The inaugural festival was in 1991 –
Since then, there has been an array of world class storytellers gracing Vancouver stages. See Festival Archive Gallery for a glimpse !
FESTIVALS THAT HAVE COME AND GONE
A CABINET OF CURIOSITIESTickets are available in advance through Eventbrite or at the door, or volunteer with the festival to receive a FREE weekend pass!
Friday June 13 | 8-10pm
The Tallest Tails and Reddest Noses
Hungarian Hall, 728 Kingsway, Vancouver
Saturday June 14 | 3-5pm
Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert St., Vancouver
Saturday June 14 | 8-10pm
The Shahnameh, a Persian Epic
Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert St., Vancouver
Sunday June 15 | 10:30am-12
Sugar Mountain: Family Storytime
Native Education College, 285 E 5th Ave., Vancouver
Sunday June 15 | 3-5pm
Panel Discussion: Storytelling for Social Change
SFU Woodward’s World Arts Centre, 145 W Hastings St., Vancouver
Sunday June 15 | 7:30-9:30pm
Curiouser and Curiouser
St. Marks Church, 1805 Larch Street, Vancouver
Monday June 16 | 6:30-9:30pm
The Digital Dilemma and the Storyteller
Circle Hall at Cascadia Society, North Vancouver
what stories are made of
the 19th Vancouver International Storytelling Festival
June 8-12, 2012
With what stories are made of, the VSOS aspired to hold a listening space for all; from the first-person-personal to the mythic, from archetypical landscapes to the geographic realities of these Coast Salish territories.
The VSOS lent its support to stories of accessible education, food security, active transportation, rain-ways, civic engagement, urban design and intergenerational/cultural dialogue.
Friday June 8 – Opening Gala
In the Sun Yat-Sen Garden’s Hall of a Hundred Rivers, tellers were: Larry Grant (Musqueam), Brian Campbell, Abegael Fisher-Lang, Quelemia Sparrow and Kevan Cameron – aka Scruff Mouth. Listeners heard the buzzing of bees and the poetics of a vast mythic landscape. Remembering what we have forgotten, salmon ancestors swim.
Saturday June 9 – ELEMENTAL bike/bus tour
MC’s/Guides/Storytellers: Sara Ross, Godfrey Levy, Naomi Steinberg, Sam Bob, Jumin Lee, Vesna Radiojevic, Wendy Charbonneau, Ms. Kezar’s Grade 6/7 class, the Ladies in White
Saturday, June 9 – Ghost Stories
The home of the University Women’s Club backyard provided space for a free reception, which included foodie snacks, music and haunted delights.
Audiences had the opportunity to explore one of Vancouver’s unique heritage buildings and listen to stories that contextualized and celebrated the building. Storytellers were: Jean-Pierre Makosso, Bryant Ross, Laura Simms and Zaccheus Jackson.
MC: Hazel Lennox and Tony Rainbow
Sunday, June 10 – Family Storytime
MC Woody Morrison
Sunday, June 10 – Closing Gala
Somewhere in between talk-show, interview and performance, this evening of first-person personal storytelling with a twist was a pleasure and delight. Storytellers were: Amanada Nahanee, Naomi Steinberg and Veenesh Dubois.
MC: Rupinder Sidhu
Also of note on Sunday was the filled to overflow Panel Discussion, Sunday Afternoon. For a longer listen, please consider here:
Co-presented by the Vancouver Public Library, Banyen Books and Sound and the VSOS, this panel discussion was on the applications of storytelling for social change. Panelists were: Zaccheus Jackson, Comfort Ero, and Laura Simms.
Moderator: Julia Lane.
Monday June 11-12 The Power of Story
SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, the Vancouver Society of Storytelling, and Banyen Books & Sound presented a storytelling evening & workshop with Laura Simms.
The Festival would not have been possible without a number of philanthropists making generous donations at the last minute.
We are very grateful to: Ilana Labow and Fresh Roots, Aaron Ash and Gorilla Foods, Janet Coates, Toronto Dominion, Mrs. Esther Steinberg, Claudine Pommier, Linda Stender, Flora Purcell, Moshe Mastai, Randi and Sam Winter, Philomena Jordan, Muneera Wallace
Artistic Director: Naomi Steinberg
Festival Assistant: Muneera Wallace
We, our stories:
THE 18TH VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
Friday, June 11 – Sunday June 13th, 2010
We are very proud to have presented the following programmes and performers as part of the “We, Our Stories” Storytelling Festival in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver B.C. www.vancouverchinesegarden.com/
A Sustainability Story …?
