Traditional Arts

Open Call for Creative Proposals

Imagine something different. Imagine pasts, futures, or a timeless other. Dip into dreams and desires, old and new, lost worlds and worlds still to become. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. What would a different world look like in your dreams? We’re eager to know! SISF 2021 extends an invitation to storytellers, … Continued

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Traditional Music Forum Launches First Comprehensive Directory of Traditional Musicians in Scotland

(Photo above: Maeve Mackinnon – photo by Paul McNally) The Traditional Music Forum (TMF) and TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland) proudly present Scotland Online: A Directory of Musicians, the only comprehensive online resource of its kind, promoting traditional musicians working and recording in Scotland. To celebrate the launch of the directory, TMF have invited … Continued

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An Evening Without Borders – TRACS is Inviting Europe for a Ceilidh

This World Storytelling Day, Sat 20 March 2021 at 7.30pm, TRACS is hosting a European Ceilidh to reach out to our friends, celebrate and strengthen our connections across Europe. As Lorenzo, one of our participating storytellers, put it so beautifully “If our stories have no borders, why should we?”. Of course, a traditional Ceilidh includes … Continued

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New Gaelic film encourages youngsters to explore the outdoors

A new Gaelic film aimed at young children, produced by arts organisation Fèisean nan Gàidheal, will be streamed on Facebook this Saturday 13th March. Cuairt Bheag (A Wee Walk) is a short film with a focus on the fun of exploring and playing outdoors and introduces the audience to Hùb Hàb who finds a magical … Continued

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The 40th Edinburgh International Harp Festival, 9th – 12th April 2021

Last year, the Edinburgh International Harp Festival was one of the first to go online in April.  Skilfully put together in haste by Rachel Hair, it was very successful, bringing together harp players and enthusiasts from all over the world at a stressful and uncertain time.  This year, we will be online again, putting into practice … Continued

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Spotify adds Scots as a Language

Award-winning folksinger Iona Fyfe led the campaign which saw Spotify adding Scots to its list of languages. Scots is one of Scotlands three national languages with over 1.5 million speakers (2011 census) and is recognised as a language by the European Charter for Minority Languages. Iona noticed that despite Spotify listing every other UK Minority … Continued

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Traditional Arts Mentoring Programme

TRACS is delighted to be assisting Creative Scotland and other partners in delivering a pilot programme of Traditional Arts Mentoring, building on work undertaken by the Traditional Music Forum. The aim is to exchange knowledge, skills and experience between the generations. The programme is aimed at early or mid-career practitioners in Scotland. Successful applicants will … Continued

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Hamish Henderson Celebrated: Summer School, Ceilidh & Theatre Showcase Scotland’s Folk Legend

“Maker, ye maun sing them… Tomorrow, songs Will flow free again, and new voices Be borne on the carrying stream.” (Hamish Henderson) Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS) presents the Hamish Henderson Summer School which reflects the visionary spirit and diversity of the founding father of Scotland’s 20th Century folk renaissance, offering inspiration and enjoyment … Continued

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Violin Tutor Required: Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop

Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop is small fiddle workshop based at Strachur on the Cowal peninsula. They are seeking a traditional tutor for their adult classes, ranging from beginners to competent players. Hours offered will depend on uptake of members – previously classes were held on two evenings over 26 weeks, however this may reduce to one … Continued

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TRACS Supports Stay In Scotland Campaign

The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, issued an open letter to EU citizens living in Scotland on 5 April 2019. Following up from her original open letter in 2016, the message of welcome remains, stating: ‘Scotland is your home, you are welcome here, and you are valued. You play a crucial role in Scotland’s … Continued

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