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Fri, 25 Nov


Woolwich Library of Things

Africa Storytelling Session

Africa Storytelling is a shared communal event where people congregate together, listening, and participating in accounts and stories of past deeds, beliefs, wisdom, counsel, morals, taboos, and myths.

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Africa Storytelling Session
Africa Storytelling Session

Time & Location

25 Nov 2022, 14:00 – 15:00

Woolwich Library of Things, Woolwich Centre Library, 35 Wellington St, London SE18 6HQ, UK

About the event

African storytelling is an art form, the storyteller a master craftsman who deploys his body, for example by using gestures and impersonations to describe each character in the story which captured the mind set of listeners which engaged their minds and emotions to picture the stories in their imagination.

Traditional African Storytelling Predating the written word by millennia, the oral tradition was the primary method of preserving and relating history and culture throughout much of the world. It continues in the diverse countries of Africa, where, using the medium of storytelling, the oral tradition of passing down heritage, memories and learning remains strong.  Storytellers are often revered as the repositories of oral tradition and are sometimes seen as leaders due to their customary positions as advisors to African royals.

Storytellers often use symbols such as animals, birds and colours in their narrations, which often take the form of fables, and many storytellers are also proficient musicians and use those skills to enhance their performances.

BFEG celebrate Africa Storytelling as Project MACHI BH365 2022 activities

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