PHOTOS BY DASHA GULIAIEVA
A NIGHT DEDICATED TO STORYTELLING
It's our belief that people feel better telling stories. And that listening to others' stories connects and enriches communities, bridging backgrounds, beliefs, ages and languages.That's the idea behind our Open Mic Night initiative. Open Mic Night 3 on Saturday April 16 was a departure in that we had a new format, based roughly on The Moth in New York City. People told stories that happened to them—real stories—without paper and in about 5 minutes.
The stories were exactly what we were looking for: honest, moving, funny, brave, captivating—and unexpected.
Thanks to the storytellers brave enough to step up to the mic baring—for lack of a better word—their souls to us on Saturday night. Congratulations to James Mackay. His first-place-winning story about overcoming childhood trauma at the hands of a maniacal Hungarian masseur achieved what the best stories, written or spoken, aim for but rarely achieve: to make the painful moments in life not only bearable in retrospect but gloriously funny, without cheapening the heartbreak.
Thanks also to our judges Marilena Zackheos and Stavrinos Kyriakou. I can't think of two people who have given more to WRITE CY or believe more in the idea than these two. And a million more thanks to Orestes, who is hands-down one of the nicest guys I've ever met or worked with and definitely the most laid-back bar owner in the Western or Eastern hemisphere.
Another huge thanks goes to Dasha Guliaieva for documenting the night. Not only documenting, but capturing the essence of our stories.
If you'd like to participate in the next Open Mic Storytellers Night, here are our guidelines.