Art Gallery of Alberta

World Storytelling Day

TALES presents World Storytelling Day

Sunday, March 24, 1 pm
Ledcor Theatre, Lower Level
$12 Adults / $8 Children, plus applicable fees
Tickets are available at Tix on the Square or by calling 780.420.1757

World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling. It is celebrated every year on the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere. On World Storytelling Day, as many people as possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible, during the same day and night. Participants tell each other about their events in order to share stories and inspiration, to learn from each other and create international contacts.

In celebration of World Storytelling Day the AGA is hosting an event produced by T.A.L.E.S. The Alberta League Encouraging Storytelling, as part of its BMO All Day Sunday programming.

Fortune and Fate

Come hear tales of Fortune and Fate! Listen to young tellers, community tellers and TALES members as they spin stories from around the globe. Here are a few of the tellers you’ll hear.

Dr. Zhi Jones, Associate Director at the University of Alberta’s Education Abroad program will create insights into Chinese folklore with “The Dragon’s Pearl”.

Peter Midgley, who grew up in small towns in Namibia and South Africa, surrounded by stories and storytellers. He started telling stories in 1993 and has since performed in South Africa, Namibia, the USA and Canada. He currently lives in Edmonton. His children’s book “Thuli’s New Mattress” was a winner of the IBBY / Asahi Award for Literacy Promotion in 1996. He will tell a South African folktale.

Liam Shaw, a Story Slam winner, will craft a personal story about meeting his Japanese girlfriend in Ireland.

Laura O’Connor, long-time TALES member, will tell an Iraqi folktale, “Lazy Akmed”.

Bethany Ellis, also a TALES member, has been telling stories for longer than she hasn’t. Her tales have taken her to England, Asia, Africa, and across Canada in classrooms and libraries. She will perform a bilingual tale, “Les Trois Oranges”.