Performance, workshops, talks and children’s events radiate out from Scotland’s capital as the best of Scotland’s storytelling talent merge with invited guests from Spain, Central and South America, offering a plethora of dreamscapes and myths celebrating oral traditions and cultural diversity. Great stories well told have the ability to evoke indelible images in the mind of the listener, offering visitors and locals a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the extraordinary tales, music and characters that bring both our contemporary and traditional culture to life.
After traversing the world over the last 10 years, storytellers from all continents have been invited to Scotland to explore together the storyteller’s role in the contemporary world. 34 invited guests and groups representing 27 countries will join Scotland’s storytellers in the world’s leading festival city, as well as travelling throughout Scotland to connect with local communities and Scotland’s rich folk traditions.
In Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, SISF makes an ancient art form vibrant in our human present. Twelve days of storytelling events in Edinburgh and across Scotland, and a three day Global Gathering of discussions around the themes of the Earth Charter. These are critical times for our planet and the SISF invites us all to connect through our differences, acknowledging where we are and where we want to go, together.