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Traditional Music Forum’s Make Music Day 2022 – Everyone Welcome

Tuesday 21st June 2022, 10.30am – 12pm
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Join the Traditional Music Forum for an inclusive event to celebrate Make Music Day 2022!

Led by Gica Loening (Fun Fiddle), over the morning we will learn a simple tune as a group and enjoy the process of making music together on this special day. Everyone is welcome – all ages, instruments, levels and abilities. If you don’t play an instrument, you can use one from our box of surprise instruments or simply use your voice.

This event is free to attend but please book your place in advance.

https://scottishstorytellingcentre.online.red61.co.uk/event/913:4133/913:16083/

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Writing and Performing Workshop For Queer Folks’ Tales Storytellers

We have a training and performance opportunity for aspiring LGBTQ+ storytellers in Edinburgh.

The Scottish Storytelling Centre and Bona Broadcasting Ltd together produce Queer Folks’ Tales a bi-monthly storytelling evening for LGBTQ+ stories to be told live on stage. The events for 2022 are funded by the City of Edinburgh’s Diversity and Inclusion Fund and have been very well attended and received by Edinburgh audiences.

We want to support and encourage a wide range of LGBTQ+ storytellers, writers, performers, poets, spoken word artists etc., to be part of Queer Folks’ Tales and to build a pool of queer storytellers from a range of backgrounds, who grow in confidence as the writers and tellers of stories. So we are delighted to host a short series of workshops in writing and performing short stories on stage for aspiring LGBTQ+ storytellers.

This workshop covers story writing and story performing, two very different skills which make up a successful stage storyteller. We will focus on stories of approximately ten minutes duration, as this is what we ask of Queer Folks’ Tales storytellers.

WORKSHOP

The workshop has three sessions. Two full day and one evening, giving space between sessions to (re-)write and rehearse stories. Everyone will get personal feedback on their stories and performance from the course tutor and fellow participants. Attendance is expected across all sessions.

WRITING

The workshop explores writing your own short stories, especially creating stories that take live audiences on gripping journeys. We will cover:
• the universal principles at play when crafting rich story experiences for audiences
• short form storytelling: how complex should you/can you get in 10 minutes
• multiple storylines
• how the universal parameters change depending on the type of story you want to tell
• genres and styles: their unique elements, aims and essences, and the importance of consciously and powerfully choosing and using genre(s)/style(s) for your story
• understanding the difference of writing for a reader and writing for speaking/performing a story: writing subtext (which is one of the keys to the performing part of the workshop)
• emotional journey of the story
• aim of your story

PERFORMING

We explore the key elements of bringing your story to life in front of an audience. This part of the workshop explores:
• learning your story for performance: mapping the story journey
• tempo: pacing your storytelling
• voice and body on stage: stage presence, use of eye contact, range of voices, movement, your outfit/appearance, ‘staging’ your story
• what are your strengths and weaknesses as a teller of stories? Playing to your strengths, overcoming or minimising your challenges
• identifying subtext: re-drafting the story when you start to perform it : performing the subtext
• bringing different styles of storytelling to life
• creating emotions: emotional journey of the story for the audience, emotions portrayed by the storyteller, audience feelings about the storyteller

COURSE TUTOR

Turan Ali has produced hundreds of stories for BBC radio. He has also written, abridged, directed and read many stories on radio. He has been a stage storyteller since 2012, including his own one-man Edinburgh Fringe storytelling show which toured internationally. He now performs internationally with 2 storytelling shows in Vienna every month, in addition to hosting Queer Folks’ Tales in Edinburgh every 2 months. He has also written, produced and directed many dramas and comedies for BBC radio over the last 30 years. He has trained writers in many countries, in many genres including soap opera, drama, short stories and comedy for radio and TV. His publications include a manual for writers of long running drama series, a book of stories about lesbian and gay parents and has many short stories published. His short story writing deals mostly with true queer stories from his many years of international travel.

WHERE

At the Scottish Storytelling Centre on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

WHEN

2 full days with an evening session in between
Saturday 9 and 16 July: 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 13 July: 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Successful applicants will be expected to attend the Queer Folks’ Tales event on Thu 7 July 2022, with free tickets available.

COST

Free to Edinburgh residents (the majority of places on the workshop are for Edinburgh residents).
Non-Edinburgh residents can also apply, some spaces will be available for Scottish-based (non-Edinburgh) applicants (cost to be negotiated on a case by case basis).

