A new festival, Duns Storyfest on October 18 and 19, will form part of the 31st Scottish International Festival of Storytelling, being held throughout Scotland.
On Friday, October 18, the action begins at Duns Primary School as storytellers, from the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh and beyond, work their story magic for children and parents. In the afternoon Pop-up Storytellers, each with their unique styles and repertoires, will perform at various venues in the town from 2-10pm.
On Saturday, October 19, events for all ages will be held at the Volunteer Hall. In the morning the fabulous Macastory will perform their own brand of storytelling madness and mayhem for children, and in the afternoon the Purple, White and Green perform their combination of theatre, song and image to tell the story of Scottish suffragettes to adults and older children. In the evening there will also be a Gathering of Storytellers followed by an open mic for any adult with their own story to tell.
A Heart for Duns in conjunction with Allanbank Arts will create an atmospheric, cosy, informal space at the Volunteer Hall where you can enjoy a meal, a drink and the feast of storytelling performances.
A linked Narrative Art Competition is now running for pre-schoolers and school pupils of all ages. Their work will be exhibited in the hall during the festival and the winners will be announced on the Saturday.