The newly-christened Tradfest presents 'feast of culture in the Festival city'

The newly-christened Tradfest presents 'feast of culture in the Festival city'

Traditional and folk artists taking part include Karine Polwart, Alasdair Roberts and Shooglenifty

Tradfest is a new 12 day festival bringing dance, crafts, folk drama and environmental celebrations to venues across Edinburgh. The first under this particular name, the festival is organised by the Scottish Storytelling Centre on behalf of Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland – funded by Edinburgh City Council and Creative Scotland – and takes influence from previous festivals such as the Edinburgh People’s Festival and Edinburgh International Folk Festival.

Central to the programme is a love of Scotland’s traditional arts. Venues taking part include The Pleasance, Queens Hall, Dance Base and Teviot Row House, with outdoor events happening on Calton Hill, Arthur’s Seat and Portobello Promenade. Musical highlights include Karine Polwart, Alasdair Roberts, Shooglenifty and the Northern Streams event celebrating Nordic dance, music and song.

Various venues, Edinburgh, Wed 24 Apr–Mon 6 May.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed here is accurate, always check with the venue before attending (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic).


Funky ambient folk band from Edinburgh.

The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne

Fri 13 May

£19.25 / 0191 230 4474

Oslo, London E8

Sun 15 May

£19.25 / 020 3553 4831

The Parish, Huddersfield

Sat 14 May

£19.25 / 01484 522800

Northern Streams: Nordic Dance, Music and Song

Back to delight Edinburgh audiences with their mesmerising fiddle, vocals, piano and feet skills, Hal Parfitt Murray and Nikolaj Busk (Denmark), are joined on the bill by the amazing dancing male Danes 3 Men and a Bottle and their accompanist, Pia Nygaard, as well as Scottish/Swedish fiddler Kirsty-Jacqueline Lingard.

Flowers of Edinburgh

A celebration of Edinburgh folk music talent.

Alasdair Roberts and Friends – Wonder Working

Lyrical journeys of love, death, sex, faith and history – turning the wheels of the world. No-one is pushing the boundaries further. With Ben Reynolds, Shane Connolly, Rafe Fitzpatrick, Stevi Jones and Olive Chaney. ‘The sound of new myths and new music being hewn from folk’s stone.’ – The Wire