BIBBIDI-BOBBIDI-BOO! Hastings transforms into storytelling fairyland

Published on by Sofi Germanos (editor), Jonaqline Addai (author), Liyana Bt Mohamed Zulkifli (writer), Lauren Roberts (writer)

Location(s): Hastings

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The 5th Annual Hastings Storytelling Festival attracts hundreds, offering experiences for all ages. The production includes a medley of magical storytellers, a generous sprinkling of theatre magic and amazing acrobatics.

Hastings storytelling festival has been celebrating the artistry and magic of storytelling for the past 5 years, and this year was no exception. Hundreds of families queued in front of the Stade it’s narrative stalls to watch stories come to life.

‘Displacement’ is this year’s theme. Dame Jacqueline Wilson, whose best-selling novels feature displaced children was joined by a variety of entertainments, including the novel idea of talking posts, which are a twist on the ancient tradition of stories shared around the campfire. Other attractions included story telling from the likes of ‘Richard Story Beard’ and  Isabella Necessity on a story bicycle, and a production of The Ugly Duckling by Thingamajig Theatre.  It wasn’t all tales being told though, there were also special performances from Emmanuel the Magnificent and his African Acrobats.    

Richard Beard, aka ‘Story Beard’, who proved to be one of the main attractions of the day said “storytelling is a key part of being human, it allows us to carry out ideas and share fundamental truths.”

The other main stars of the day were the children who filled the Stade with dreamy eyes, and ears itching for stories. Parents expressed their delight in this free educational, yet fun, experience. Harriett mother of one said “storytelling allows children to think creatively, make them able to question things, makes them feel alive.”

 The enchanting stories and entertaining shows of the Hastings Storytelling Festival 2016 came to an end with a glowing triumph.

Reeling on the success of the event, organiser Amanda Curtis said “the public should really look forward  to the 7th Chapter of the festival next year.”

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