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2nd Annual Storytellers’ Conference (22/23 November 2019, Bangalore, India)

Open Call for Workshop Presenters

After the success of our inaugural Storytellers Conference in Singapore (November 2018) which drew 102 participants, FEAST is now planning its second Conference to be held in conjunction with the Bengaluru Storytelling Festival. The conference will be on 22 & 23 November and will be followed by the Bengaluru Storytelling Festival (BeStFestival) on24 November 2019).

We are seeking proposals for 8 – 10 workshops of 1.5 to 2-hrs duration. Most of our members are professional storytellers, or community tellers who use story in their work (e.g. as librarians, teachers, therapists, community workers etc). We are looking for workshops which will offer them practical skills or approaches to using storytelling. The areas which we think will prove of most interest relate to:

  •  Storytelling skills–e.g. with music, puppets, props, higher level performance skills.
  • Telling to a particular audience – e.g. preschool junior, teens, adults or seniors)
  • Telling for a particular purpose – e.g. cultural heritage, healing, environmental conservation, female empowerment, language learning, bi-lingual telling.

This is not an exhaustive list so please feel free to suggest other topics to us.

This is a very practical conference, so we are not looking for research papers.

Most of our members live and work in Asia (see https://feast.wildapricot.org/join-us for our definition of countries in Asia) but we also have non-resident members. Anyone is welcome at the Conference, regardless of nationality, religion or place of abode. The focus is on Asian folktales, but not exclusively so.

As FEAST is only in its second year, our budget is limited. We are highly conscious of the considerable income differences in countries throughout the region, and we work hard to make the Conference fee as affordable as practically possible; the Directors and the team in Bangalore organising the Conference, are all working on a voluntary basis.  Therefore, we are unable to pay travel or accommodation costs, but all workshop presenters will receive free admission to the Conference as well as a complimentary copy of FEAST’s second collection of Asian folktales which we plan to publish in association with the Conference.

For anyone thinking of taking an extended trip in the region, the Jakarta  Storytelling Festival  in Indonesia  is on the 2 & 3 November and the 398.2 Storytelling Festival in Singaporeis on the 1st December and  both festivals will consider requests to perform at them by   storytellers who are confirmed as FEAST conference workshop presenters.

If you have any questions please contact Sheila Wee on feaststory@gmail.com  


(Up to three alternative workshops please)

Please fill in the form given below before 15 April 2019 

  • 18 Sep 2018 22:47 | Roger Jenkins (Administrator)

    We are delighted to announce that Asia's longest running Storytelling Festival (founded 2010) the PENANG INTERNATIONAL KIDS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL, has joined FEAST and will be sending one (hopefully two!) representatives to the annual Conference. The Conference is a great opportunity for tellers keen to break into the international circuit to be seen by, and talk to, directors from festivals in Chennai, Bangalore, Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuching, Penang and Singapore!  

  • 13 Sep 2018 20:19 | Roger Jenkins (Administrator)

    See the story-swap!  Note that we only share those stories whose tellers give us permission to do so. I've also edited the recording to remove the little bit of dead time when the screen hung for two of the participants. Total run time is 67 minutes.

  • 9 Sep 2018 14:58 | Roger Jenkins (Administrator)

    FEAST hosted its first online Story Swap on the 7th September hosted by myself (while I was telling in Brunei) and, with 10 others, we heard stories from Kiran Shah (in Australia), Lynne Kirk (Hong Kong) Kulin Imperial (Phillipines) Pretigaya Haran (Chennai) Usha Venkatamaran (Mumbai) Tim Erenata (in California!) Lavanya Prasad (Bangalore) and Usha Chhabra (New Delhi, who we sadly lost wifi contact with half way through her story)  Sheila Wee successfully managed the meeting, switching from host to teller to teller, resulting in a very smooth 75 minute programme.  

    Its hard to know what I enjoyed the most: meeting such a lovely mix of tellers (most) for the first time, listening to the fascinating diversity of accents and voices, or hearing six tales that were completely new to me - and even the story of Tenali Rahman and the barber, with which I was familiar, in Lavanya's became something new and wonderful. The recording of the session is being sent to all 49 who registered and I hope it serves as a useful and effective reminder of the session. 

    FEAST is definitely up and running. Given its success, we are considering whether we should wait until December for our next swap (as currently advertised on the Events page) or if we should add another Swap in October? What say you?

  • 27 Aug 2018 19:27 | Roger Jenkins (Administrator)

    A crowd of almost 60 storytellers gathered in the lovely Tulika Press Bookshop in CHENNAI on 24 August to witness the inauguration of FEAST. There were representatives from Australia, Indonesia, Romania, Singapore, UK, USA, and many tellers based in Chennai, as well as those travelling from Bangalore - see the moment here: https://youtu.be/mPcm9n5xw4o.

    The choice of Chennai to host the launch was deliberate for three reasons:

    1) As the Under the Aalamaram Storytelling Festival was in progress it meant stories were in the air and many tellers were in town. FEAST always wants to be associated with stories, and although we were not connected to the UTA (celebrating its remarkable 5th Year, incidentally) we were grateful that it brought three founding directors together (Roger, Jeeva and Ariyo)

    2) Although FEAST is incorporated as a non-profit company in Singapore, and the first Conference will be held in Singapore, it is definitely not a Singaporean organisation. Launching in Chennai was the strongest possible statement we could make to this effect.

    3) Having tellers present from so many different countries outside of Asia - and highly respected tellers too - means that they will talk about FEAST and let their friends and fellow association members that we are open and looking to promote Asian tales and tellers.

    FEAST is most grateful to Jeeva for organising the event, and to our generous hosts at Tulika Press for hosting the event and providing us our first FEAST!!

  • 23 Aug 2018 12:17 | Sheila Wee (Administrator)

    Lombok, is being affected by a big earthquake. Up till now, there have been more than a hundred earthquakes in big and small scale. The people are trying to recover, and so other Indonesians in other areas try to help them to recover. Ayo Dongeng Indonesia, the community of the storytelling movement in Indonesia, is also taking a small part by sending volunteers to help, especially for children. We name it, Story Therapy. Volunteers do storytelling and games with stories, to help children in Lombok to be more happy as part of their stress (trauma) release. 

    Oot and Yanie in the above photos, were the first Ayo Dongeng volunteers  to arrive in Lombok after the quakes.

    Mochamad Ariyo Faridh Zidni, Ayo Dongeng, Indonesia 

  • 1 Jun 2018 17:17 | Roger Jenkins (Administrator)

    We are delighted to announce that as of 1st June 2018, the Federation of Asian Storytellers Ltd is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in Singapore (registration 201818697Z), with Roger Jenkins, Jeeva Raghunath and Sheila Wee as our Directors. 

    It's our first formal step and we look forward to journeying the road ahead together with you! However as long as we're telling stories, we know that the the journey will never seem long!

The Federation of Asian Storytellers Ltd is a non-profit company established in Singapore in June 2018.

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