Traditional Scottish musicians in Edinburgh
Credit: Scottish Storytelling Centre

TradFest Edinburgh 2018

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Thu 26 Apr – Sun 6 May 2018, various venues.

TradFest Edinburgh is a vibrant eleven day showcase of Scotland’s thriving traditional arts scene. It spans the ancient celebrations of Beltane and May Day, and includes dozens of events in the heart of the city. The festival sets the capital abuzz with music, song, storytelling, dance, film, crafts and more. With venues including Calton Hill, Royal Mile, Scottish Storytelling Centre, The Pleasance, Filmhouse, Queens Hall, Summerhall and Dance Base.

This Year’s TradFest

This is the 6th year of TradFest and it has become an important part of Edinburgh’s cultural calendar. So this year, join a host of local and international talent including musicians, storytellers and dancers. And all demonstrating the variety and quality of traditional arts today in Scotland and beyond.

As always, a great deal of local and international talent will be getting involved. Great storytellers, singers and dancers, all led by the communities and cultures that celebrate traditional arts all year round.

Opening and Closing Weekends

In 2018, TradFest is taking part in Scotland’s Year of Young People through the tradition of “passing it on”. Handing down a tune, song, story or dance to the next generation through performances and social occasions. So they will celebrate this in their opening concert on Thursday 26th April.

During the finale weekend, on Saturday 5th May, the festival will hold its May Day Parade. Led by a pipe band, the procession will begin on Johnston Terrace and proceed to The Pleasance, bringing with it some carnival colour and mayhem. And of course, they invite all TradFest performers and supporters to join them.

Book Your TradFest Tickets

The 2018 TradFest programme and tickets is available now on the TRAC Scotland website.