#GreenFests Top Picks: Scottish International Storytelling Festival

3rd October 2014

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival commences on the 24th of October 2014 for ten days of live storytelling and cultural diversity.

Bringing performers and spectators from across the world, the theme of the 2014 festival is “Once Upon a Place.” The programme offers many fantastic performances, with a healthy dose of green-tinged activity. The following are Creative Carbon Scotland’s top green picks from the 2014 Scottish International Storytelling Festival programme. The full programme can be viewed here.

Natural Stories, 25 October 2014

“Explore the forms and patterns of living nature through storytelling, felt making and story drama. Introductory story followed by wet-felting and story drama activities, with artist Joanne Baker and storyteller Allison Galbraith. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring an apron, a towel and a plastic bag to take your damp felt home. In association with Lapidus Scotland.”

Mountain Vision: The Landscape Experience, 25 October 2014

“Scotland’s song traditions are intimately connected with “the high hills” and Scotland’s mountainous terrain. Travelling on North America’s Pacific west, in the high sierras, John Muir realised his very Scottish vision of “living with nature”. Musicians and storytellers Geordie MacIntyre and Alison McMorland recapture the spirit of mountain vision in its Scottish sources.”

Storytelling for a Greener World, 26 October 2014

“Experience natural stories of all kinds in the beautiful setting of Edinburgh’s botanical gardens. Stories will emerge gently in different locations, while story walks meander between the story encampment and the outer reaches. Also included is a specially commissioned performance of Where Curlews Call by Malcolm Green and Nick Hennessey at 3pm, and an introduction to the ground-breaking Hawthorn Press book, Storytelling for a Greener World.”

From the Pacific Coast, 26 October 2014

“Canadian storyteller Dawne McFarlane shares the rich traditions of Canada’s Pacific coast with stories from land and sea. For many Europeans, including Robert Louis Stevenson, the Pacific journey begins here.”

Between Tides, 27 October 2014

“Tentsmuir is a unique area of North East Fife caught between the tides and endowed with a rich ecology. Lea Taylor, Mairi Campbell and Derek Robertson combine with Scottish natural heritage to capture the flow of nature and the spirit of a special place. This performance follows on from the Place Based Learning workshop.”


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