Chennai Storytelling Festival 2019

Fri 1, to Sun 10 Feb 2019


CSF 2019 would be the 7th edition of the Festival.


Info about editions 1-6 of the CSF is here.


Themes of CSF 2019 would include:


"Both Real and Virtual".


"Storytelling for Creativity and Fun, Teaching, Training, and Healing".


"Stories about Strong and Clever Girls and Women".


"Ways the Dravidian Movement Uses Stories".




Featured Storytellers of CSF 2019:




From Edinburgh, Scotland -- Ms Marion Kenny.


Ms Marion is one of Scotland’s leading storytellers, a highly regarded multi-instrumentalist, and an inspirational trainer.  Her repertoire includes the great epic sagas from Ireland and Scotland, folktales (including wonder tales and trickster tales), creation myths, stories of the natural world, and historical stories.  Additional info is here.




From California, USA -- Ms Ruth Stotter.


Ms Ruth has been awarded a Fulbright grant to conduct Workshops on "Incorporating Storytelling in Interdisciplinary Education" for teacher-trainees in numerous education colleges in Chennai, and to be with us during CSF 2019.  For fifteen years, Ms Ruth directed a Storytelling Program at a college in California.  Additional info is here.




Ms Marion and Ms Ruth would be mentoring Storytellers as performers and instructors during the ten days of CSF 2019. 




Also scheduled to participate in CSF 2019 --


From Toronto, Canada --

Ms Diana Tso (of Chinese ancestry)


Ms Rubena Sinha (of Indian ancestry).


They often perform together.





Festival Schedule (not yet complete)


On Thurs 7, Fri 8, and Sat 9 Feb, the Festival would occur at Loyola College.


On these 3 days, Festival events would occur in LS Hall (with small groups at times meeting outside LS Hall in shaded areas).


Parts of some of the sessions could be attended by people -- and could be conducted by people -- connected to LS Hall by (Zoom) videoconference.


The following 6 Workshops would be conducted by teams of trainers.


Thurs 7th Feb --

9am-10am, Inauguration of "CSF 2019 at Loyola College".


10am-12:30pm -- Workshop for College Students, 1 of 2: "Basic Storytelling: for Fun, Self-expression, and Creativity".


12:30pm-1:30pm -- Lunch.


1:30pm-4pm -- Workshop for College Students, 2 of 2: "Storytelling for a Job interview, a Project report, and to Win someone's heart".


4:30pm-6:30pm -- Storytelling Performances (format not yet finalised).


Fri 8th Feb --

10:30am-12:30pm -- Workshop for Adults, 1 of 4: "Basic Storytelling: for Fun, Self-expression, and Creativity".


12:30pm-1:30pm -- Lunch.


1:30pm-4pm -- Workshop for Adults, 2 of 4: "Storytelling for Teaching-and-learning English Language".


4:30pm-6:30pm -- Storytelling Performances (7 Storytellers, up to 12 minutes each).


Sat 9th Feb --

10am-12:30pm -- Workshop for Adults, 3 of 4: "Storytelling for Teaching-and-learning any Academic Subject".


12:30pm-1:30pm -- Lunch.


1:30pm-4pm -- Workshop for Adults, 4 of 4: "Storytelling for Coaching and Counselling".


4:30pm-6:30pm -- Storytelling Performances (7 Storytellers, up to 12 minutes each).


Sun 10th Feb --


"Video Recording Day".  This would occur at a video studio, probably in KK Nagar.  A Storyteller could book a ten minute (or longer) time-slot and record a performance.  A wireless collar mic and professional video camera would be used.  The only audience members would be other Storytellers.  The recordings could be placed on a pen drive and/or Youtube.  Payment (one-thousand rupees, or perhaps a little less, for a ten-minute recording) would go directly to the video studio.




Please let me know --


... if you might like to perform on Thurs 7, Fri 8, or Sat 9 Feb, 4:30pm-6:30pm.  Priority would be given to out-of-town visitors and experienced tellers.


... if you might like to join the team that would conduct one or more of the 6 Workshops described above.


... if you might like to attend -- or conduct a section of -- one or more of these Workshops via (Zoom) videoconference.




Note:  There may be evening performances on days other than Thurs 7, Fri 8, or Sat 9 Feb.  Those other possible performances would occur elsewhere than Loyola College.


Please propose any additional events.


Many thanks,


- Eric

Chennai, 20 Oct 2018

98403 94282 (NGO) (personal)


Chennai Storytelling Festival 2019 is presented by the World Storytelling Institute in collaboration Chennai Storytellers, Loyola College (Chennai), and numerous other organisations and individuals.





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