The 'Festival of Stories' closed a week of celebrations for International Museum Day on a high note.The event, which carried the theme 'Museums as Agents of Social Change and Development – Celebrating our Oral Traditions', was successfully managed by the Idakeda team.
Spoken word artist Muhammad Muwakil opened the Festival with his hard hitting, lyrical poetry. Lynette Commissiong, local author and storyteller whose books have been translated into many languages included French and Korean, thrilled the gathering with her story of children who disobeyed their guardian. Joel Joseph and his Braveheart Theatre company gave a wonderfully witty East Indian flavour to the Festival, while Samantha Pierre local storyteller and actress was at her usual excellent standard.
Poet Laureate of Port of Spain, Eintou Springer closed the evening with an Anansi story, with a political twist!
Vel Lewis, Curator of the National Museum, was highly appreciative of the evening and the entire week of events. He promised to host regular storytelling sessions at the Museum, following on the success of the Festival.
Idakeda says a special thank you to Niketa Yearwood for her input in the organisation of the storytelling workshops and for her ongoing support of the work of Idakeda.
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