StoryFest: International Storytelling Festival Singapore
with the support of National Arts Council Singapore
Featuring Singapore based storytellers and spoken word artists.
Recommended for adult audiences ages 16 and above. No admission below 15 years.
We are surrounded by the sea and what lies beneath and beyond. Nagas and sea queens once ruled the waves upon which princes from afar sailed to Singapura. The sea brought stories to our shores together with omnipotent gods and goddesses. And the wise banyan spread her roots and branches. Listen! Do you hear the old tales calling?
The Holy Banyan
By Verena Tay
This origin tale of the beringin or banyan tree has its roots in Javanese folklore. A tale of royal succession, betrayal, exile and everlasting love that reveals the sacred beauty within the mighty banyan tree.
Goddess of the Sea
By Grace Kalaiselvi
Steeped in jealousy and black magic, this folktale from Sunda pays homage to the goddess beneath the waves. Dewi Kadita is revered by fisherfolk and is appeased annually in a ritual asking for calm waters and a bountiful catch.
Syair Sinyor Kosta
By Hafiz Rashid
The tale of Senor Costa’s affections for the concubine of another man is rife with trysts, love potions, drunken stupors, naval skirmish and grief. This lesser known tale of love is set in the Nusantara region when nagas ruled the seas.
By Dawn Lau
Sang Nila Utama’s marriage to Demang Lebar Daun’s daughter brokered a covenant between king and countrymen. He went on to Singapura where three generations prospered until the fourth Raja betrayed his people.
Shiva & Shakti
By Akshita Nanda
During the dawn of creation Shiva was known to hold the venomous poison in his throat to save the universe. Then came a time when all the gods failed and only the female power of Shakti could defeat a terrorising demon.
Krishna’s Unusual Adventures
By Mrigaa Sethi
It is said that Krishna’s mother saw the entire universe in her son’s mouth. It is said that he was once rescued by a naga. It is said that Radha’s love for him is everlasting. A bouquet of stories from Krishna’s youth.
ABOUT STORYFEST 2019
Presented by The Storytelling Centre Limited and The Arts House, StoryFest is an annual festival that celebrates and showcases a variety of styles, repertoire and cultural arts presentations of storytelling from Singapore and around the world. With the theme of ‘Make Believe’, StoryFest 2019 invites audiences to be open to new experiences and to allow their imagination to soar as they listen to stories that are beyond belief.
For the full line-up for the festival, visit https://storyfestsg.com/2019
Credits: StoryFest 2019
23 June 2019
5 PM – 7 PM
2 hours (with 15 mins intermission)