice that define that reality. Through their artistry, these emerging filmmakers offer profound insights into the shared struggles and enduring spirit of a people determined to assert their dignity and rights in the face of injustice. All films are subtitled in English. ~~~~~ Eitr عطر by Fateema Al-Hamaydeh MillerGrinding away at the family business, Mohamed works tirelessly selling knock-off perfume, while living as a knock-off version of his true self. Eitr explores queerness in the context of Arab culture and family structure, leading into secret worlds that we build for ourselves and how we share them with others. Genre: Romantic Dramedy | Year of Release: 2023 | Languages: English, Arabic Shattered Memory ذاكرة مهشمة by Hayat LabbanThe documentary honours the memory of photojournalist Mahfouz Abu Turk and explores the archive through which he documented the events he experienced in the city of Jerusalem and the West Bank from the first intifada in 1987 until the end of the 1990s. Genre: Documentary, Archive | Year of Release: 2023 | Original Language: Arabic | Subtitles: English Zawaya زوايا by Mira HajhassanSiham and her goldfish, Tooteh, find themselves trapped in a half-empty house by an oppressive system that lives inside their walls and will soon begin demolishing them. As danger approaches, Siham uses her imagination to process her pain and resist the oppression. Genre: Drama, Dystopian | Year of Release: 2023 | Original Language: Arabic | Subtitles: English For You لأجلك by Mahmoud Hamdan The film revolves around the friends of the martyr, paramedic and dancer Sajed Mizher, exploring their psychological state and emotions following his martyrdom. The film presents, in an experimental visual style, scenes from before, during, and after his martyrdom. Genre: Experimental Documentary | Year of Release: 2022 | Language: Arabic | Subtitles: English Does Not Exist ما في by Rami AhmadYousef and his grandfather Saeed are Palestinian-Syrian refugees who fled from the Syrian war in Yarmouk to live in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, where Youssef struggles to keep his grandfather alive. Genre: Docu-Fiction | Original Language: Arabic | Subtitles: English ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Falastin Film Festival, Film

Amreeka امريكا

(Sun 26 May: 2pm) 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. Told with heartfelt humour by Palestinian American writer-director Cherien Dabis in her feature film debut, Amreeka (12A) explores family experiences of immigration and the first-generation teenagers caught between their heritage and their new world. Genre: Comedy, Drama | Year of Release: 2009 | Original Languages: Arabic, English, French | Subtitles: English | Content warning: marijuana use ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Falastin Film Festival, Film

Lyd لد

(Sun 26 May: 6pm) 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. The screening will be followed by a virtual Q&A with the director(s). Genre: Documentary, Science Fiction | Year of Release: 2023 | Original Language: Arabic | Subtitles: English | Content warning: descriptions of massacre ~~~~~ Rami Younis is a Palestinian filmmaker, writer and journalist from Lyd. Younis currently hosts a daily news show called On the Other Hand on Israel's national broadcasting corporation's Arabic channel which counters misinformation about Palestinian residents of 48 - those who live in areas annexed by Israel in 1948. He is also co-founder and manager of the first ever “Palestine Music Expo” – an event that connects the local Palestinian music scene to the worldwide industry. Sarah Friedland is a filmmaker and artist rooted in creative nonfiction. She is also an educator and the Director of the John B. Moore Documentary Collaborative at Skidmore College. Sarah was named one of the “Top 10 Independent Filmmakers to Watch” by the Independent Magazine. ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Falastin Film Festival, Music

Listening Gaza

(Sun 26 May: 9pm) Gazelleband present the music of Palestine and beyond through the medium of traditional string instruments, the oud and buzuq. Led by Gazan oud player Reem Anbar and Irish-Mancunian music researcher Louis Brehony, the group perform internationally at concerts halls, festivals, universities and solidarity gatherings. The only Scotland date in their worldwide tour, this Gazelleband performance features a new set of improvised and traditional tunes, blended with Palestinian storytelling. The musical performance will be preceded by a reading by Bayan Haddad. What does it mean to write in times of emergency? Writers from Gaza are living, witnessing and documenting the genocide as it unfolds. How can we amplify their voices? What is the role of the reader? Hear a reading of voices from Gaza and discussion of meaningful interventions to actualise their messages. ~~~~~ Reem Anbar was raised in Gaza. She rose to prominence in the early 2000s with an affinity for tarab - the ecstatic traditions of Arab regional music - and the Palestinian heritage of song. Reem absorbed the lessons of older generations of oud players and forged her own path as a self-taught player. By the time she left Palestine in 2017, Reem was appearing regularly on Palestinian and Arabic TV, at concerts, and working as a music therapist and teacher in Gaza’s refugee camps. She has since gone on to become an international performer. Louis Brehony is a musician, activist, researcher and educator. He is author of the book Palestinian Music in Exile: Voices of Resistance (2023), editor of Ghassan Kanafani: Selected Political Writings (2024), and director of the award-winning film Kofia: A Revolution Through Music (2021). He writes regularly on Palestine and political culture and performs internationally as a buzuq player and guitarist. Bayan Haddad is a Palestinian scholar and an instructor of English literature at Birzeit University. She is the George Antonius Birzeit Visiting Fellow for 2024 and researches fiction from Palestine and Northern Ireland in light of trauma studies. ~~~~~ Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally. Visit their website falastinfilmfest.com or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Visual Art, True-life, Storytelling

