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february stories
01/02/2020 - blog

Llegeix-me en Català Léeme en Castellano February it is famous for being the coldest month here, but also when the almond tree flourishes, but who knows what has the climate change in store for us. To date, it begins with a challenge: I will go to the forests to accompany with my folktales a group of high school students which have chosen to devote their community service hours to the Coastal mountain range Natural Park. The forest rangers are overwhelmed with the damages resulting from the storm Gloria, so we will focus on myths of origin about weather, in the hope ...

january stories
12/01/2020 - blog

Llegeix-me en Català Léeme en Castellano Last Friday the Moon delighted us with a splendid penumbral eclipse. Moon eclipses are discreet (and penumbral ones even more), but not less mysterious: if you looked at it with the sense of wonder, you could appreciated more activity than usual on the side of the moon, as if all characters that have been observed by different cultures from around the world had gathered to celebrate their own party: in some European countries we see a woodcutter, while the Samoans see a woman; in China and Mexico, a hare or a rabbit; in Brazil, ...

Happy 2020
31/12/2019 - blog

In Spanish In Catalan Following the tradition, here you have the first folktale of the year. I took the picture in Kerala many years ago, ignoring that I was witnessing a wonder tale. By the way, I apologize in advance if case you have received it twice; I guess technology is not as accurate as genies. There was a fisherman that hooked a lamp and, rubbing it, a genie appeared and said: «Thanks for releasing me, make three wishes and they will come true. So what’s your first wish?» «I would like you to make me smarter when choosing the other two wishes,»  answered ...

december stories
03/12/2019 - blog

Llegeix-me en Català Léeme en Castellano Last Saturday I went to plant trees at the Natural Parc Montnegre Corredor with the Natural Parc Volunteering Circle: it was the right moment, with humid soil and pleasant weather. All together we planted 378 trees, if I remember rightly, mostly pine trees, and some walnut trees as well. We let them there, growing happily, caressed by the sun. Autumn is the best moment for planting trees in the forest. And this month I will go on planting, this time folktales from my new bimbirimboo storytelling session, and make them grow with ...

November stories
31/10/2019 - blog

Llegeix-me en Català Léeme en Castellano Tonight is the night where the ancient Celts celebrated samhain, which means in Gaelic «Summer’s End», to celebrate the end of harvest and begin with good spirits the darkest months of the year. They said that during that night a door between this world and the other world was open, so any kind of magic events could happen. Throughout the entire Iberian peninsula where chestnuts are or were abundant, whether called magosto, amagüestu, gaztainerre or castanyada, people used to gather eating roasted chestnuts and telling ...

Changes
24/10/2019 - blog

Llegeix-me en Català Léeme en Castellano The Festival of Science, programmed this weekend at Ciutadella Park as informed on last entry, has been relocated on the harbour area, specifically at Moll de la Fusta, in order to guarantee a place to play, create, listen and imagine in peace. This means that the park tours, among them, the tour of folktales and trees arboretumtum have been unfortunately cancelled. Sorry for the inconveniences. Nevertheless, Armstrong‘s storytelling will still take place,  because any place is suitable to travel to the Moon, and even ...

october stories
16/10/2019 - blog

Llegeix-me en Català Léeme en Castellano I have been a bit missing from this blog lately. It has been a difficult time. Time to say goodbye to beloved friends, time to let go, time to take care of others or of myself. Also time to study, to learn to sow, and above all, to wait. And this waiting has bore fruit, namely, in the form of a squash. Thanks to the seed I sow at the beginning of the environmental education’s course, the squash you can see in the image was born, and it gave 46 whole seeds more: a bunch of possibilities of new life. As it happens to me ...

Storytelling Jam at Olokuti’s Yard
09/08/2019 - blog

Llegeix-me en Català Léeme en Castellano This September stories come back at Olokuti’s yard. Two only jam sessions with 2, 3 or 4 storytellers. For young and adult audience. Storytelling Jam session at Olokuti’s yard The 3rd and 10th September at 19h. Free entrance – limited seats Activity subject to weather conditions Olokuti C/ Astúries, 36 Metro: Fontana Bus: 114, 39, 22, 24, V17 Helena Cuesta, storyteller, cultural facilitator and tourist guide. She tells what she dreams, reads or hears. Lives and shares art and culture. www.helenacuesta.com ...

May stories
30/04/2019 - blog

Llegeix-me en Català Léeme en Castellano April has been a hectic month. And it seems that May will be, too. Stories in libraries, at the Ateneu Roig as well, with Teresa Ribas and Teresa Arrufat, with whom we had a wonderful time choosing stories… And stoties in a hidden place that has never been open to the public before: the cloistered nuns’ old laundry at Pedralbes Monastery, during the Museum Night. And talking about monasteries, let me tell you already that in June I will be at the Sant Miquel de Fluvià Crafts Fair, which also hides another monastery, ...

april stories
02/04/2019 - blog

Llegeix-me en Català Léeme en Castellano Discovering books at Bologna Children’s Book Fair, I take a moment to send you the storytelling events for April, with some special performances. See you soon! Sunday 7th April at 12:15h Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon storytelling with kamishibai in Catalan (+8 years) free entrance – limited seats Món Llibre Teatret Biblioteca (see programme) CCCB C/ de Montalegre, 3 Barcelona 08001 Metro: Universitat (L1) Tuesday 23rd April from 10 to 12h 1, 2, 3, 4 dragons folktales in Catalan (+4 years) ...