Monday, May 18, 2015

Borneo International Storytelling Festival


A festival within a festival! Borneo International Storytelling Festival 2015 is part of the Kota Kinabalu Festival of Theatre and Storytelling (KKFTAS) and is organised by Kiddo Family Fun. The Borneo International Storytelling Festival is particularly aimed at families with young children. It aims to highlight the importance of storytelling and the ways it can be used at home, in schools and in the community.

Borneo Storytelling Festival 2015 will feature a line-up of renowned international and local storytellers who will facilitate a series of adult workshops and children camps on the art of storytelling; and how the power and influence of story-telling could inspire creativity, enrich literacy skills and ignite the desire to learn.

Here are some of the storytellers:

Uncle Fat- Chen, Ming-Hsiang (Taiwan)

Uncle Fat is a pensioner army who lives in Kaoshiung, Taiwan. He is a very active storyteller who conducts 300 storytelling sessions per year. He is also the Storyteller and Music & Movement Instructor of ETTV TV Station programme “Little Fun Band”. Apart from that, he does storytelling for Kaoshiung Radio Station Programme “Story from the Little Stamp”. He is also a trainer for Storytelling for Native University of Kaoshiung, as well as a volunteer storyteller of Kaoshiung Library, Children Art Museum, Shelter Homes and more.

Wajuppa Tossa ( Thailand )

A teacher and storyteller trained under Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald, has been telling stories since 1995 to revitalize the use of Isan dialects and folktales among young people to engender pride in local cultural heritage. She has also successfully used folktales and storytelling in her teaching of English and literature.

Made Taro & Gede Tarmada ( Indonesia )

Made Taro was born in Bali and has always loved traditional stories, games and children’s songs. He has been a story teller since 1973 and has performed in Indonesia, Darwin, Pretoria and at the Ubud Writers’ and Readers’ Festival. For the past 35 years he has run Kukuruyuk, a children’s group for 8 – 12 year olds, where he educates children through stories and traditional games such as the gasing (top spinning) and mecungklik (game played with bamboo). His storytelling sessions also include singing and traditional percussion accompaniment. He has written more than 30 books about traditional games, children’s songs and folktales. A recipient of many awards as an outstanding teacher, preserver of culture, storyteller and writer, he was bestowed the prestigious Anugerah Kebudayaan (Cultural Medallion) from the President of the Republic of Indonesia in 2009.

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