The Yellow Canary

(Tue 28 - Thu 30 May) Based on a true story, The Yellow Canary 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. Performance-maker Tashi Gore uncovers the real-life journey her uncle Bernard took as a young Jewish boy, forced to leave his home city of Paris with just his parents and his pet canary for company. Combining live storytelling, testimony, and digital animation, The Yellow Canary brings together visual theatre expert Ross MacKay, playwright Will Gore, and director Jess Thorpe in a compelling and timely performance. Book Tickets ~~~~~~~~~~ The Edinburgh International Children’s Festival is back for 2024, featuring 14 productions from 9 countries for children to discover. This year’s Festival opens with Family Encounters on Saturday 25 May, a day of free pop-up performances and interactive activities at the National Museum of Scotland. The Festival then runs until Sunday 2 June, with a jam-packed programme of circus, dance, storytelling and theatre for young people and their families. Featuring a Spotlight on Catalonia and two brand new works by Scottish companies, this year’s Festival once again pushes boundaries, exploring the highs and lows of the human condition, while always considering the perspective and viewpoint of the child. From intimate sensory works for babies, to circus shows and promenade performances, from exploration of our consumerist behaviour to racial discrimination, there truly is something for everyone.  More Info

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Music, Storytelling, Gaelic, Dance

Cèilidh Mhòr Bothan

(Fri 31 May: 6pm) Tha Bothan 21 bliadhna a dh'aois! Cha ghabh e creidsinn! As dhèidh seisean ciùil againn san fheasgar, bidh sgeulachdan againn bhon rannsaiche Uibhisteach Curstaidh Dhòmhnallach, agus bidh cèilidh thraidiseanta againn, le dannsa traidiseanta, bho chòmhlan òg Gàidhlig West Loch Ceilidh Band. Edinburgh’s Gaelic Language Music and Culture Club, Bothan Dhùn Èideann, is celebrating its 21st Anniversary. Please come along for an excellent evening of stories, songs, music and dance with music by the West Loch Ceilidh Band. The event is in Gaelic.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Storytelling

Guid Crack: Laughter Lines

(Fri 31 May: 7:30pm) Some stories can make you weep, provoke fits of pique or leave you pondering the mysteries of the universe... But these are not those! Join Franziska Droll for jests, jokes and japes - lighthearted tales to make you sing, clap and laugh out loud. You're guaranteed to leave with a skip in your step. Edinburgh’s monthly storytelling club held upstairs in the Waverley Bar, with the usual open-floor section for anyone to share a story, song or poem around the theme or otherwise. Hosted by Joanne Marr. Franziska Droll was born and bred in the Black Forest, Germany, and moved to Scotland after falling in love with the country and the people. She loves to tell traditional Scottish stories as well as tales from her homeland and myths and legends from all around the world. Her style is interactive and entertaining, and a story is often accompanied by a song and sometimes together with the sound of her ukulele or moon drum. No story is like the other, but they will all leave you with a smile.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue The Waverley Bar

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Workshop, Storytelling, Development

More Than Telling: Workshop with Daniel Serridge

(Sat 18 May & Sat 1 Jun: 10:30am) Do you have a desire to facilitate long-term meaningful storytelling projects? Do you want to explore in greater depth the fundamentals of working with groups of all ages and abilities? In this 2-day training you’ll take a deep dive into the tools and techniques of facilitation, from group dynamics to safeguarding, from structure to pacing, from planning to delivery. Storyteller Dan Serridge and The Village Storytelling Centre will support you to think more deeply about the complex nature of storytelling projects, their ethical implications and what it takes to support groups to engage, connect and be inspired. Dan Serridge is a storyteller, community artist and facilitator who creates vibrant and exciting community projects for all ages and abilities. He tells stories and helps people to tell theirs, supporting everyone to see their experiences as pieces of artwork waiting to be told. Through a combination of the personal and folkloric Dan explores the power of metaphor and meaning that sharing stories can hold. The Village Storytelling Centre improves lives and empowers communities by bringing people together, inspiring them to find, shape and share their voice and to realise their potential through the power of Storytelling. All of their work supports positive social interaction, the development of friendships and support networks for the most disadvantaged or marginalised communities. ~~~~~~~~~~ Pay it Forward If you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another person, you now can! Click the button above and select the ticket price to donate. We will then be able to offer a free place to someone who would not have been able to attend otherwise. If you feel the Pay It Forward scheme would benefit you and would like to request a free ticket please email our Reception Team where you will be allocated a ticket if available. We hold 1 space per workshop for Pay It Forward requests.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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Theatre, Storytelling

