Once Upon a Time in Hounslow - story time spectacular for the Summer of Culture

Hounslow's Summer of Culture presents the Festival of Storytelling. It's a week-long celebration of the spoken word that promises to keep audiences of all ages captivated.

Published: Tuesday, 16th August 2022

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Telling Tales: The Festival of Storytelling is here.

Are you sitting comfortably? Then well begin…

If you love a good story, then Hounslows Summer of Culture has a week-long celebration of the spoken word with a packed programme of free events.

Hounslow’s Festival of Storytelling runs from Monday, 22 August to Sunday, 28 August. Its full of fascinating fables and terrific tales from across the globe and takes place in historic houses, green spaces, libraries, art centres and streets right across the borough.

The art of storytelling is one of the oldest traditions in human history. 

From campfire tales to world-spanning epics full of gods and monsters, stories set to music or told through the language of dance - the Festival of Storytelling has it all.

The festival has 22 separate events, including workshops, colourful processions, musical interludes and good old-fashioned fairy tales. 

Highlights include:

  • Master storyteller and puppeteer Judy Preece will present a storytelling workshop to kick the festival off on Monday, August 22 at Bedfont Library. She will retell the famous fable of Chicken Licken on Friday, 26 August at the London Museum of Water and Steam.
  • Bronia Evers presents the spellbinding silhouette and shadow tales - A Necklace of Raindrops and The Patchwork Quilt on Tuesday, 23 August. This is followed by a ‘crankie’ theatre-making workshop on Wednesday, 24 August. Both events are at the Musical Museum, Brentford.
  • Performance artist Xanthe Gresham-Knight will bring the misty realms of mythology dramatically to life with performances on Monday, 22 August at Chiswick House and Gardens and Wednesday, 24 August at the Musical Museum, Brentford. 
  • Throughout the festival, performers from The Crick Crack Club will the presenting their mythological mash-up Pandvani 108 on Hounslows squares and street corners for everyone to enjoy.

The events are for a range of ages, so there is something for everyone.

Summer of Culture has been providing a feast of art, music, performance and more since July. 

Hounslow Councils Cabinet Member for Communities and Equality, Councillor Shivraj Grewal said: We are proud to present Hounslow’s Festival of Storytelling as one of the highlights of our Summer of Culture season.

This series of events has been designed to inspire and fire the imagination in the way only a tale well-told can. We are fortunate to have a stellar line-up for our Festival of Storytelling, including performers of international renown. 

The programme has been designed to reflect the rich, diverse culture of Hounslow. All the events are free. All you need is a sense of wonder. Hounslow, get ready to be entertained and enthralled.”

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