Dunedin Dancers organises an International Folk Dance Festival every two years. We usually invite three European folk dance groups to our festival, the visiting groups representing different folk dance backgrounds.
The festival is based in Edinburgh, where we learn each other's dances and join in social activities. We also put on a variety of public performances of international folk dancing in Edinburgh and at other venues such as Falkland Palace and Stirling Castle.
All our visitors are accommodated with hosts in and around Edinburgh. Hosting is an excellent way of participating in the festival, whether or not you can dance. It provides an opportunity to get to know foreign visitors and join in the social aspects of the festival. Hosts provide bed and breakfast for the week, and also a couple of packed lunches and two evening meals. This leaflet (1.3 MB) gives more information about hosting.
Our visitors are provided with most of their meals at our base and volunteers are always required to help prepare and serve the meals, man the private bar and generally help with the day to day tasks which ensure that the festival runs smoothly.
If you are a foreign folk dance group who would like to be invited to our festival, please note that we normally only invite groups that we have met at another folk dance festival, and that we decide which groups to invite about a year before each festival.
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