The Moira Trilogy

(Sat 1 Jun: 6:30pm) Cleaner and single-mum Moira lets rip about her neighbour’s dug, blasting oot Diana Ross at the Scotia karaoke night, watching Scotland get gubbed (again), dealing with cheeky c**ts on the train, cleaning posh folks’ hooses, and, of course, surviving lockdown with only vodka, fags and her long-suffering BFF Babs for company. Alan Bissett performs the complete, hilarious story of Falkirk’s Hardest Woman Moira Bell in ‘three modern classics of Scottish theatre’ (The National). Bringing together The Moira Monologues (2009), 2017’s Fringe First winner More Moira Monologues and the 2022 finale Moira in Lockdown, this nae-messin' heroine finally has her say IN FULL. “A near-perfect series of monologues, howlingly funny and unnervingly sharp and poetic. The most charismatic character to appear on a Scottish stage in a decade.” ★★★★★ (Scotsman) “Such a riot my ears popped a couple of times from the row behind me shouting with laughter.” ★★★★★ (The National) “Welcome back, Moira. We missed you.” ★★★★★ (Broadway Baby) “Heart-stoppingly funny, and heart-warming. Storytelling perfection.” ★★★★★ (The QR) “Great hilarity, simple truths and some profound moments too: it’s no wonder Moira has such a loyal following.” ★★★★ (The List)

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Talk, Health and Wellbeing

Meditation: Living in the Spiritual Heart

(Wed 5 Jun: 7pm) A free introduction to meditation based on the teachings of Sri Chinmoy. Visiting Australian speaker, musician and experienced teacher of meditation Prachar Stegemann gives a talk and guided practice. Prachar is the leader of the Sri Chinmoy Centre in Canberra where he has been teaching for forty years. His talk in Edinburgh is one of sixty he is giving in cities worldwide. Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) was a renowned and respected spiritual teacher, a philosopher and poet, musician and artist, an athlete, and most of all a man of peace. His approach to spirituality was both contemplative and dynamic - his philosophy has been characterised as ‘ancient wisdom for the here and now.’ Find out more edinburghmeditation.org

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Theatre

Burn the Little Witches

(Fri 7 Jun: 6:30pm & Sat 8 Jun: 8:30pm) Someone’s betrayed us. Burn them. Burn the little witch. Ash fights to save her school as the council decide to close it, but rumours are rife: with only 20 pupils, someone must be leaving - but who? Once the site of witch-hunts and burnings, the creaking school hall of Dochetenny becomes a battleground for false accusations and bitter whispers. Ash tries to keep the peace but with people being denounced left, right and centre, how long until the light falls on her? Written by Daniel Orejon. Directed by Amy Wilson. Performed by the Strange Town 11-14 group (Fridays). StrangeTown are supported by the Caram Trust, Dr Guthrie's Association, the Backstage Trust, the Foyle Foundation, the Nancie Massey Charitable Trust, Ponton House Trust, Souter Charitable Trust, the Stevenston Charitable Trust, the Tillyloss Trust and the William Syson Foundation.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Theatre

Hacksilver

(Fri 7 Jun: 8:30pm & Sat 8 Jun: 6:30pm) In 1215, in a sleepy Fife village, a quiet, anxious boy hears the voice of angels. Spurred on by his sister, poor Sholto finds himself at the head of a Children’s Crusade hoping to save the world. The adults aren’t doing anything after all and somebody needs to save them from God’s wrath…even if they’ve never set foot out of Fife before. A medieval tale of belief, anxiety, and the lingering sense of a doomed future. Written by Jen McGregor. Directed by James Beagon. Performed by the Strange Town 11-14 group (Wednesdays). StrangeTown are supported by the Caram Trust, Dr Guthrie's Association, the Backstage Trust, the Foyle Foundation, the Nancie Massey Charitable Trust, Ponton House Trust, Souter Charitable Trust, the Stevenston Charitable Trust, the Tillyloss Trust and the William Syson Foundation.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Theatre

Monster Force! Engage!

