Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival returns in 2022
Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival returns in 2022 (Friday 2nd September to Sunday 4th September) with a weekend of folk tales, myths, folklore, fairy tale films, workshops, story walks, talks , book events, talks and special events on the theme of borders, migration and a sense of otherworldliness, centered in Wales but traveling the world.
Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival is the vision of Peter Stevenson, storyteller, folklorist, illustrator, artist – a unique festival that merges his eclectic career and interests in delivering a festival that merges exhibition, performance, literature and film.
The program will include Daniel Morden & Hugh Lupton, Cath Little & Chandrika Joshi, Michael Harvey & Pauline Down, Phil Okwedy, Fiona Collins, Frances Roberts Reilly, Ffion Philips, Ailsa Dixon, Deb Winter & Gillian Stevens, Carl Gough, local storytellers Milly Jackdaw, Halo Quin, Ailsa Mair Fox and local musicians Georgia Ruth and Iwan Huws. The visual and oral storytelling workshops will be led by Ruth Koffer, Peter Stevenson, Valeriane Leblond and Maria Hayes.
The festival, held at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, will also be supported by Beyond the Border and the Mycelium Storytelling Hub to help support the Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival in becoming an exciting annual event, developing storytelling for artists and audiences, while keeping it unique for Aberystwyth.
Sandra Bendelow, Festival Manager of Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival, said: “This year we are delighted to select the Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival to be supported by the Mycelium Storytelling Hub. It’s a big festival that’s only Peter Stevenson and only Aberystwyth. We hope that by working with Peter we can make the festival resilient for the future so that it can continue, celebrating the oral and visual storytelling community that Peter has created in Aberystwyth. We hope this inspires others to start similar festivals across Wales, now more than ever we need stories to come together, to laugh and cry and most importantly just enjoy live performances again live storytelling. Stories of the creation myth, flood myths, connecting and disconnecting our homelands and landscapes, climate chaos, Siani Pob Man, Roma identity, are just some of the subjects that take place in the program that Peter has developed.
Founder and artistic director of the Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival, Peter Stevenson says he can’t wait to see some of the best storytellers from Wales and the UK perform in Aberystwyth. “This year Phil Okwedy will present his new show The Gods are all Here, developed with Adverse Camber, which tells the story of Phil’s Welsh mother and Nigerian father, and his own life growing up in South Wales, told through personal memories and traditional tales. . Phil has been to nearly every Aber festival and has become a much loved favorite here. Daniel Morden and Hugh Lupton will be with us this year, along with Cath Little, Fiona Collins and Michael Harvey. And Ffion Phillips, Young Storyteller of Wales, fresh out of her GCSE, will present her very first show. We will also welcome Frances Roberts Reilly, Welsh Canadian Roma storyteller and poet, and we will screen films from the Seneca Nation. Chandrika Joshi will tell the story of her own personal migration after she and her family were forced to leave Uganda in 1972 and were placed for a few months in the RAF camp at Tonfanau near Tywyn. For many reasons, Chandrika’s story has personal memories for me.
Also this year, we received a grant from the Anna Evans Fund to invite a group of visual artists to create workshops throughout the festival based on visual storytelling. Anna was a wonderful Welsh language storyteller and visual artist in her own right, and she loved working with groups of young people who latched onto her every word, especially as she loved to dress up. Once we were booked to tell stories together in the nearby village of Llandre, and Anna rode the bus dressed as a milkmaid carrying a yoke and a bucket which she then hauled 2 kilometers to the venue, telling stories As things progress. Chwedlau.”
A weekend ticket to the festival costs £50, individual tickets are available for all storytelling and music performances at Theatr Y Werin and for the entire film program at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
Tickets are available from the Aberystwyth Arts Center box office: