Festival Connects Storytelling, Peace-building

Winnipeg Free Press (Winnipeg, Canada) , May 6, 2009


Yarns, myths, folk tales, legends, fables, historical narratives and just plain stories are being shared today through Saturday at the fourth annual Winnipeg International Storytelling Festival.

The free festival is presented by the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at St. Paul’s College, University of Manitoba. It’s based on the idea that telling and listening to stories is at the heart of peace-building and renewing community.

Festival organizer Jessica Senehi, who teaches peace and conflict studies at U of M, says Winnipeg is showing signs of being at the forefront of the storytelling-for-peace movement.

“This builds on two main aspects of Winnipeg’s culture — the love of the creative arts and a focus on peace and justice,” Senehi says.

More than 40 storytellers are taking part.

Subjects Covered: diversity, healing, storytelling festivals

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