Sat 8 Jun: 3pm & Sun 9 Jun: 11.30am) Mum and Dad are asleep, and something is lurking under the bed... Who will battle the things that go bump in the night? Monster Force! Engage! On hand to save your bedroom, capturing Sockmonsters, Fartmonsters and more, nothing could possibly go wrong… right? Directed by Tim Primrose. Directed by Catherine Ward-Stoddart. Performed by the Strange Town 8-10s group (Fridays). StrangeTown are supported by the Caram Trust, Dr Guthrie's Association, the Backstage Trust, the Foyle Foundation, the Nancie Massey Charitable Trust, Ponton House Trust, Souter Charitable Trust, the Stevenston Charitable Trust, the Tillyloss Trust and the William Syson Foundation.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Song, Tradfest

Easy Sundays: Singing Sea Shanties with Joss Cameron

(Sun 9 Jun: 2pm) Set sail on Easy Sunday, all hands-on deck! 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. Then have fun singing some rousing choruses as a group (no singing skills required!). Led by traditional Scots singer Joss Cameron, whose energy and enthusiasm will have you engaged and singing in rhythm long after the event ends. Open to all, especially those interested in becoming a shanty singer! ~~~~~~~~~~~ This event is part of Easy Sundays, a monthly session of stories, music, community and friendship, where a warm welcome awaits with a variety of activities for all the family to enjoy. So come find a space to relax amongst friends, old and new. ~~~~~~~~~~ Supported by the Thrive Network alongside the Scottish Storytelling Centre to create a warm and welcoming space for the community.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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LGBTQ+, Storytelling

Queer Folks' Tales

(Thu 13 June: 7:30pm) Welcome to the third year of Queer Folks’ Tales, our multiple five-star rated hugely popular bi-monthly storytelling show!★★★★★ “Utterly fabulous” (The Q Review) 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. Sometimes hilarious, often moving, occasionally shocking, the mix of true and fictional stories is as varied as the range of storytellers we invite. Household names feature alongside new and diverse queer storytellers from the different communities of Scotland. Many of the stories told on Queer Folks' Tales evenings will be true stories of LGBTQ+ experience in Scotland today. Hosted by Edinburgh’s Turan Ali, joined by acclaimed singer-songwriter Finn Anderson, stand-up comedian Giulia Galastro and author, academic and spoken word artist Harry Josephine Giles. ~~~~~ Turan Ali produces, directs and writes BBC Radio drama and comedy. He is also an on-stage queer storyteller and a stand-up. He and his shows have toured internationally and his latest solo show Horny Old Poof is touring to Vienna, Istanbul and the UK tis summer. He is the host and producer of the bi-monthly Queer Folks’ Tales in Edinburgh and monthly True Story Nights in Vienna. Finn Anderson is one of Scotland's most enchanting songwriters and storytellers, working in the music and theatre worlds. He weaves together folk balladry and pop song writing, specialising in dramatic arrangements and striking lyrics. A pianist with a dynamic baritone voice, he has toured widely, released two albums and an EP and has supported many well-known names. Giulia Galastro is a self-described "tiny Edinburgh-based comedy person" and a trainee clown. She is a prolific and much-in-demand stand-up comedian, performing widely. She hosts two of Scotland’s most inclusive comedy nights, the weekly Open Comedy at Artisan Roast on Leith Walk and bi-weekly The Other Show at Edinburgh's Monkey Barrel Comedy. Open Comedy won the Chortle Award for Best Open Mic (Scotland) in 2023 and 2024. Harry Josephine Giles is a non-binary writer, singer and poet who grew up on Orkney and currently lives in Edinburgh. In 2022, they won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for their novel Deep Wheel Orcadia. They obtained a Masters of Arts degree in Sustainable Development from the University of St. Andrews in 2009, and another MA from Theatre Directing from the East 15 acting school.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Workshop, Song, Scots

Scots Songs from Galloway with Robyn Stapleton

(Sat 15 Jun: 11am) Come and learn the songs of Galloway, with Robyn Stapleton. The songs will be taught in unison and harmony, spanning the themes of nature, farming, travel, and love! This workshop is suitable for all levels of singing experience. Multi award-winning singer Robyn Stapleton performs the songs of her Scottish and Irish heritage in the Scots, English and Gaelic languages. She is best known for her deeply emotive performances of traditional song and has collaborated with many of Scotland’s finest instrumentalists and leading ensembles. Accompanied by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, she has performed at Proms in the Park and for the BBC’s Burns Night celebrations.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue George Mackay Brown Library

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Poetry

Poetry... More or Less

(Sat 15 Jun: 11:30am) Join the Edinburgh School of Poets for a pop-up reading in the relaxed surroundings of the Storytelling Court.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Workshop, Gaelic, Song