Riding the wave of Vancouver’s biking craze, the VSOS distributed bike-seat rain-covers promoting the festival. See Photo Gallery for more images of this Guerilla Marketing campaign !
Rustling Leaves: Storytelling In The Garden
In the weeks before and after the festival, children, parents and teachers felt the space around them grow still as professional storytellers wove tales of far away times and places.
« Les Franco-Contes » For The Francophones
Après avoir terminé un atelier “Telling Bee” avec la conteuse Naomi Steinberg, les étudiants en Immersion Française en 9ième année de l’École Sir Winston Churchill ont partager et célébrer des contes qui viennent de leur culture. Jacques Lalonde, vedette ‘underground’ de Vancouver, s’est présenté comme chef d’orchestre.
Having undertaken a two month ‘Telling Bee’ workshop series with storyteller Naomi Steinberg, Grade 9 students from Churchill highschool showcased stories that celebrate their cultural heritage. Local icon, Jacques Lalonde hosted these students in their exciting public storytelling debut.
Debt of Tears – Site specific storytelling with Wang Su Ma
The Debt of Tears, based on a classic Chinese novel The Dream of the Red Chamber, is a story of two lovers bound by a spell that was set in motion by the Goddess, Nu Wa. This story is told in a garden named for Sun Yat-Sen, a romantic revolutionary, who had a love story of his own.
A Chinatown Wander – Walking tours with Larry Wong
This walking tour was an intriguing way to discover Vancouver. Larry told of plots to overthrow dynasties, riots, ghosts and the World’s Narrowest Building, as well as sharing personal anecdotes on this wander through some of the (in)famous streets of Vancouver’s Chinatown.
Workshop – The Longest Days with Allison Cox
Celebrating the stories and spiritual journeys of the Summer Solstice”, participants explored both the ancient and current meanings of the summer’s return to our lives.
The Living Room
An intimate, informal setting for trading stories over tea.
At the heart of the City’s Great Beginnings Initiative is the desire to explore its roots and listen to the stories of each of its founding neighbourhoods. The StoryBox project was a partnership with urban ink, a non-profit organization that develops and produces aboriginal and culturally diverse works of theatre, writing and film. The bamboo grove in the public park adjacent to the Garden was woven with red yarn. Referring to the through-line narrative of a story (often called a red thread) and also an homage to indigenous weaving techniques, this visually compelling listening space was filled by the StoryBox storytellers.
A new element of this year’s Festival was the documentation process: First Nations elders with experience in new media mentored youth who are interested in photographic and film technologies as well as indigenous witnessing practices and protocols. Please stay tuned ::: excerpts from this and other traces of the festival will be posted as and when processed !
The following performers contributed to the Festival:
The Cultural Medicine Cabinet Choir a community choir rooted in political solidarity movements, spiritual journey and connected upliftment.
Dixie Star Dixie Star Storytelling is dedicated to the performance of innovative, inspiring, and interactive stories for adults and children. www.dixiestars.com
Max Tell Max Tell’s large collection of stories, songs and poems is deceptively simple, in the manner of Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss, in that they carry with them deep, profound truths. www.maxtell.ca
RC Weslowski RC Weslowski is a clown-mouth, full of x-ray visions, getting at the heart of things.
Zamir Dhanji This interdisciplinary performer is devoted to profound sharing though culture.
Wang Su Ma As a new immigrant from China, learning, sharing and telling stories are an important part of Wang Su Ma’s life
Allison Cox Travels across land and sea, performing, teaching and interviewing other storytellers for her books. www.dancingleaves.com/allison
Erin Graham Erin Graham’s unmistakable persona and engaging storytelling are key to her commitment to bringing light into the darkest corners of the world..
Little Woo Little Woo’s unique approach weaves performance art with storytelling. www.littlewoo.org
Mary Gavan Mary grew up a tramp. As her family wintered in Scotland and summered in Ireland, she grew up tramping to and fro, enjoying the songs and stories of her grandparents and country folk. www.vancouverstorytellers.vcn.bc.ca
Kwii ge ii wans (Roberta Kennedy) Roberta is a traditional Haida singer, drummer, and storyteller and one of Canada’s leading aboriginal performers. www.sharkhouse.ca
Larry Wong Larry Wong is director of the Vancouver Historical Society, curator of the Chinese Canadian Military Museum in Vancouver, and Past President of the Chinese-Canadian Historical Society of BC.