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march stories

01/03/2020 - blog

Llegeix-me en Català
Léeme en Castellano

For some time meteorological spring visits us ahead of time. But astronomical spring, on the equinox, when night equals day, keeps on the 21st March. It seems a good idea to celebrate a new year at this point, as people in Persia and other regions in Central Asia do, doing spring cleaning and germinating seed of wheat and lentils. In my case I felt the urge to make laundries with homemade soap and plant sunflowers, tomatoes and basil, and I see them already sprouting and stretching under the sun, as well as some stories that slept for a while and now are reacting like grateful seeds that sprout at first opportunity. The bulbul bird, the guarani flood, the magic tree, the hummingbird and the sky… all of them are like old friends visiting and making you feel that no time has passed. You can listen to some of these stories among the branches of the trees at Parc de la Ciutadella, inside the travelling kamishibai on libraries, or at the Pedralbes Monastery, flying over the cloister’s garden, like carrier pigeons talking us about different ways of seeing the world.

And in the waning half of the March moon, also known as plough moon, because they say the moonlight helped to plough until late, the storytelling circle comes again, a place for telling, listening and sharing marvels like the story of The Bear’s Son (ATU 301B), which we began to unveil last month and from which I hope some new variants will sprout soon. A good way of celebrating spring as well.

Hope to see you in the middle of all this sprouting stories.

Friday 12th March from 11 to 12:30h
arboretumtum: discover trees
storytelling route of trees and folktales for young and adult audience
limited seats, inscription here
meeting point: main entrance Parc de la Ciutadella (Passeig Pujades/Lluis Companys)
metro: Arc de Triomf (L1), Urquinaona (L4)
train: Arc de Triomf (R1, R2S, R4, R7)
bus: H16, 40, 42, V21, B20

Friday 12th March at 18h
bimbirimboo! stories with kamishibai
Biblioteca Vallcarca i els Penitents – M. Antonieta Cot
Pg. de la Vall d’Hebron, 65-69
metro: Penitents (L3), Vall d’Hebron (L3 y L5)
bus: 19, 27, 60, 73, 119, 123, 124, 129, B19, V15

Tuesday 18t February at 19h
folktales from the neighbourhood
limited seats, previous registration:
Les Roquetes Library
Via Favència, 288-B
08042 – Barcelona
Metro: Les Roquetes (L3), Via Júlia (L4)
Bus: 11, 12, 27, 32, 50, 51, 60, 80, 81, 127

Sunday 22nd March at 12h
stories from the other side of the world
price: 3 €, limited seats, reservations at
Pedralbes Monastery
Baixada del monestir, 9
08024 Barcelona
FGC: Reina Elisenda (L6)
bus: 68, 75, 63

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