Edinburgh Multilingual Stories Festival

Various , 30 Nov - 02 Dec

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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 at Assembly Roxy.


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 1st 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) Children under 8 get in for FREE.
Ticket gives access to FREE activities throughout the venue for children and adults. 

Ticketed events:

EMSF: MULTILINGUAL CEILIDH WITH THE SCIENCE CEILIDH BAND, 30 November

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

Tickets: £8/£6

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EMSF SCRATCH NIGHT - ROBERTO CASSANI + MULTILINGUAL DISCO, 1st December

EMSF commissioned the musician Roberto Cassani to collaborate with schools and communities over the course of 6 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.

Tickets: £9/£7

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EMSF SCRATCH NIGHT: DANIEL OREJON + FARAH SALEH, 2st December

EMSF comissionned the musician Roberto Cassani to collaborate with schools and communities over the course of 6 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.

Tickets: £9/£7

more info | book now