Theatre Sans Accents, Bilingualism Matters and the Polish Cultural Festival Association are launching Edinburgh’s latest cultural event: the Edinburgh Multilingual Stories Festival!
The festival offers a series of workshops, talks, performances, concerts and a mini food festival for adults and children will take place to showcase Edinburgh’s vibrant artistic and cultural community in all its diversity. The unique emphasis on both diversity and community as founding principles makes for an eclectic, international and multidisciplinary programme, ranging from multilingual ceilidh to bilingual haiku writing, French puppetry to BSL storytelling and many more events.
The festival will be a unique space for artists, researchers and members of the public of all backgrounds and horizons to meet, exchange and explore multiculturalism, as well as to celebrate their belonging to Edinburgh.
Funded by Awards for All, BEMIS, the University of Edinburgh and Scotland’s Winter Festival, the festival was able to commission five exciting new pieces of work across theatre, dance, visual arts and music which are made in collaboration between Edinburgh-based bilingual artists and local schools and communities; to reflect on language, culture and identity. A permanent visual art installation made by Elina Karadzhova will take over an area of the Roxy with the aim to constantly interact with the public and Flore Gardner was selected to design the visual identity of the festival. Daniel Orejon (Theatre), Roberto Cassani (Music) and Farah Saleh (Dance) will each present a work in progress during a scratch night on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December followed by a Q&A.