International Storytelling Conference for Sydney 27-29 May

Published by: Sirmai Arts Marketing | 4-May-2016
Sydney will this month host the biennial international conference for adults who use storytelling"¦ in every imaginable way. Weaving Stories Together - running from 27-29 May - brings together creative, expressive people from the disparate areas of education, health and welfare, business, entertainment and community. What they have in common is a passion for sharing stories.
Venue: St Joseph's Conference Centre
Address: 64 MacKillop Drive, Baulkham Hills
Date: Friday 27th May to Sunday 29th
"Everyone loves a story," says conference co-convenor and Storytellers NSW president Christine Carlton.

"Most of us were raised on them. The art of storytelling is one of our oldest art forms. But the art of good oral storytelling is sometimes misunderstood. Most people think of children's stories when the word storytelling is mentioned. But storytelling applies to many different audiences in many different contexts. The impact of these stories, whether they are historical, personal or traditional, depends on the skill of the storyteller."

The Australian Storytelling Guild is links practitioners across the country and the NSW chapter is hosting this latest fourth such biennial conference "“ with a slew of local and international guests from the US, Europe & Australasia. They will meet to share stories, skills and to connect with like-minded people.

Fabulous international storyteller David Novak from USA (pictured right) will present the conference keynote, a workshop "The Storyteller's Compass" and two pre-conference masterclasses "Massaging the Story" and "Exercising the Listener".

Other international guest presenters include painter, Hawaiian puppeteer and mime Jeff Gere (below left), educational US storyteller and author Donna Washington, New Zealand social worker and performer Mary Kippenberger (below right). Among the Australian presenters are internationally successful novelist Kate Forsyth and inspirational Wiradjuri man Larry Brandy from Central NSW.

There are 16 different workshops including the history of storytelling, therapeutic storytelling, love stories, techniques for engaging preschool children and the power of body language. There will be an 'story slam' (impromptu tale-telling) contest, an adult concert and a family concert featuring school age finalists from the NSW Storytelling competition.

The entire conference is open to the public with no prior experience or qualifications necessary.

"If you love stories and would like to improve your skills in telling, no matter whom your audience is "“ come along!" adds Carlton.

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