for the Storyteller Magazine, Australian Storytelling Guild (NSW) March 2009
nothing more exciting than jumping on a plane and heading overseas to be
part of a storytelling festival. A whole weekend of telling and listening to
stories. Mmm I love the idea! The ancient oral art form of telling and
listening to stories is alive and well in festivals around the world
While we’re all missing having a regular national storytelling festival in Australia, I thought I’d inspire you with a little review of my most recent experiences of two fine storytelling festivals in New Zealand – The Glistening Waters International Storytelling Festival (held biennially during October in Masterton on the north island), and the Southern Skies Storytelling Festival, a new festival held in Invercargill on the south island).
festivals have a uniquely delightful style, woven together with cultural
threads of contemporary
audiences in the
the Southern Skies Storytelling Festival, I had the chance to spend some
intimate time with two master tellers from
The Glistening Waters Storytelling Festival provides story listeners many different opportunities for experiencing storytelling in large stage shows as well as intimate solo sessions in classrooms. It was wonderful to have three Aussie storytellers invited to the 2008 Glistening Waters Festival (myself, Donna Jacobs Sife and Hendre Roelink). Alas, I was too busy performing to be able to attend many of the solo sessions, but I heard great things about these sessions and really enjoyed my own solo time. In the coziness of a classroom (out of school hours!), thirty or so people can gather to hear a whole hour of stories from one teller.
Storytelling festivals are a place to make new storytelling friends, to hear new stories, to pick up some storytelling technical tips and to feel the pure pleasure and magic of being immersed in stories all weekend.
sure to include these two
Coming up for me this year is the Singapore International Storytelling Festival.
I’m excited to be invited to be a feature teller and will be presenting at the festival
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