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march stories
04/03/2019 - blog

Llegeix-me en Català Léeme en Castellano Back from Festival Fraga T Cuenta, from which I will tell you about very soon, and with a lot of new projects on the go, I almost forget to inform you about the storytelling performances from this month. So it seems that in the artist’s life, soon other later you need to do a juggling act to reach everything. And it works. This month I will bring my kamishibai to Palafrugell and Castelló d’Empúries, and I will also go to the storytelling marathon of Torre Llobeta Cultural Centre, to celebrate the World Storytelling ...

february stories
29/01/2019 - blog

Llegeix-me en Català Léeme en Castellano January has gone fast busy working from inside, like trees in winter. I use to have the impression that in the world we actually live only gives value to results, finished products, external work, and not to the path, the stop, the detail. And yet without this silent and invisible task, nothing would happen. Last Saturday on the Serralada de Marina Park I met the first flowering almond tree; after spending some time unnoticed, now it announces us that spring is coming with a joyful scream of white flowers. It is my turn to ...

happy 2019
31/12/2018 - blog

Llegeix-me en Català Léeme en Español Following the tradition to welcome the New Year, here you have a story, this time collected by Penninah Schram, an awesome storyteller I have recently discovered, who has devoted her life in telling stories and folktales, songs and proverbs from the Jewish tradition. The story that I have chosen, that of course includes a tree, comes from the Talmud (Ta’anit 23a) and she used to listen that story from her mother, who also used to listen it from her father… Let’s leave the story follow its travel through time, and us ...

December stories
18/12/2018 - blog

Llegeix-me en Català Léeme en Castellano The Cherokee people say that once upon a time a sparrow with a wounded wing couldn’t follow his family flying to the south and had to spend the winter in the freezing forest. The little sparrow asked for shelter to many trees, and all of them rejected him, except the pine tree, who said: “I don’t know if my leaves will do you much good, they are as thin as needles, but it is all I can offer you”. Thanks to the pine tree, the sparrow survived the cold winter, and since then, all trees lose their leaves ...

november updates
10/11/2018 - blog

I have two updates for the November agenda. The first one is that in spite of the rain we enjoyed the storytelling tour last 31st October; in fact the demand was so great that another tour has been programmed for next Wednesday. And the second one is that the leaf fall has officially arrived to my street, and bimbirimboo as well. I already begun to bring them around last Sunday, but I had not time to tell you until now, because the translation of the new Yuval Zommer’s illustrated book about birds, and the leaves I can see falling from my window in intricate ...

November stories
25/10/2018 - blog

Llegeix-me en Català Léeme en Castellano From the moment my sister Maribel, pharmacist by profession and painter by choice, said: «Do you want me to draw you some folktales?» to the picture illustrating this entry, many things have happened, a bit as if we were on a cumulative tale. The show bimbirimboies! is composed by three folktales from different cultures that I have told a lot, enriched with other variants and shaped by listeners over time. Maribel reflected with her drawings her own perspective of the stories and then, due to life circumstances, this ...

October stories
03/10/2018 - blog

Llegeix-me en Català Léeme en Castellano The cycle is renewed: leaves are falling once again… and I travel once again through libraries with my kamishibai full of bimbirimboies, this time at Collserola’s Library, with some news that I must thank to Clara’s inspiration, a little girl that last spring interrupted abruptly the story for asking with eagerness: «This stories are HERE, in this library?» That day I had to answer no, but soon, very soon indeed, Clara and anyone who wants it will be able to buy the three stories of that show, illustrated by ...

september stories
04/09/2018 - blog

After spending the summer telling stories under the trees that surround Barcelona’s libraries with families from each district, I begin September with high stores of vitamin N and with the batteries fully charged. Fair enough, because the month begins full of action. On the 11th of September evening I will tell with my kamishibai at Catalan Books Week. If you have still not seen a kamishibai close-up and/or you don’t know what the bimbirimboies are, this is a good occasion to find out. On the 19th September afternoon, African folktales at Just M. Casero ...

Kulimatji for Kapilolo Mahongo
05/08/2018 - blog

The storytelling jam session of the 3rd September at Olokuti’s Yard will be a very special occasion, as we want to dedicate it to Kapilolo Mahongo, storyteller and spiritual leader of the !xun people, who passed away the last May. We would like to remember him and pay tribute to him in the best way we know: gathering and telling “kulimatji”, which means “our stories”; those stories that we shared with Kapilolo. And the stars lined up for us to gather, as we will enjoy the presence of Helena Cuesta, Ignasi Potrony, José Manuel de ...

Storytelling Jam at Olokuti’s Yard
03/08/2018 - blog

Stories at Olokuti’s yard are back. Three only jam sessions with 2, 3 or 4 storytellers. For young and adult audience. Storytelling Jam session at Olokuti’s yard 30th July, 27th August and 3rd 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 Marisol Cumare, born in Venezuela (Caracas), ...