Thursday, October 1, 2015

Stor e Telling: August September 2014: Festival Revivals

Chaharshanbe Suri
Fire Jumping Festival
Persian painting from the Safavid Era.
The focus of this issue was restyling festivals and festival revivals. I’ve gathered a few l resources from the USA and beyond. While these sites focus on a variety of festivals, music, cultural arts, and theater, the information and advice will be useful to storytelling festival producers as well.

15 Steps to Starting a Music Festival in a Bad EconomyUseful information and guidance on how to get a first year music festival off the ground.

Department of Cultural Affairs: City of Los Angeles – This booklet offers information and suggestions include:

·         Festival Sites
·         Timelines
·         Workplans
·         Public and Community Relations

Fáilte Ireland Festival and Events Best Practice Guide – This guide is chock-full of amazing advice on festival management, advertising, marketing strategies, partnerships, press releases, sponsors, everything to make your festival shine.

Trading Places: From Theatre Director to Festival ProducerFrom the Cultural Professionals Network this article in The Guardian offers insight into switching roles and adapting skills to produce a festival.

August 26 is National Dog Day. Below are some stories to celebrate our canine friends.

The Dog and the Sparrow – Grimm

The Golden Beetle or Why Dog Hates Cat – China

The Greyhound, The Serpent and The Child - Italy

The Sheep, the Shepherd and the Dog – Fable

Spectre-Dogs – England

The Three Dogs - Germany

The Tortoise, the Dog and the Farmer - Africa

September 7 is Grandparents Day here in the United States. I offer you a previous blog post with stories, curriculum and more to help celebrate this special day. – Grandparents Add Richness To Our Lives

Miscellaneous Sites
Chinese Tales – This is a perfect choice since on section of this the site contains stories associated with festivals. In addition, there stories of war, strategy, love, myths, Buddhists tales and more.

Twenty-Three Tales by Leo Tolstoy, 1907. The book is divided into seven parts and includes tales for children, short stories and Russian folktales.

Motif-Index of Folk-Literature by Stith Thompson. A classification of narrative elements in Folktales, Ballads, Myths, Fables, Mediaeval Romances, Fabliaux, Jest-Books and Local Legends. These books are fully searchable. Now it is easier than ever to research stories by theme.

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Karen Chace 2015 ©

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