Thistles and Sunflowers

* TueSDAY 22 AugUST 2023 9:45pm the Scottish Storytelling Centre Edinburgh part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 £12 (£10) BOOK NOW 2 for 1 offer with FRINGE FRIEND MEMbership BOOK NOW GROUP DISCOUNT WHEN YOU ORDER 10 OR MORE TICKETS BOOK NOW #thistlesandsunflowers #edfringe #pomegranates PRESS PACK DOWNLOAD Thistles & Sunflowers ProgrammE DOWNLOAD   Join … Continued

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To Ukraine with Love

How could we support communities of New Scots to shape and share their stories? As one of the three founding members of TRACS, Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland initiated To Ukraine with Love – a project aimed at supporting the community of displaced people from Ukraine in Edinburgh to shape and share the story of … Continued

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TRACS Chair Andrew Bachell Reflects on a Day of Intangible Cultural Heritage

We recently published a Wee Guide to Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) to give you a brief overview, and to highlight the major opportunities and challenges faced by arts and culture organisations, as well as individuals, in celebrating and sharing our intangible cultural heritage. On 26th May 2023, TRACS – together with Museums Galleries Scotland, Historic … Continued

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Feisty Women

Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland is delighted to shine a spotlight on the achievements of women in traditional dance as part of the 10th anniversary of Harpies, Fechters and Quines Festival running 3–9 June 2023 at Edinburgh Central Library. * We curated two unique events as part of the festival programme, entitled Feisty Trad Dance … Continued

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The Last Leaf on Earth

What would happen if there was only one leaf left on our planet? What would be the fate of the last remaining leaf? How fragile is our life compared to the power of nature? These are just some of the questions at the heart of Yuxi Jiang’s new choreography entitled The Last Leaf on Earth. … Continued

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Pomegranates Workshops and Promenade

Review by Inesa Vėlavičiūtė A tribute to UNESCO’s International Dance Day and as part of Edinburgh’s Tradfest, the Pomegranates festival  premiered in 2022, celebrating traditional dances from around the world and explored their connections to contemporary hip-hop. Curated by the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland, a varied and inspiring programme was put together for the … Continued

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A Wee Guide to Intangible Cultural Heritage

What is Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH for short)? Simply put, you might know it as “tradition”. Essentially, it’s the stuff in our heads, our skills, our knowledge as communities and societies – very often that which is passed down through generations. It includes traditional songs, storytelling, dancing, customs and rituals, how we celebrate at different … Continued

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Seeds and Sequins, Facts and Figures

  Having sown the seeds and sequins of Pomegranates 2023 festival this spring – our second annual festival of international traditional dance, we are excited to share some of the facts and figures with you. We welcomed 74 artists to our stages, screens and dance floors – all from 30 diverse backgrounds, including Ukraine and … Continued

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Vincent Hantam

Did you know that Vincent Hantam – the choreographer of two Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland new productions – our screen dance To Begin the Dance Once More and the related live performance for three dancers and two musicians Dances with Ouds and Fiddles – will join us in-person for the post-show discussion as part … Continued

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Trad Dance Cast Launches on Earth Day 2023

Trad Dance Cast is a brand new podcast about traditional dance artists, ideas and trends from across Scotland and beyond. Produced by Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland, Trad Dance Cast is hosted by Eleanor Sinclair, a trad dance artist, instructor and climate activist.  The first episode is to be released on Earth Day 22 April … Continued

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