Date 20.03.2021
2.30pm & 7pm
Venue Online
Organiser Galway 2020 & Galway Library Service
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Galway Public Libraries in association with Storytellers of Ireland, FEST and Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture presents Scéalaíocht…Storia….Contes.


Join us on 20 March World Storytelling Day for this very special online storytelling event.


Scéalaíocht….Storia….Contes brings together storytellers and musicians from across Europe and Ireland to celebrate the universal language of storytelling. Galway based storytellers Máirín Mhic Lochlainn and Órla Mc Govern are joined by Raccontamiunastori, Paola Bardi and Davide Balbi from Rome and Monique Burg from Langue d’Oc in France.


World Storytelling Day Programme


Saturday 20 March @ 2.30pm:  Our World Storytelling Day programme will start with a series of exuberant and exciting family friendly stories and performances that will appeal to children and young people of all ages.


Saturday 20 March @ 7.00pm:  Oíche Airneáin, our evening progamme will feature adult-themed narratives full of wit and emotion from each storyteller.


‘Storytellers in Conversation’    ‘Oiche Airneáin will conclude with this session, bringing all five storytellers together in conversation with storyteller Nuala Hayes and discussing ‘Scéalaíocht/Storytelling where we are now?’……?


The Scéalaíocht….Storia….Contes programme is also complimented by a number of memorable musical performances by musicians Emily Greaney, Róisin & Tomás Mannion which mirror and reflect the different cultural traditions of our storytellers.


The event will be available on the Galway Public Libraries YouTube Channel and Facebook page and also on the Galway 2020 Facebook page from 2.30pm on Saturday 20 March.

Artist Bios


Máirín Mhic Lochlainn from Connamara is one of Irelands foremost storytellers. Máirín has a good memory for stories and practises them walking  through the bog, or by the seashore. Mac Rí Éireann are her favourite stories and are stories of bravery, right against wrong, travelling and fighting giants and hags.


Órla Mc Govern is a Storyteller, Maker and Writer living in the west of Ireland. She facilitates creative workshops across several disciplines, and teaches and performs regularly around the world. She is the Artistic Director of Moth & Butterfly, an innovative Storytelling & Improvisational night running for 10 years.


Monique Burg lives in Perigord, France and is a storyteller with a repertoire of her own original material and folktales from her culture and others.  Monique also works in theatre, radio, does public readings and dubs for films and cartoons in Occitan.


Paola Balbi and Davide Bardi are trained actors and professional storytellers and are celebrating a ten-year partnership on stage and in business. They regularly tour their shows all over Italy and feature in storytelling festivals and venues in Europe and around the world. Their repertoire include epics to sagas with a Roman historical base; classical myths to medieval tales; Italian traditional folktales and stories related to heritage sites and landscape.


Nuala Hayes is an actor, a storyteller and sometime broadcaster. She has collected stories from many parts of Ireland including Oiléan Chléire   (Cape Clear Island) and in the Midlands. Her collection of Laois Folk Tales was published by The History Press in 2015. Nuala is currently Chairperson of Storytellers of Ireland / Aos Scéal Éireann .

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