APPLY

Please apply by sending an email outlining the reasons for your interest, experience as a writer and/or performer and links to or examples of your written or performing work (if any).
We especially welcome applications from Edinburgh’s diverse LGBTQ+ communities, those under-represented on Scottish stages.
If you have any questions about this application or you need access support, please contact us and we will assist you in this process. Applications will be handled by course tutor Turan Ali and Scottish Storytelling Centre’s Programme and Events Manager, Daniel Abercrombie.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0131 556 9579
Deadline for applications: 5pm, Monday 13th June 2022

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Visitor Services Assistant

Overview

  • Title: Visitor Services Assistant
  • Salary: £18,600 – £20,139 per annum
  • Location: Edinburgh
  • Hours: 35 hours per week, Fixed term – 30 June 2023
  • Closing date: 12noon Monday, 30 May 2022
  • Vacancy Ref: 16/22

You will play a pivotal role within the Scottish Storytelling Centre team through the provision of outstanding customer service for visitors to the Centre.

In addition to your excellent communication and interpersonal skills, you will be highly organised and a strong team-player who will be able to demonstrate a flexible and adaptable approach to your work in order to meet the daily demands presented.  Numeracy and the ability to pay close attention to detail are essential as you will be required to operate the till and box office system. A good level of IT skills will be required.

You will work 35 hours per week on a flexible rota which will include evenings and weekends.

The Scottish Storytelling Centre is a partnership between The Church of Scotland and TRACS – Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland. The SSC is a vibrant arts venue with a seasonal programme of live storytelling, theatre, music, exhibitions, workshops, family events, and festivals.

Closing date:  12noon Monday, 30 May 2022

The Church of Scotland is a charity registered in Scotland SCO11353

How to Apply

Applications should be sent by email to [email protected] and must be received by 12 noon on the closing date.

Applications should comprise:

  • A personal statement, outlining how your skills, experiences and personal qualities match the requirements of the role outlined in the job description. Please provide reference contact details for your last 2 periods of employment (this would normally be your direct line manager/supervisor). If you have had more than 2 employers in the last 3 years, please provide referee contact details for that period.  References will not be contacted until later in the process.
  • A full CV, including educational and professional qualifications alongside a full employment history showing positions held, responsibilities and relevant achievements.
  • A personal information form, to be downloaded and attached.

Applications without a CV, personal statement and personal information form will not be taken forward in the process. Each document should be a maximum of 2 sides of A4.

For more information on any of our roles, please contact [email protected] or visit the Church of Scotland website.

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TDFS and Citymoves Traditional Dance Residencies

We are delighted to announce a new open call available to all traditional dance artists based within the North East of Scotland for two residencies co-funded by Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland (TDFS) and Citymoves Dance Agency SCIO, Aberdeen (Citymoves).

This is an open call to all traditional dance artists based in the North East of Scotland, of any cultural and ethnic background with a professional creative practice. This is not limited to ceilidh dancing, Highland dancing, Scottish country dancing or step-dancing but open to all international traditional dance styles, too. All applicants who can incorporate live instrumental or vocal accompaniment during their residency e.g. vocals, drums, pipes, fiddle, accordion will be more strongly considered. If not, a more compelling argument in your application will be necessary.

These two residencies will be held at Citymoves’ Aberdeen studios for one week each anytime between November 2022 and March 2023. Two applicants will be selected and will receive an all inclusive bursary of £500 each from matching funding pledged by Citymoves & TDFS. The selection committee will be comprised by representatives of TDFS and Citymoves

The call, although open to all North East traditional dance artists, requires applicants to be members of TDFS. This can be for those who are already members or those who join prior to applying here: https://www.tdfs.org/join/

The residencies will offer:

– One week of studio space in the Schoolhill Studio, Monday-Friday from 9.30-16.30.
– A £500 stipend
– Support from agencies during this week

From selected residency artists, Citymoves requires:

– An Open Professional Class on the Thursday from 10.00-11.30.
– An Open Studio Sharing of the work on the Friday of your residency

You are required to be a member of TDFS & able to create an end of residency blog or vlog report that will be published on TDFS website, so please keep this in mind when applying.
Dates should be chosen between November 21st 2022 – end of March 2023.

Application form can be downloaded here: Citymoves Traditional Dance Residency form _Final.

Please submit your application form and CV by email to: [email protected]
All applications are due by July 10th 2022.

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Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2022 – Open Call for Creative Proposals

Open Call for Creative Proposals “Interpreting Scotland”

Through the struggles of recent times, storytelling has been embraced as an art form because of what it offers to communities, families and artists at a time when human contacts and relationships have been under pressure.

What now for our personal and collective narratives? Help re-shape Scotland’s sense of itself in this Year of Stories.

SISF 2022 invites creatives within and beyond the storytelling community to join the Festival’s creative process by submitting a proposal on the theme of “Interpreting Scotland”, debating and shaping the stories that matter most for Scotland – past, present and future.

