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Telling Stories in Tel Aviv

The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem, Israel) , July 14, 2006


Beit Ariella in Tel Aviv is holding its first Storytellers Conference -- a five-day series of performances involving over a dozen storytellers.

A band will provide the musical backdrop for what may be the most intriguing session of the conference, the "Beyond the Border" session revolving around stories about neighborly relations. Those relations, as the event program puts it, include those "between neighbors, enemies and friends, Jews and Arabs, and more."

One of the participants in the "Beyond the Border" session is Yoram Tuito, who has been formally involved in storytelling as both a student and practitioner for the past three years. He feels that traditional storytelling is making a return, citing Holon's annual Storytellers Festival as evidence.

"I think a lot of people want to slow the pace of their lives down," says Tuito. "I come from a large Algerian family, and I remember lots of stories from my childhood. These days we don't have time for anything, despite all the technological gadgets that are supposed to make our lives easier. I think that if, from time to time, we stopped to listen to a story, we'd find life a lot more manageable."

Subjects Covered: storytelling festivals

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