Stories told in tellers’ unique ways

Dr Joko Susilo wows the crowd with shadow puppetry at the International Storytelling Festival at...
Dr Joko Susilo wows the crowd with shadow puppetry at the International Storytelling Festival at Dunedin Public Library yesterday. Photo: Gregor Richardson.
A festival aimed at highlighting how different cultures share their stories has been hailed a success.

The inaugural festival, which was subtitled "Round the World in 80 Tales", at Dunedin Public Library yesterday featured stories told in 13 languages. 

Organiser Kaitrin McMullan said its success meant it would be held again.

The event started with a He Waka Kotuia kapa haka group and ended with Indonesian shadow puppetry and a gamelan orchestra.

Ms McMullan said it was a great way to show off how multicultural Dunedin had become.

It was "awesome" hearing so many languages spoken and for people to tell stories in their own unique way.

"Everybody tells their own story in a different way."

Speakers shared stories in their own language and then in English at the event, which also featured cultural performances and music.

vaughan.elder@odt.co.nz

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