What:

Submit a creative proposal for a storytelling performance on the theme of “Interpreting Scotland” to be showcased at the SISF in October 2022.

  • Creative proposals must have a lead artist/producer who will be responsible for delivering the project
  • SISF Festival commissions typically involve one to three performers, and last between one hour and one hour 15 minutes. At least one performer must be a storyteller, either in a traditional or contemporary style.
  • Creative proposals should have a clear indication of whether the work can be presented live, or online, or both, as well as a clear sense of its audience.
  • The project’s description should be accompanied by an indicative budget, covering artists’ fees (highlighting any research, rehearsal and performance costs), production costs and other relevant expenses. If the proposal is successful SISF will work with you to establish an accurate and viable agreed budget.
  • We welcome proposals which celebrate and showcase artistic and thematic diversity and proposals from creatives not previously engaged with SISF.
  • We welcome proposals featuring a creative approach to Gaelic, Scots, BSL, or other minority languages in Scotland.

Ten performances will be commissioned, five of which may also be filmed. Five further projects will be supported as ‘emergent’, and presented as ‘works in progress’.

Who:

The lead applicant must be an artist living and working in Scotland.

Selection process:

Submissions will be assessed by a panel comprising the SISF creative team and two guest curators to ensure openness and diversity. All proposals will be given careful consideration and will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Artistic excellence
  • Celebration of oral storytelling
  • Consideration of diversity and inclusiveness
  • Viability and Cost-effectiveness
  • Achievable within the timeframe

The panel assessment will result in the selection of up to ten creative projects.

Five further projects will be supported as ‘emergent’, and presented as ‘works in progress’.

How to apply:

We have tried to keep this application process as simple as possible, please follow these steps:

1 – Fully complete the separate application form, with a particular attention to the budget

2 – Email the form to [email protected] titling the document as ‘SISF 2022 Creative Proposal *Your Name*’. Please also put the same title in the subject line of the email.

The deadline is 5pm on Monday 23 May 2022.

Open Call Application Information

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People and landscape of the Highlands inspire new musical work from fiddler Iain Fraser

Fèis Rois commission, Gneiss, to be performed in Dingwall, Poolewe & Ullapool later this month

A new musical work by fiddler Iain Fraser which celebrates the 30th anniversary of the popular Fèis Rois nan Inbheach (Adult Fèis Rois) will take to the road later this month, performing in the Highland locations which provided the inspiration for the music.

Fèis Rois commissioned renowned fiddler, Iain Fraser to record an album to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Fèis Rois nan Inbheach; one of the arts organisation’s key annual events which celebrates Gaelic and Scots music with a weekend of workshops, concerts and sessions. Iain, who was one of the original tutors at the very first Adult Fèis Rois, took his inspiration for this new album, Gneiss, from not only his time spent teaching at the Adult Fèis over the last 30 years but also the landscape, and in the particular the geological features, of the three places the Adult Fèis has been held in over the years; Dingwall, Gairloch and Ullapool.

Iain will be joined by a stellar line-up of musicians for this mini Highland tour, who also feature on the album which will be available to purchase at each of the performances, including; Graeme Armstrong (guitar), Gordon Gunn (fiddle), James Mackintosh (percussion), Calum-Alex MacMillan (Gaelic song and pipes), James Ross (piano), Wendy Stewart (harp) and Wendy Weatherby (cello) with visuals by Somhairle MacDonald.

The tour dates are:

  • Wednesday 27th April, Tulloch Castle, Dingwall
  • Thursday 28th April, Poolewe Community Hall
  •  Saturday 30th April, The Macphail Centre, Ullapool

The final night of the tour (30th April) will also form part of this year’s Adult Fèis, which takes place from 29th April – 2nd May, and taking to the stage that night, alongside Iain & co will be award-winning Highland multi-instrumentalists, Mairearad Green and Anna Massie. Booking for the Adult Fèis, is now open and places can be secured via www.feisrois.org.

Fiona Dalgetty, Fèis Rois Chief Executive, commented: “Over the past 30 years, the Adult Fèis has been held in the three Ross-Shire communities of Dingwall, Gairloch and, most recently, Ullapool. The number of participants in the workshop programme has grown from around 30 at the first event in 1991 to close to 300 attending now. The event has become a lively three-day festival with a number of concerts, recitals, pub sessions and talks accompanying the core workshop programme. It is enjoyed by the local community and by visitors from far and wide. It has been a pleasure to commission Iain Fraser to write a new suite of music inspired by the places and the people who made this Fèis event become what it is today. Tying together geology, culture and place, Iain’s music makes vivid the passing on of tradition and the nature of change, elements so central to Fèis Rois.”

