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StoryFest 2018 – Programme Booklet

Message from THE ARTS

Message from THE ARTS HOUSE I grew up listening to stories. For me, stories were gateways to new worlds and perspectives. They spark my imagination and deepen my understanding of the world and people around me. In fact, for over 40,000 years since the first cave paintings were drawn, storytelling has become more than a means of exchanging information and extending ideas but how we reach out and connect with each other. lives of many Singaporeans and we hope that those spoken during the festival will continue to do so. We invite you to #BeLegendary and embark on an aural journey that will take you around the world and even into the magical realms. Sarah Martin CEO, Arts House Limited The success of the inaugural StoryFest at The Arts House last year showed that all of us love stories whether young or old. Performances for adults and children were equally well received. This year, we are honoured to continue working with The Storytelling Centre Limited to present the second edition of the festival with 17 programmes that tell tales of myths and legends. It is also our hope that the festival will help to forge new relationships and encourage cultural exchange between the international storytellers and our Singapore talents. This is why beyond presenting enchanting tales, StoryFest 2018 features five workshops and two masterclasses to guide aspiring storytellers towards the development of their own practice and professionals who apply storytelling in their work. The words spoken in the 190-year history of the The Arts House have impacted the 2

PUBLIC ACTIVITIES Story House By Big Tiny & The Storytelling Centre Ltd Fri 1 June to Sun 3 June 2018, 11am to 8pm Front of The Arts House The perfect place for storytelling for all ages! Story House is a cosy, intimate space sponsored by Big Tiny for StoryFest 2018. Come explore selected storytelling books, puppets and resources as you gather with friends and family inside this special space. Reconnect with the power of listening as you hear stories told. Discover sharing your own stories through simple story games and story cards. Story House is a free public activity that encourages everyone, both big and small and young and old to sit down, gather as a community and share the beauty and wonder of storytelling. Ignite your imaginations and #BeLegendary! Founded in March 2017, Big Tiny is the first company in Singapore to integrate the concept of “tiny houses” with eco-tourism. “Tiny houses” are part of an international trend of simplifying lives by reducing the size, and therefore the resource consumption, of homes without sacrificing quality of life. The brainchild of three Singaporean entrepreneurs, Big Tiny stems from a desire to 1) offer the city dweller a chance to experience the perfect escape from a hectic, digitally-laden lifestyle; and 2) enable anyone to have a part in this new way of living. www.bigtiny.com.sg Story Cloth Making By mslatenightjam Fri 1 June to Sun 3 June 2018, 11am to 8pm Front Porch, The Arts House Paying tribute to the festival theme #BeLegendary, visual artist mslatenightjam creates illustrations inspired by the key stories told during StoryFest 2018. Taking elements from characters, landscapes and motifs, she paints a series of Story Cloths reminiscent of the traditional pieces of illustrated fabrics used by bards and storytellers. Commissioned by The Storytelling Centre Ltd, the Story Cloth is a free community engagement activity suitable for all ages. Pick up a brush, be guided by mslatenightjam, and take your time as you bring life to visual stories through colour. Watch as the legends and myths are slowly revealed over the span of the festival. Ignite your imaginations and #BeLegendary! 3