Havana to Host Int’l Festival of Story Telling
- Submitted by: manso
- Arts and Culture
- 06 / 30 / 2011
2011.06.29 - 18:11:14 / radiorebelde.icrt.cu. Havana, Cuba.- The second International Festival of Story Telling “Stories for an Ancient City” will take place July 7-11 in different squares and parks of the historical section of Havana.
The Festival’s general director Osvaldo Manuel Perez said public spaces of the Cuban capital will be invaded by story tellers as part of activities marking the Children’s Day, starting at 10 am, while in the afternoon there will be group narrations which participants in the Festival will take part of.
Artists from Cuba, Mexico and Angola will take part in the event that will be dedicated to Haydee Arteaga, the Lady of Short Stories, who –at 96– is a living legend of this traditional art.
The program features a talk by Arteaga at the Convivencia Café of the Casa de la Poesía poetry center, which is the main venue of the Festival. It also includes a special performance at the Leonor Perez maternity home, and the presentation of records and books, as well as exchange with foreign story tellers.
Three days before the inauguration, Florinda Piña, president of the Civil Association of Story Tellers of Mexico will give a lecture about the importance of body language and universal literature readings.
According to Manuel Perez, organizers of the event are hoping for the Festival to turn Havana into a big stage in the future. He noted that the initiative has already be taken by to other countries such as Peru which is celebrating its own festival of story telling in 2012.