Tickets for the Gneiss tour performances are priced from £10 to £15 and will be available at the venue on the night or can be booked in advance at www.feisrois.org. All performances start at 7.30pm.

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TRACS Traditional Arts Mentoring

TRACS is delighted to be delivering a programme of Traditional Arts Mentoring, with the support of Creative Scotland. The aim is to support professional development in the traditional arts through sharing knowledge, skills and experience.

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a process in which an experienced individual helps another person to develop goals and skills through a series of time-limited, confidential, one-to-one conversations. Mentors also benefit through sharing their own learning, evolving their thinking, developing new relationships, and deepening their mentoring skills.

Who can apply?

The Trad Arts Mentoring programme is aimed at early or mid-career practitioners in Scotland. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work with an experienced traditional arts practitioner and/or tradition bearer on professional challenges and confidence, creative approaches, sources, skills, and working in community contexts. This will be a mutually supportive dialogue, respecting different backgrounds and learning styles.

There are 10 mentorship opportunities available on the programme. Two will be offered in each of the following areas:

Traditional Music
Traditional Song
Traditional Dance
Traditional Storytelling

A further two opportunities will be offered, linking one or more of these artforms with Gaelic or Scots as the main medium. This does not exclude Gaelic and Scots forming part of the other mentorships.

How does the programme work?

The Trad Arts Mentoring programme will run from June to December 2022. Sessions will be mainly online, with the opportunity to meet face-to-face when possible. Each session will have an e-mail follow-up to track discussions and identify or confirm fruitful topics for further exploration. There will also be opportunities to meet others in the programme to share experiences and ideas online and, if possible, in a live gathering.

TRACS has a growing pool of mentors who receive training and support, and we will seek to match people in the most helpful way. All participants will receive an induction to the programme and will also be supported throughout by Jo Miller, an experienced and qualified mentoring coordinator.
Those being mentored will receive a grant for expenses, including travel and accommodation where required. Mentors will receive a professional fee plus travel expenses and accommodation where required. For environmental reasons, travel will be prioritised within or between adjacent regions of Scotland. TRACS will seek to be as flexible as possible in these arrangements, within budget constraints, and subject to the continuing Covid challenges.

How to apply?

Applicants for mentorship are invited to apply by Monday 2nd May 2022 (this deadline has been extended until 5pm on Monday 9 May 2022), submitting a concise professional CV, and a one-page statement as to why they would like to participate in the Traditional Arts Mentoring programme. Please state which artform strand or strands you are applying under, and include a postal address, postcode, telephone number and e-mail.

Applications should be submitted to Donald Smith, Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland, The Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, preferably by e-mail on [email protected].

For any further information contact [email protected] and/or David Francis on [email protected].

 

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Pomegranates – Celebrating International Dance Day

Above: Pomegranates festival poster image courtesy of featured dancer Yilei Chen. Detail photograph by Feifei

An initiative of the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland (TDFS), this pilot edition of Pomegranates starts with a professional development workshop featuring dancers, musicians, visual artists and storytellers at the St Leonard’s Land Dance Studio, the University of Edinburgh on 29 April 2022 10am-4pm.

Pomegranates culminates on 30 April 2022 5-10pm at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. This finale includes a costume promenade show at the Netherbow Theatre under the live accompaniment of Tom Oakes – one of the UK’s top flautists and multi-instrumentalists. It is followed by an energetic Ceilidh at the Storytelling Court. It is preceded by TDFS Annual General Meeting at Netherbow Theatre which features the screen dance premiere of the Pomegranates life drawing artist-in-residence Claudia Nocentini. Expect also a headdress parade in tribute to Ukrainian traditional dance artists, presentations by invited guests, a book launch and lively discussions.

Pomegranates festival is free to all TDFS members. Take advantage of this two-day festival extravaganza. Become a member today or rejoin at https://www.tdfs.org/join/. Subscribe to TDFS bimonthly newsletter here.

Pomegranates festival is a TDFS project curated by Iliyana Nedkova, Eleanor Sinclair and Wendy Timmons and funded by TRACS – Scotland’s National Network for Traditional Arts and Culture. In-kind support by the Scottish Storytelling Centre and Moray House School of Education and Sport at the University of Edinburgh through the MSc Dance Science and Education and DansEd. Additional in-kind support by the Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland.

Book your Pomegranates festival pass at www.scottishstorytellingcentre.com

Pomegranates festival poster image courtesy of Zeynep Aciktepe at unsplash

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Pomegranates is a Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland project funded by TRACS – Scotland’s National Network for Traditional Arts and Culture. In-kind support is provided by the Scottish Storytelling Centre and Moray House School of Education and Sport at the University of Edinburgh through the MSc Dance Science and Education. Additional partmership support provided by the Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland through the City of Edinburgh Council Flexible Fund