20th International Storytelling Festival

20th International Storytelling Festival
ID : N-999 Date : 2018/01/08 - 12:17

(Persia Digest) - From a long time ago, there was a means of cultural communication between people through which many criticisms and reviews on relations between people and the powers that be, were told. The Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults has been organizing the storytelling festival for 20 years and this year is the 20th edition of this international festival, beginning on 2January 2018.

In these twenty years, there were many children who by now have grown up, but have not forgotten how the storytelling of their childhood years impacted either their creativity or their narrative skills.

This year, the 20th International Storytelling Festival will run 22-25 January at the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults.

Narration has an important station in the literature and performance of plays in Iran. Many methods of Iranian play performance occur through narration and storytelling. Methods such as minstrelsy, recounting stories, comical acts on domestic life, blackface act, stories on mythical heroes and paladins, and this very same means of cultural  communication has been receiving wide reception from a long time ago and continues to have many enthusiasts.

The Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults has already announced the awards for the side programs of the Festival. Two visually impaired children have won the story telling contest.

The stories “Three watermelon seeds” and “The girl with the fuzzy hair” are the stories told by Tahereh Bashir and Sepideh Ebrahimi. These will be performed on stage for audiences during the festival. These two selected works were submitted from Tehran and Chahar Mahal provinces to the Secretariat of the Festival.

Also, Tal`at Kamalzadeh with the story “The hungry mouse” from Hormozgan Province was voted the storyteller worthy of commendation.

Creativity in narrating a story, ability to tell a story, creating an atmosphere suitable for the story, utilizing body language and improvisation in how to end the story, are among the important points in Iranian storytelling in this festival.

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