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Edinburgh Multilingual Stories Festival is bringing together artists, researchers, children and communities for the first time in Scotland to celebrate the diversity of our city.
Organised by Bilingualism Matters, Theatre Sans Accents and the Polish Cultural Festival Association, this unique event is a chance to represent and empower the different voices from here and beyond gathered in Edinburgh.
The festival will offer an opportunity for bilinguals to creatively explore and express what it means to learn and speak more than one language, and for monolinguals to get a glimpse of the bilingual experience.
Our programme includes a multilingual ceilidh with Science Ceilidh Band, and a series of free workshops, talks, performances, concerts as well as scratch nights showcasing the best of our local talents across music, dance, theatre and visual arts.
A mini food court on Saturday 1 December will give a taste of various types of cuisines that can be found in the city.
Regardless of what languages you speak (or don’t speak!) come and embark with us on a journey beyond frontiers!
GENERAL ADMISSION to the Festival (DAYTIME): £4 on the door (CASH ONLY) Admission free for children under 8 years old.
Ticket gives access to FREE activities throughout the venue for children and adults.
Separately ticketed events:
Celebrate St Andrew's Day in true Scottish style with EMSF and The Science Ceilidh! Join the dance, spin and twirl but with a twist of the tongue as this ceilidh will be in done in different languages! Come and learn a word and a step or two as you meet people from here and beyond! The Science Ceilidh is an award-winning educational project and band bringing people together through science and traditional arts
EMSF commissioned the musician Roberto Cassani to collaborate with schools and communities over the course of six weeks to create original materials exploring bilingualism through the arts. He will be presenting a work in progress followed by a Q&A. Born in Milano, Roberto Cassani, double bass player and story-singer, is but the rarest of musical rascals... This ticket will also give access to a multilingual disco after the show.
EMSF SCRATCH NIGHT: DANIEL OREJON + FARAH SALEH, 2 December
Daniel Orejon presents The Things We Carry. Devised by a company of European actors, the show explores the role of accents in the British theatre and film industries. Through the use of poetry, puppetry and beautiful imagery, the piece asks the question: In a world with such a diversity of voices, why are ours wrong?
Farah Saleh is a Palestinian dancer and choreographer active in Palestine, Europe and the US. She has studied linguistic and cultural mediation in Italy and in parallel continued her studies in contemporary dance. She is currently an Associate Artist at Dance Base in Edinburgh.