The first ever storytelling festival to be held in Jamaica was organized by JACK MANDORA
, the Storytelling Association of Jamaica.
A number of activities preceded the two days which coincided withTellabration! Members of JACK MANDORA
participated in the weekly meditation held at the Scot's Kirk church for the downtown Kingston community on Tuesday November 16, 1999.
The discussion was attended by students of the Edna Manley College of theVisual and Performing Arts, St. Joseph's Teachers College, Staff of the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library, Friends of the Library, members of the African Liberation Day Committee, members of JACK MANDORA
, members of the general public and representatives of the local media.
OPENING OF THE FESTIVAL
Both speakers emphasized the relevance of the event within the context of the need for sustainability of the cultural heritage of Jamaica and congratulated JACK MANDORA
on the initiative.
Four members of JACK MANDORA
also participated in a specially expanded version of a monthly story hour organized and delivered by Amina Blackwood Meeks for the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library for children on every third Saturday of the month.This special festival version attracted 240 children in contrast to the usual number of about 100 participants.
A total of 150 persons excluding members of JACK MANDORA
, vendors and staff of Firefly attended this event.
ANANSE AT LARGE
The theme for the second day of the festival was ANANSE AT LARGE.It featured a special lunch-hour concert for children which was given byTurnell McCormick, a storyteller of long-standing who performs dressed as Ananse.He
was very well received by the children as was Auntie Navuma, a British-Jamaican, now resident in Jamaica, who occupied the children with stories, games and songs for a significant part of the day.Two workshops were held during the day.