World Storytelling DAy 2019
I hope you managed to celebrate World Storytellling Day (20 March) by telling a story or two to mark the occasion. Here at FEAST we hosted a Story Swap with seven wonderful tellers - Ambujavalli, C Mangalam Senthil and Sonia Bareja from India, Lynne Kirk in Hong Kong, and Regina Ress, Hope Lewis and Fran Stallings in the USA. It was an exceptional 100 minutes of telling, with stories from India, China, Borneo and Japan. The variety in the stories, the differences in style and delivery, the humour in the telling, and the power of the actual storylines themselves, made it a marvellous celebration for the 20 or so participants in the swap who watched it live, from Kiran in Australia, for whom the swap began at 10.30pm, to Regina who logged on in New Mexico at 5.30am!
Sheila did an excellent job of recording every tale, with each teller captured full screen throughout. Telling to a web cam, which is impersonal and often really restricts your scope for movement, can be a challenge, but, as someone said when we were wrapping up, it was like we were privileged to have a series of world-class tellers in our living room.
The video is now available for viewing. Simply go to the Store and register and we will send you the link. Normally viewing our webinar videos involves a small fee, but in the spirit of WSD, we are happy to share these stories with anyone keen to watch them.
What is FEAST?
The Federation of Asian Storytellers was set up by a group of experienced storytellers with a vision of promoting the art of storytelling in Asia. It was officially launched in Chennai on 24 August 2018. Through the work of the Federation, we want to create more opportunities for tellers to perform , internationally and inter-culturally, by organising Festivals, performances and teller exchanges.
We also want to share our skills and encourage FEAST's members to learn from one another, as we have learned from each other while performing together in Festivals over more than a decade. We want to celebrate Asian stories and the many ways in which we make these tales connect with our audiences.
Through the work of FEAST we hope to develop new audiences and a new generation of storytellers. We look forward to welcoming you to the FEAST - either as a chef (our tellers!) or as someone hungry to be fed (our audience).
Learn about our Objectives
Why Join FEAST?
Access regular webinars that offer you the chance to learn from experienced tellers as they share ideas on different aspects of storytelling.
The annual conference is a chance to meet fellow tellers, take part in practical workshops and see/hear lots of storytellers in action. The conference will be held in a different Asian city each year.
FEAST was set up by the directors of storytelling festivals in Bangkok, Chennai, Jakarta, Kuching, Seoul and Singapore, so if you tell a story at the Conference . . . you may be talent-spotted!
Professional members, have your own page which can introduce you to people looking for a storyteller outside of your usual contacts.
Enjoy our catalogue of stories told and recorded by our members - and not only in English, too! (The full catalogue will only be accessible to members.) Over time it will become a fascinating and invaluable resource.
Looking for a story? Or a story on a theme? Or for a particular age-group? Or occasion? Submit your storytelling questions to our Forum and tap on the shared wisdom of like-minded people.
Become a Member
If you like to tell Asian stories, come join the FEAST!
Meet other storytellers who not only share your passion but who are willing to share their skills and stories.
Who knows what opportunities you might discover or create?
You'll certainly get to hear a lot of stories which you can think of adapting and adding to your telling repertoire!
We have six kinds of membership: which one suits you?