Gaelic Songs from the Hebrides with Mischa Macpherson

(Sat 15 Jun: 1:30pm) Suitable for both Gaelic and non-Gaelic speakers, this workshop will focus on Scottish Gaelic songs from the Hebrides and include a diverse selection of material including waulking songs, lullabies and puirt-a-beul (mouth music). Workshop suitable for all abilities and no Gaelic required. Gaelic singer Mischa Macpherson unearthed her love for traditional music and song growing up in the Outer Hebrides. A recipient of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and MG ALBA Gaelic Singer of the Year, her career has seen her perform across the UK, Europe, Australia, Canada and India, and collaborate with renowned musicians including Carlos Núñez (Galicia), Suraj and Chang Khan (Pakistan) and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue George Mackay Brown Library

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Music, Trad Arts

Plockton Music School Summer Tour 2024

(Tue 18 Jun: 7:30pm) Fifteen of the brightest and most promising young traditional musicians from the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music take their music on the road, featuring Gaelic and Scots song and new arrangements of traditional tunes. Since its inception the Centre, based in Plockton on the west coast of Scotland, has become nationally and internationally acclaimed, with alumni performing at Celtic Connections, Scots Fiddle Festival, Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton and Tartan Week in New York City. They have also performed at prestigious events at the Scotland Office, the European Parliament and the Palace of Holyrood House. Students of the Centre come from all over Scotland, including the Western and Northern Isles, ensuring that the Centre is truly national and all the many styles of Scotland’s traditional music and song are represented. Several of the students are fluent Gaelic speakers, and all of them are brought into contact with Gaelic and Scots.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Storytelling, New Writing

Cassandra

(Thu 20 Jun: 7:30pm) Cassandra sits in Apollo’s temple, tears drying on her cheeks, blood caked beneath her fingernails. The ritual fires are burning, incense thick in the air. Her body no longer feels like hers, the ghosts of Apollo's hands heavy on her hips. Her mind is shattering under the weight of a thousand prophecies, always true and never believed. By a Scottish mountainside, a spaewife is thrust under the waves of a loch, her prophecies ringing in the ears of her murderers. Orcadian witch Marian Ibster, put to the pyre, screams out to the sky as her lover watches her burn. A girl scrubs her skin red raw in an Edinburgh flat. She blasts pop music as she daubs climate slogans on cardboard protest placards, ignoring the prophecies whistling on the winds of Auld Reekie. Storyteller Ailsa Dixon invites the audience into the realms of a divinatory prophetic ritual, creating a liminal and transient space. Legends of prophetess and priestess, witch and survivor build bridges across time and space; prophecies, pyres, smoke and tears meld and blend together as Ailsa's personal story melts into the old myths. She explores intimate themes of climate activism, sexual assault, feminism and mental health which bleed together in this deeply personal exploration of what it means to be believed.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Exhibition

Exhibition: Otherworldly Tales

(Fri 21 Jun-Sun 21 Jul) An exhibition of paintings, poetry, glass, willow and talismanic jewellery created with gratitude for the quiet wisdom and wonder of the Otherworld. Brought to you by the Animus - Art for the World Soul collective, this spell-laden collection of wonderworkings builds a bridge to magic, inviting you to linger a moment in a heartland we've almost forgotten. Featuring Catkin van Hoppe's ethereal watercolours, jewellery inspired by sacred relics from Jesse Ball, illuminated glass by Shen Chökyi and work by Fergus Hall and Julie MacLeod.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Spoken Word, Poetry

Loud Poets

(Fri 21 Jun: 7:30pm) Don’t miss the next fantastic show from Scotland’s best spoken word night! From the laugh-out-loud funny, through the wonderfully surreal, to the thoughtful and emotional: Loud Poets continues to prove that spoken word offers something for everyone. “Loud Poets is tearing up the landscape, bringing the ancient art to contemporary audiences – spreading mirth, giggles and talent along the way.” - Corr Blimey “Go listen to Loud Poets and hear them say the things you’ve been trying to say yourself.” - Shane Koyczan “There’s a humour, poignancy and most of all confidence which serves to inspire.” - Scotsman This showcase was made possible by funding from Creative Scotland and the National Lottery.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Workshop, Development

