Storytellers Stavrinos Kyriakou and Max Sheridan will perform children’s Christmas stories in Cypriot and English for kids ages 5-10 at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation's Book Me festival on Saturday 10 Dec, 2016 11:30AM-12:30PM. Stavrinos, a graduate of the Art of Storytelling School and folk storyteller, will be performing a Grimm Brothers’ classic in Cypriot. Sheridan, the director of Nicosia-based creative writing and storytelling space Write CY, will be telling an original tale in English.
Instructor: Max Sheridan
Community storytelling is experiencing a revival worldwide. It isn’t hard to see why. Sharing stories publicly is an antidote to our increasingly virtual existences, making our communities more connected and lively places. This live storytelling workshop will show storytellers how to transform personal experiences into meaningful stories sharable within their communities and beyond. We’ll be exploring our own storytelling voices and narrative elements like plot structure and pacing, while preparing ourselves for the challenges of live performance. By the end of the workshop*, participants will have the tools and confidence to prepare a five-minute story they can perform at the next Write CY Open Mic Night at Prozak on Wed 21 Dec, 2016.
Space is limited to 10.
*A follow-up meeting two weeks after the workshop can be arranged with the instructor where students will have the chance to rehearse their stories and get feedback.
Revered Norwegian memoirist Karl Ove Knausgaard makes a pitstop at Write CY to perform Richard Donner's 1982 comedy classic The Toy, starring Jackie Gleason, Richard Pryor and Scott Schwartz. In this unique 5-hour, non-stop performance, Knausgaard will be playing all three roles, delivering his lines in progressively strained tones until the weight of his performance is subsumed by the inertia of the audience, engulfing spectators and performer alike in an "avalanche of Norwegian gloom". €20 tickets may be purchased directly at Write CY.
Instructor: Elenitsa Georgiou
Duration: 2 hours
Age: Kids ages 6-10
Cost: €7.5 (siblings €5)
Join us for an evening of interactive storytelling as we follow the stories of three small insects on their extraordinary adventures. Children will become part of the stories through oral storytelling, tongue-twisters, movement, singing, musical improvisation and map-making. The workshop is being co-organized by Majestic Music Tree creator Elenitsa Georgiou and Write CY. Seating is limited for this event, so please contact the Majestic Music Tree in advance at 99044055 to book your child's place.
THE MAJESTIC MUSIC TREE
The Majestic Music Tree is an artistic group of educators that provides music educational and storytelling performances for children, teenagers and adults. This tree grows everywhere; in festivals, schools, museums and parks!
While I was young my grandmother’s songs, lullabies and stories filled my days. I was (and still am) a girl who's always thirsty and passionate about knowledge. Some call it a case of 'the curious cat'!
With a suitcase hanging from my hand and my magical pair of red shoes, I left Cyprus to study abroad. Firstly, I put inside the bag a Bachelor of Music and then I was off to UK with a Master of Music and the Creative Arts in Education falling into the suitcase. Workshops, seminars, festivals—I went everywhere my heart led me, just like we follow the smell of an aromatic, delicious dish, with the eyes closed. Music education workshops, mime and physical theatre, singing in traditional music events, storytelling, etc.
I started 'spinning my red thread on the wheel' of tale writing in 2011. Since then I have been organizing and leading interactive performances and workshops related to fairy tales and music for young and 'older' children at schools (in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture), festivals (1st and 2nd Storytelling Festival and Fengaros Festival), museums (Folk Art Museum, Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, Decorated Bread Museum) and other art spaces. When inspiration knocks on my door, I smile and my pencils are set on fire. Again and again and again!