Scottish Storytelling Centre

Scottish Storytelling Centre

About Scottish Storytelling Centre

43 - 45 High Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1SR
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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.

Upcoming Events at Scottish Storytelling Centre

Cafe Ceilidh: Burns Celebration

Cafe Ceilidh: Burns Celebration

22nd January 2019
Come along to a free afternoon of the songs, music, poems and stories celebrating Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns in the Scottish Storytelling Centre on 22nd January!
Audacious Women Live!

Audacious Women Live!

21st February 2019
The Festival opens with the spirit, energy and passion of some incredible female storytellers and spoken word artists at The Scottish Storytelling Centre.
Six Gals Named Smith: The Uncrowned Queens of Blues and Jazz

Six Gals Named Smith: The Uncrowned Queens of Blues and Jazz

22nd February 2019
Extraordinary music and stories of the female jazz greats from The Red Hot Rhythm Makers, Scotland's first and only all-female jazz band at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on 22nd February.
After Judy Chicago

After Judy Chicago

23rd February 2019
A 40th anniversary celebration of The Dinner Party - an iconic exhibition conceived by Judy Chicago commemorating over 1000 women hidden from history. Meet, eat and be entertained!

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