Funding Applications - They're Not So Scary! with Ailie Robertson

(Sat 22 Jun: 11am) Are you thinking of applying for funding for a project but feeling intimidated by the form? Have you applied in the past but not been successful and lost confidence? Perhaps you don't know what's fundable in the first place? This practical workshop led by Ailie Robertson will take you through the process of writing a successful funding application. It aims to cover all aspects of structuring your application and offer tips and advice to ensure that your submissions have every chance of success. The workshop will focus on:• How to talk about yourself and your project• How to strengthen your proposal• How to address Creative Scotland's three strategic priorities and key areas of work• How to think about evaluating and monitoring your project• How to budget, including how to calculate in-kind costs There will also be a discussion section encouraging questions from participants ~~~~~~~~~~ Ailie Robertson has a multi-faceted career combining work as a performer, composer, researcher and educator. She has worked on projects with an array of organisations both in Scotland and Internationally, and enjoys helping other creatives bring their ideas to life.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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Storytelling

Guid Crack: Old Stories Made New

(Fri 28 June: 7:30pm) Join guest storyteller Niall Moorjani for an evening of storytelling where the old stories are rethought in playful and thought-provoking ways. Another fun and friendly session of Edinburgh’s monthly storytelling club held upstairs in the Waverley Bar, with the usual open-floor section for anyone to share a story, song or poem around the theme or otherwise. Hosted by Donald Smith. Niall Moorjani is a non-binary, mixed Scots-Indian writer and storyteller. They are fascinated by the fantastical, the historical, and the liminal and have written and performed many shows, including A Fairie Tale and Mohan: A Partition Story at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Scottish International Storytelling Festival. They are also the founder and host of the Tales at The Tavern open mic story night in London. Niall's work has been described as ‘genius reinvention of the form’ (Fringe of Colour).

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue The Waverley Bar

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Theatre, Comedy

The Astrolo-J Monologues

(Sat 29 Jun: 7:30pm) This is for all the girlies who love co-star and can’t afford therapy. Join Non-Binary Diva Jordy Joans at the afters in her very own living room for their first-ever interactive cabaret. Featuring original monologues about why dating men of all star signs doesn’t work and covering highs and lows of dating within Edinburgh’s queer community, Jordy’s funny, filthy and heart-wrenching stories about each zodiac sign will look back at a decade of sex and everything that didn’t go right. Spoiler alert: all these men are awful. You’ll be dancing along to twelve iconic pop tracks accompanying each heartbreak, as Jordy and her ex-lovers teach you that self-love really is the foundation of it all. With additional support from Naomi Head and Tash McPhillips, Jordy brings this preview show to the Netherbow Theatre at the Scottish Storytelling Centre this June for Pride Month.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Storytelling

Burgh Blatherers' Storytelling Ceilidh: Children of the Sun

(Wed 3 Jul: 7pm) Join Edinburgh's own Burgh Blatherers for the second of a regular open-floor storytelling night taking place throughout the year, a cosy gathering in the relaxed surroundings of the Storytelling Court with refreshments available from the Haggis Box Café. Hosted by Bob Mitchell and members of Burgh Blatherers storytelling club, who will transport you with their own stories and imaginative weavings while offering you the chance to tell your own tales!

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Theatre, New Writing

LIFE

(Sun 7 July: 3pm) Estelle models for The Artist. Despite decades of experience, she has never sat for a session like this and with such an outcome, both unexpected and inevitable. LIFE boldly mixes stillness, movement, silence, words and audience participation in creating theatre as art class, art class as theatre. You can join in, or simply watch the story emerge. Join Maria MacDonell (Miss Lindsay's Secret) and Mark Coleman for a work-in-progress performance of this exciting new work. The performance will be followed by a feedback session to which all are invited.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Spoken Word, Poetry

Loud Poets

(Fri 19 Jul: 7:30pm) Don’t miss the next fantastic show from Scotland’s best spoken word night! From the laugh-out-loud funny, through the wonderfully surreal, to the thoughtful and emotional: Loud Poets continues to prove that spoken word offers something for everyone. “Loud Poets is tearing up the landscape, bringing the ancient art to contemporary audiences – spreading mirth, giggles and talent along the way.” - Corr Blimey “Go listen to Loud Poets and hear them say the things you’ve been trying to say yourself.” - Shane Koyczan “There’s a humour, poignancy and most of all confidence which serves to inspire.” - Scotsman This showcase was made possible by funding from Creative Scotland and the National Lottery.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Storytelling

Guid Crack: Take Flight

(Fri 26 July: 7:30pm) The Guid Crack Club is being commandeered for one night only by Glasgow's own Village Storytelling Centre. Come join a raggle-taggle bunch of fresh voices as they take flight into a world of stories to make us soar. As always, bring a story to tell, a song to sing or anything else that can make our hearts fly and our lips quiver! This session will be led by storyteller Daniel Serridge with guests from the Village Storytelling Centre’s emerging storyteller scene. Daniel Serridge is a storyteller, community artist and facilitator who creates vibrant and exciting projects for all ages and abilities. Based at the Village Storytelling Centre in Glasgow, he tells stories and helps people to tell theirs, supporting everyone to see their experiences as pieces of artwork waiting to be told. His performance Orpheus | Orfeo was a highlight of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2023.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue The Waverley Bar

