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Scottish Storytelling Centre

Scottish Storytelling Centre

Category: Art Centres Category: Art Centres

Address: 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 1SR

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Welcome to the home of Scotland's stories A vibrant arts venue, a great meeting place and a unique venue steeped in Scottish culture.

The Scottish Storytelling Centre is a vibrant arts venue with a seasonal programme of live storytelling, theatre, music, exhibitions, workshops, family events, and festivals. We are the home of two festivals: TradFest, a traditional arts festival that takes place in the spring, and the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in October. We're also a host venue for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and other exciting cultural programmes all year round.

We're a great meeting place where you can experience Scotland's rich story heritage. In the Storytelling Court you'll find an interactive Storywall which children (and adults!) enjoy exploring. Try to find Greyfriars Bobby; catch the frog; meet Nessie, the Gruffalo and Wee Willie Winkie; and discover traditional Scottish tales. Tucked around the corner you can listen to excerpts from Edinburgh's most famous storyteller, Robert Louis Stevenson, and we always have a free exhibition on display.

Swap your own stories in the Café over some delicious home baking and great coffee. Browse our bookshop in the medieval luckenbooths of John Knox House and see if you can spot our dragon's nest and time capsule hiding among the books. Attached to the Scottish Storytelling Centre is John Knox House, creating a very unique venue that incorporates contemporary design with medieval architecture. Explore this museum to learn about one of the most turbulent times in Scottish History.

The Scottish Storytelling Centre is also the Headquarters of the Scottish Storytelling Network which offers its members exclusive access to development events; discounts on our Workshops and Courses; and support and advice on professional development

About Us There is always something happening at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, ensuring residents and visitors to the city can enjoy a genuine slice of Scottish culture.

The home of Scotland's stories present a busy year round programme of storytelling, theatre, music, art exhibitions and kids events, as well allowing visitors to step back inside history and uncover the Scottish Reformation in John Knox House.

Plus the Storytelling Centre organises TradFest - the traditional arts festival in the spring and the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in the autumn.

The Centre is open as standard Mon-Sat, 10am to 6pm and Sunday in July and August only. Come and discover the magic of storytelling.

Courses and Workshops Develop your skills in storytelling, music and dance at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

In association with TRACS, we host a variety of courses and workshops to give you access to quality teaching and resources for the traditional arts and Scottish culture. We offer a range of professional development opportunities that are suitable for teachers, social workers, care staff, volunteers, artists and those wanting to develop their skills in the participative arts.

The aims of these workshops are to:

To enhance our capacity for life by assisting people to understand, interpret and influence the world around them

To enrich our experience by bringing colour, passion and intensity to our emotions, thoughts and imaginations

To provide a supportive environment in which people can build their skills, confidence and self-esteem

To enable all those who live and visit here to share in Scotland's culture, celebrating diversity and hosting an international web of folk connections.

Our 2013 programme has three strands

1) Crafting Your Skills - Reflect on and widen your skill set. Aimed at teachers, educators, artists, individuals and those involved in local community. Jan-Mar will focus on this area.

2) Enlivened Communities - Explore the relationship between creative practice and community enrichment. Cross art-form workshops aimed at particular areas of social engagement.

3) Scotland's Cultures - Introduction to cultural resources and themes for interpretation that can be used personally, or with groups and organisations.

Admission prices Adult - £5.00
Concession - £4.00
Children over 7 - £1.00
Children under 7 - Free


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Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday
10:00 to 18:00

12:00 to 18:00

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