The festival presents events grounded in authentic tradition but with contemporary flair in Edinburgh. The cream of Scotland's traditional artists combine with a wave of community participation, to deliver all that is best in Scotland, ancient and new.
TradFest uniquely combines all the folk arts as they were in past times. So storytelling, music, song, dance and traditional crafts weave together, providing an integrated cultural experience, for all tastes and ages.
As Scotland's capital, Edinburgh wears many faces, but with TradFest, Auld Reikie celebrates its identity as a hive of cultural tradition, honeycombing the closes, streets, courtyards, cafes, arts centres, concert halls, restaurants and pubs of R.L. Stevenson's 'precipitous city'. TradFest brings the Old Town to life, showcasing how it was made for conviviality. TradFest raises the curtain on a summer of Festivals and Faisean across Scotland from early May to October when the trads mantle for the Scottish International Storytelling Festival.