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Storytelling, Development

Movement & Voice

(Sat 31 Aug: 10:30am) 'I can see them standing on the other side of the flames, speaking in the voices of lions, or thunder, or monsters, or heroes, heroines, or the earth, or fire itself -- for they had to contain all voices within them, had to be all things and nothing.' (Ben Okri - A Way of Being Free) How can the body be both a tool for investigating a story, and a means of communicating with an audience? This workshop led by Jo Blake will empower you to connect with your audience through movement and voice to progress your skills and confidence. All bodies welcome in a creative and supportive environment, with an emphasis on exploration and curiosity. Please come with a story in mind that you feel happy to work with. Jo Blake is a performer, director, facilitator, teacher and curator whose performance practice sits at the intersection of storytelling, dance and theatre. She had a PhD in Emergent Storytelling Practices and is curious about the transformative power of embodied myth and acts of narration as cultural therapeutics. ~~~~~~~~~~ Pay it Forward If you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another person, you now can! Click the button above and select the ticket price to donate. We will then be able to offer a free place to someone who would not have been able to attend otherwise. If you feel the Pay It Forward scheme would benefit you and would like to request a free ticket please email our Reception Team where you will be allocated a ticket if available. We hold 1 space per workshop for Pay It Forward requests.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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Workshop, Development

How to Set Up a Small Tour: with Katch Holmes

(Sat 21 Sep: 11am) In this workshop Katch will teach you how to arrange a live tour to perform and promote your music, with special focus on how musicians who may be just starting out or don't have representation can build festival and venue contacts, approach promoters, negotiate fees, advance their shows and promote their tour. The workshop will include breakouts for discussion and Q&A about the aspects of touring of the most interest to you. Katch Holmes has worked in the music industry in Scotland for 25 years. She has represented artists, commissioned new music, produced residencies and promoted gigs with folk and crossover music acts through her company Off Site Productions. She organises Knockengorroch roots music festival in Dumfries and Galloway. She sat on WOMEX selection panels in 2021 and 2017 and is a Relational Dynamics business coach working with professional creatives.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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Storytelling

Burgh Blatherers' Storytelling Ceilidh: Secrets and Lies

(Wed 2 Oct: 7pm) Join Edinburgh's own Burgh Blatherers for the second of a regular open-floor storytelling night taking place throughout the year, a cosy gathering in the relaxed surroundings of the Storytelling Court with refreshments available from the Haggis Box Café. Hosted by Bob Mitchell and members of Burgh Blatherers storytelling club, who will transport you with their own stories and imaginative weavings while offering you the chance to tell your own tales!

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Workshop, Storytelling

Starting with Stories

(Sat 16 Nov: 10:30am) A hands-on, practical introduction to live storytelling and the associated skills. Storyteller Janis Mackay leads this participatory session for anyone curious about discovering and developing their own storytelling talent. Let out your inner storyteller and learn to craft your skills. For new and aspiring storytellers. Janis Mackay is an award-winning storyteller and author based in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she also teaches creative writing. She is the author of The Fairy Song, The Selkie Girl, and the Magnus Fin and Accidental Time Traveller trilogies. Janis also facilitates the Scottish Storytelling Forum's Apprentice Storyteller programme. ~~~~~~~~~~ Our participatory sessions are designed to help you improve your skills and share your experiences with fellow storytelling enthusiasts. This carefully curated workshop programme offers you the chance to work with highly-skilled and experienced artists, giving you guidance on improving your practice and discovering your own talent. Did you know? Members of the Scottish Storytelling Forum are entitled to discounted rates on our storytelling workshops. For more information on memberships please visit the Storytelling Forum website. ~~~~~~~~~~ Pay it Forward If you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another person, you now can! Click the button above and select the ticket price to donate. We will then be able to offer a free place to someone who would not have been able to attend otherwise. If you feel the Pay It Forward scheme would benefit you and would like to request a free ticket please email our Reception Team where you will be allocated a ticket if available. We hold 1 space per workshop for Pay It Forward requests.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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Theatre, Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

