Festival of Storytelling
Aug 22 - Aug 28
Storytelling is one of the oldest methods of communication and helps us share our history, heritage and culture with others through music, dance, performance and spoken word.
With a combination of live, in person and online events, the storytelling festival will feature a vibrant variety of storytellers including puppeteers, musicians, performances and poets, across venues including our libraries, historic houses and open spaces, bringing people together and inspiring us to consider the stories we have to share.
WORKSHOP – Making Stories Come Alive
22 August, 11.30am-12.30pm, Bedfont Library
Adults (aged 18+)
Want to improve your storytelling skills? Whether it’s using a book or just using your voice, this workshop explores a range of techniques to help make a story come alive and hold the attention of those listening.
STORYTELLING – Chicken Licken
26 August, 11-11.30am and 12.30-1pm, London Museum of Water and Steam
Chicken Licken thinks the sky is falling down, so he sets off to tell the king. What will happen to him and his friends Henny Penny, Little Red Hen, Turkey Lurkey and Goosey Loosey?
STORYTELLING – A Necklace of Raindrops
23 August, 10.30-11am and 11.30am-12pm, Gallery 3, Musical Museum
Stories performed with original live music, spoken word, shadow puppetry and a crankie theatre with scrolling paper scenery.
STORYTELLING – The Patchwork Quilt
23 August, 2-2.30pm and 3-3.30pm, Gallery 3, Musical Museum
A fantastic tale of wonder and magic, featuring enchanting shadow puppetry, a ‘crankie theatre’ with moving scenery, storytelling and sparkling live music.
WORKSHOP – Make your own mini crankie theatre and story-scroll: a workshop for adults.
24 August, 2-5pm. The Arts Centre Hounslow
Adults (aged 16+)
A ‘crankie’ is a miniature theatre box with scrolling scenery and is a form of pre-cinematic moving image, dating back to Victorian times. Come explore your creativity and learn a new skill! Crankie making is a fun, accessible art form, with plenty of storytelling potential. No prior experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn as you go along.
WORKSHOP – Telling Stories Connecting Generations
23 August, 11am-12:30pm, The Hub, Feltham Library
25 August, 11am-12:30pm, The Salopian Garden
Families (aged 12+) and adults
Think of your favourite story. Who told it to you and what makes it so special/memorable? Was it the content or was it the teller of the tale spinning and combining words and phrases to magically mentally draw you into a different place.
STORYTELLING – Caribbean Folklore
23 August, 2 – 2.30pm and 3 – 3.30pm, The Hub, Feltham Library
25 August, 2 – 2.30pm and 3 – 3.30pm, The Salopian Garden
An exploration of the stories, characters and tales that have transcended through generations and painted the landscape of Caribbean traditional storytelling. Learn more about the folklore characters and whispered mysteries attached to the most iconic beaches, churches and popular destinations.
STORYTELLING – Kitchen Kundalini
22 August, 7 – 8:30pm, Kitchen Garden at Chiswick House and Gardens
Adults (aged 18+)
In the Kitchen Garden of Chiswick House, storyteller Xanthe Gresham-Knight brews herbs, blends sweetmeats and tells tales of Goddesses, Buddhas and Holy Herbs. Warning: recipe contains nuts.
STORYTELLING – Goddesses and Heroines
24 August, 2 – 3.30pm (w/ 20-minute interval), Concert Hall, Musical Museum
Interactive storytelling for families (aged 7+)
Since ancient times, goddesses and heroines have given shape to the wonders of our world. Explore the desert with the snake of Inanna, surf the spray to play with Aphrodite’s dolphins – be feisty, be fearless and become a legend.
The Crick Crack Club
25 August, 10.30am – 12.30pm, Heston Library Garden
25 August, 3 – 5pm, Hounslow High Street
26 August, 10.30am – 12.30pm, Feltham High Street
26 August, 3 – 5pm, Feltham Green
28 August, 11am – 1pm, Shrewsbury Walk
28 August, 3.30 – 5.30pm, Brentford Lock
A high voltage mythological mash-up is coming to a street corner near you! Storytelling & music ensemble Crick Crack Club brings all the very best bits of myth & epic poetry from the world’s four quarters. No need to book tickets, just show up!
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