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Fireflies – Multilingual Storytelling Festival 2022

1 - 2 Jul

A world of story sparks!

Our stories change our world. A powerful story can arrest our breath, make our heartbeat and bring us together.

Once upon a time families sat wide eyed at the feet of the storyteller and grew closer.

Fireflies reignites this ancient fireside ritual across Greater Sydney from June 22 to July 2, 2022. This merging of first nations voices from across Asia Pacific and multilingual voices from our shores celebrates story, connection, cultural sharing and language.

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Friday

Lajos the Storyteller

5.30 – 6.25pm in the Main Auditorium

Magical mayhem with Hungarian stories for all ages.

Lajos has been performing for children for over 25 years as part of the Blue Cow Childrens Theatre and the dynamic duo Gobsmacked! Performing at folk & community arts festivals, libraries and school events Lajos spins tales from his Hungarian heritage and beyond.

The Ultimate Storyteller Showcase

7 – 9pm in the Main Auditorium

The room will spark and sizzle with stories performed by each of the wonderful tellers in the festival. Feel delighted by rhythmic tales of Jeeva Raghunath (direct from Chennai), laugh with Kiran Shah, be delighted by the sounds of Ann Lehmann-Kuit and Kaija Upenieks and laugh with Jacyn De Santis of the Tiwi Islands joining for this night only for a families showcase of what oral storytelling is all about. All hosted by renowned local professional bilingual storyteller Lillian Rodrigues-Pang.

Saturday

FUN Stories, Songs and Dance

11 – 11.55am in the The Music Lounge

An under 5’s focussed session aimed at wonder, play and discovery. Join Wafaa for Arabic stories and songs to move to, Kiran to delight and bring wonder and Azi to learn just a little bit of Persian dance dance dance.

WARMTH with Nordic and Baltic Stories and Songs

1 – 1.55pm in the The Music Lounge

Full time early years musician Kaija brings multiple languages and sound to life whilst accompanied by her sister in performance – music therapist and local performing legend Ann Lehmann Kuit. Take delight in Latvian, Norwegian and global stories and songs.

 

5.30 – 6.25pm in the The Music Lounge

Jacyn De Santis (aka Foxy Empire) a proud Tiwi Islander who is reclaiming their mother tongue and twisting tantalising tales. Jacyn is a fabulous performer, playwright and inclusive storyteller with a warm heart. They featured in the Sistagirl documentary and have hosted epic lip sync battles and festivals in central Australia, last in Wollongong touring their national play Wulamanayuwi and the Seven Pamanui don’t miss the magic of a personal performance this time.

JOY – Jeeva Raghunath

7 – 7.55pm in the The Music Lounge

Joining us from Chennai, India professional storyteller Jeeva Raghunath, pioneered the storytelling revival in Tamil Nadu. Jeeva has represented India at 17 international storytelling festivals and has taught the art of story to over 25,000 children and adults. Renowned for captivating audiences, Jeeva will perform animated stories in both English and Tamil. Taking the stage with Australia’s own Kiran Shah, for rarely witnessed tandem telling – expect English Tamil, Gujarat and a whole lot of laughter.

FIRE – An Evening of Adult Only Stories

9 – 10.30pm in the The Music Lounge

Before there were books there were stories and we all know that most of those stories weren’t for little people’s ears. Come along to share in adult concepts, themes, traditional tales form a multitude of fabulous cultures and tellers.

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