Men Don't Talk

(Sat 16 Nov: 7:30pm & Sun 17 Nov: 2:30pm) Three men find banter, bird boxes and biscuits in a fictional shed. Clare Prenton’s poignant, hilarious, moving and thought-provoking play explores the myth that ‘men don’t talk’, celebrating companionship, camaraderie and custard creams. Written following cups of tea, cake and spirited conversations with real ‘shedders’, the play welcomes audiences into a friendly fictional shed, inspired by real men's stories. Presented in conjunction with the Scottish Men's Shed Association, the play has been praised in the Scottish Parliament for promoting the benefits of this growing mental health and wellbeing movement - vital in Scotland today.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Podcast, Storytelling, On Demand

Another Story (Podcast)

(Online On-Demand) Another Story is a new podcast series exploring some of the themes featured in this year’s Festival. Tune in to hear some wonderful storytellers share their favourite tales and chat about storytelling in Scotland and beyond. So settle down, or speed on up, to join us for another story… Available wherever you get your podcasts, including Spotify, Apple, Google and Amazon. Follow us by liking and subscribing so you don’t miss an episode! Listen Here

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Music, Storytelling, Online Pre-Recorded

Blue City: A Storytelling Journey along Edinburgh's Coastline

Explore Edinburgh as a city by the sea by enjoying this specially created story film. Follow the coastline from Fisherrow, on the boundary with East Lothian, to South Queensferry. A trail of harbours and wildlife havens that glimmers with stories from folklore, history and ecology. Devised by the SISF with storytellers Beverley Casebow, Douglas Mackay, Janis Mackay, Linda Perttula, Nicola Wright and Donald Smith, with music by Kenneth Linklater and the Bowling Ceilidh Band. Produced in support of the Forth Rivers Trust and Restoration Forth, Blue City: A Storytelling Journey along Edinburgh's Coastline is free to access. This film will be available on YouTube from Fri 14 Oct. View the film ~~~~~~~~~~ Over the past two years we have enjoyed being part of a fantastic online storytelling community across the world. We would love to further connect with you in our digital storytelling and development sessions, so whether you are based in Scotland, or further afield, let’s keep that fire lit on our global platforms. ~~~~~~~~~~ In Scotland’s Year of Stories, the Scottish International Storytelling Festival: Keep It Lit invites everyone to the ceilidh; locally, nationally and globally. At the core of Scotland’s culture and identity is the hospitable hearth - a place of solidarity and welcome for friend and stranger alike. Round that symbolic fire, experiences and memories are shared and hope affirmed.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Pre-Recorded

Green City: Healing and Hope

Green City: Healing and Hope is a new storytelling film exploring the grassroots movement to turn Edinburgh green. The struggle for net zero will be won or lost in cities, so how is Edinburgh doing after 900 years as a burgh? Hear directly from people and places who think global and act local. Green City is a companion piece to Blue City (2022), which explored Edinburgh as a city by the sea. Narrated by Donald Smith, with contributions from fellow storytellers and activists. Co-Directed by Sandy McGhie (Channel 7A) & Donald Smith. Produced by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, Green City: Healing and Hope will be free to access from Friday 16th February 2024. View the film

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Storytelling, Online Pre-Recorded, Film

Map of Stories: Film Ceilidhs (Online On-Demand)

Enjoy several multimedia storytelling performances filmed live in the Scottish Storytelling Centre's Netherbow Theatre in October 2022, where a world of local Scottish stories unfolds through the live voices of traditional storytellers and site-specific film footage of the landscapes they emerge from. Featuring stories from Dumfries and Galloway, the North East, Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and Perth and Kinross. ~~~~~~~~~~ These live performances were part of Tales, Tongues and Trails, a celebration of regional and international language, landscape and identities for the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2022. Map of Stories YouTube playlist of all five Film Ceilidhs Scottish International Storytelling Festival Live filming by Sandy McGhie (Channel 7A). ~~~~~~~~~~ Map of Stories is a collaboration between Transgressive North, Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland and Rectangle Design, supported by Creative Scotland and EventScotland as part of Scotland's Year of Stories 2022.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre Online

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Map of Stories: Film Ceilidhs (Online On-Demand)

Enjoy several multimedia storytelling performances filmed live in the Scottish Storytelling Centre's Netherbow Theatre in October 2022, where a world of local Scottish stories unfolds through the live voices of traditional storytellers and site-specific film footage of the landscapes they emerge from. Featuring stories from Dumfries and Galloway, the North East, Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and Perth and Kinross. ~~~~~~~~~~ These live performances were part of Tales, Tongues and Trails, a celebration of regional and international language, landscape and identities for the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2022. Map of Stories YouTube playlist of all five Film Ceilidhs Scottish International Storytelling Festival Live filming by Sandy McGhie (Channel 7A). ~~~~~~~~~~ Map of Stories is a collaboration between Transgressive North, Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland and Rectangle Design, supported by Creative Scotland and EventScotland as part of Scotland's Year of Stories 2022.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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