Strong Women and Brave Girls
Feisty Females in Fable, Fact and Folklore
World Storytelling Day 2016 with the Peterborough Storytellers
World Storytelling Day started in Sweden in the early 1990s around the time of the spring equinox. It wasn’t long before the concept was taken up in other countries including Scandinavia, Australia and Latin America, and in 2003, Canada. Since then, World Storytelling Day has spread around the world with events on all continents except Antarctica. This year the theme for World Storytelling Day is Strong Women and Brave Girls.
We tell stories because stories contain valuable insights about life. They give us information about topics like how to be brave, what it is like to be different, and what happens when we behave in a certain way. Each storyteller goes through a process of finding or remembering stories that will give themselves and their audience some deep resonance and enjoyment.
Our tellers will include Betty Bennett, Rita Grimaldi, Don Herald, Robert Moreton and Angelica Ottewell interpreting a variety of stories about historical and folkloric characters, some stories with harp, oboe or recorder accompaniment and one story told in mask. Our guest musician is Tori Owen, oboe player with the Peterborough Symphony.
The centerpiece of the concert will be an ensemble telling with musical accompaniment of a mediaeval tale, The Faithful Wife. Four storytellers will perform this story – each taking a different role in the story while our fifth storyteller narrates.
The concert will be held on Friday, March 18, 7-9 pm at George Street United Church Auditorium, 534 George St. North, Peterborough and on Sunday, March 20, 2-4 pm at The Clock Tower Cultural Centre, 36 Front Street South, Campbellford.
Admission is Pay-What-You Can ($5.00 suggested, refreshments included). The stories we will tell are suitable for adults and children 12 and over.