Pomegranates 2023

BOOK NOW Book your Pomegranates 2023 festival tickets on Pay What You Can basis through the Scottish Storytelling Centre Box Office in person or online by clicking the BOOK NOW link. Please note that the suggested donation of £15 per day will be reinvested in next year’s festival!   We are delighted to announce the … Continued

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Steve Byrne Appointed As New Director of TRACS

TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland) is delighted to announce that they have appointed Steve Byrne as their new Director. A noted performer, researcher, folklorist and community activist, Steve Byrne will take up his appointment from March 2023, continuing the work of TRACS and its three forums for traditional music, storytelling, and traditional dance; and … Continued

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40/40

Review by Iliyana Nedkova . Did you know that we launched @TradDanceScot recommends – our popular Twitter thread in the summer 2022. We hand-picked over a dozen of shows from across all corners of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for their unexpected mix of trad and contemporary dance! . We are pleased to see that one … Continued

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Congolese Traditional Dance

Congratulations to Kalubi Mukengela–Jacoby of Indigo Dance Company who, following our open call, was selected for the new Traditional Dance Residency through the ongoing partnership between the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland and Dance Base – Scotland’s national centre for dance. Kalubi’s residency will take place at our partner’s beautiful studios in Edinburgh this spring, … Continued

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C is for Ceilidh

We are delighted to be one of the partners for C is for Ceilidh Club – a new after-school club running at Edinburgh’s Abbeyhill Primary School. It is led by traditional dance artist-in-residence Caroline Brockbank as part of the curated artist-in-residence programme at the school. The first block of sessions will run weekly at the … Continued

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Illustrated Freelancer’s Guide

“We are encouraged to become… microentrepreneurs of the self, acting as if we are our own, precarious, freelance microenterprises in a context in which we are being steadily deprived of employment rights, public services and welfare support.” Gary Hall in “The Uberfication of the University” This is the fitting preface of The Illustrated Freelancer’s Guide … Continued

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Cosmic Dance

Review by Wangxiu Cheng It is the last weekend of November 2022 but I have embraced Edinburgh’s Winter festivities and attended my first Christmas recital, or Cosmic Dance Christmas Recital, to be precise! My student placement at Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland this autumn has given me the opportunity to professionally engage with a range … Continued

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Mediterraneo

  Review by Wangxiu Cheng While undertaking my student placement at Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland in autumn 2022 I had the opportunity to professionally engage with a range of world dance styles – from Highland Dancing and ceilidh to Chinese Tujia dance and even Egyptian Tanura. On 19 November 2022, I had the rare … Continued

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To Begin the Dance Once More

Today is the Global Day of Action called by Egyptian groups at COP27 – the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties taking place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. In solidarity with the Global Day of Climate Action we are excited to release the first short segment of our new Traditional Dance Forum … Continued

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Students-in-residence

Recently, Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland was selected as one of the major partners for work experience placements of MSc students in Dance Science and Education from the University of Edinburgh. Over the academic year 2022/23 we were tasked with mentoring three student teachers – all dance professionals with a scientific foundation for the teaching … Continued

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