There was also a performance adaptation of some of the stories in a new production called The Door of No Return.
Well the reason behind all this is, for centuries communities across the Africa have used folk tales to share knowledge, both past and present; to educate audiences of all ages; and entertain families, friends and entire neighbourhoods.
However, the age-old tradition of oral storytelling on the decline. Rapid urbanisation, poverty, the breakdown of the extended family, television and so, has altered our social fabric.
Before the main event on Saturday, we have organized outreach around Nairobi, to the the stories different communities in around the city.
Outreach at Mathare Roots Youth Group Community Center
Awjama Cultural Center
Buru buru Kenya national library service
Finally the day of the main event was here and we were all excited about it, we were finally kicking off the long awaited event. The Re-Imagined Storytelling Festival 2018 was hosted at the Alliance Française, Nairobi on December 15, 2018.
The evening was the first time audiences saw Story Story, Story Come an illustrated anthology of 12 re-imagined folktales by authors from across Africa and the Diaspora including an audio book version to original music. The children’s book is published in West Africa by Ouida Books and in East and Southern Africa by Paivapo.
The Festival also premiered the production The Door of (No) Return, an adaptation of some of the stories, in partnership with ZamaleoAct
Maimouna is storyteller and journalist from Gambia. She has performed and led workshops around the world. As co-founder and director of Positively African, she is the editor and curator of the Story Story, Story Come anthology and audio books and the organizer of the Re-Imagined Storytelling festival.