March is an important month in the life of storytellers. It is the month when the whole world comes together to celebrate stories. 20th March is World Storytelling Day – a day when storytellers around the world unite to tell stories, listen to stories, write, dance and sing stories – celebrate stories in every possible manner. The theme for World Storytelling Day 2017 was TRANSFORMATION.
A lot happened on World Storytelling Day 2017. We bring you a quick look.
Hanging Out With Storytellers via Hangouts
Whoever said storytelling and technology could not sail in the same boat will now have to eat their words. A special event hosted by Bangalore Storytelling Society, the ‘Hangout with Storytellers’ featured top storytellers from around the world – including Jan Blake, Wangari Grace, Sheila Wee, John Mukeni, Sowmya Srinivasan and Eric Miller – as they shared stories about ‘Transformation’. Attendees could join via YouTube Live to listen.
Watch the video of the complete Hangout below:
Story-Slam and World Performance Week – Kolkata
World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of hearing and being heard; with as many people as possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible, on the same day. And there is no better way to help people come out with as many stories possible, than a Story-Slam. Wild Strawberry – Kolkata conducted a Story Slam with the theme ‘Transformation’ where the storytellers and audience were invited to Slam each other on-the-spot, with a new story that was somehow related to the stories they had already heard.
‘Telling Tales of Transformation – Delhi Storytellers’ Network
Storytellers in Delhi explored the various ways storytelling transforms – through visual, written and oral storytelling – throughout the month of March. Elsewhere, storytellers held storytelling, story-writing and visual storytelling sessions in various parts of the city and its suburbs. The month concluded with a meetup where every participant came up with stories of transformation.
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