Kingston, Jamaica: November 19, 2018: The 2018 staging of the storytelling conference festival, Ananse Soundsplash, will be held from November 18 – 24 across the country under the theme, “Stories for Dignity and Identity.” Organised by Ntukuma, The Storytelling Foundation of Jamaica, in collaboration with the Jamaica Library Service and the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica, this, the 20th staging of the festival, will feature internationally and locally acclaimed, award-winning storytellers.
The ancient art form of Storytelling is an oral tradition which has demonstrated its capacity as an excellent tool to transmit information and knowledge while entertaining. To this end the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts as part of the Seventh Leg of the storytelling festival; Ananse Goes to College, seeks to focus on the “Use of Storytelling to navigate content delivery”
Festival founder and director, Dr. Amina Blackwood Meeks, says “the National Storytelling Day, November 20, deliberate coincides with Universal Children’s Day so that we in Jamaica could do something practical to facilitate our children and the adults who are entrusted with them to experience their right to heritage and culture.”
Ananse Goes To College on Thursday, November 22, with workshops and performances featuring Anthony ‘the Mighty Gabby’ Carter and Eintou Pearl Springer at 2:00 p.m. in The Dennis Scott Studio Theatre at the School of Drama. The Mighty Gabby is a Barbadian calypsonian and folk singer, and a Cultural Ambassador for the island of Barbados. Eintou Pearl Springer is the former poet laureate of Trinidad, 2002-2009, Eintou is an internationally recognized author, dramatist, storyteller who has told stories in the USA, UK, throughout the Caribbean, as well as her native Trinidad and Tobago.
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