Let Edinburgh tell you a story

Edinburgh does not just become the city of festivals during the Fringe in August. The end of October has been the date for the Scottish International Storytelling Festival for exactly 27 years.

Started in 1989 and now in its 27th year, The Scottish International Storytelling Festival (SISF) is a ten day celebration of live storytelling, oral traditions and cultural diversity, bringing together a large number of Scottish and international storytellers and musician. This year it will run until the 31st of October.

For this year’s edition, over 130 professionals – mixed with invited guests from Spain, Central and South America, as well as Finland, Jamaica and Brazil – came to the Scottish capital to tell stories that 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 the success with last year’s theme ‘stories without borders’ this year’s one ‘Festival of Dreams’ encourages us all to connect with imagination and dream of a future where we are connected rather than divided throughout the world. Festival of Dreams is exploring our ability to dream something different into existence, acknowledging the power of storytelling to lift you out of time and place with the liberating power of imagination.

Scratch the surface in a typical boardroom and we’re all just cavemen with briefcases, hungry for a wise person to tell us stories.” – Alan Kay, Vice President, Walt Disney

Storytelling is often mistakenly considered an activity exclusively for children. Lindsay Corr, marketing and communication manager at the storytelling centre try to convince us otherwise by describing storytelling as an activity, an experience that could benefit anyone, no matter what age group they belong to.

Corr says, ‘Storytelling is not theater, but a participative event where you are present and engaging in the stories. I think people have a biased notion of storytelling and I challenge them to get along to a storytelling night as their preconceptions will be shattered by the array of offerings on display’

Storytelling is about communication, is about talking to people person to person. Storytelling is given eye to eye, mind to mind and heart to heart.



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