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World Storytelling Day



With the Newport Storytellers

World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the traditional art of oral storytelling. This year the theme is: Together we can.

Come and be part of the fun as storytellers and musicians from the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club join with others zooming in from around the world to trade tales. We have stories for the very young and not so young – folk and fairy tales, true and not-so-true, and everything in between!

There are two different sessions that you’ll need to book separately.


Session 1 - Stories for the Very Young

Stories, rhymes, chants, and riddles. (preschool age)

Be delighted by our trio of word wizards and songsters. Newport’s children’s storytellers are the bee’s knees, the ant’s pants and the cat’s pyjamas!

1.00 pm - 1.45 pm

Newport Community Hub: room 2 (enter via Paine Reserve)

13 Mason Street Newport Parking via Derwent Street

$5.00 for adults. FREE for children.

Your hosts: Dharma Picking, Em Chandler and Dee Palanisamy

Booking advised


Session 2 - Stories for All Ages

Traditional and not-so-traditional stories and songs. We’ll be dropping the big screen, booting up the laptop, plugging in the wires, and inviting storytellers from around the world to join us in the Newport Hub. What could possibly go wrong?

2.30 pm – 3.45 pm

Newport Community Hub: room 2 (enter via Paine Reserve)

13 Mason Street Newport Parking via Derwent Street

$5.00 for adults. FREE for under 6.

Your hosts: Jackie Kerin, Em Chandler and Adrian Newington

Booking advised


World Storytelling Day

Beginning in Sweden in 2001, the idea for World Storytelling Day quickly spread, and by 2005 over 25 countries were creating events in cafes, libraries, schools and theatres. This special day is celebrated on and around March 20. Always quick out of the stalls, the Australian storytellers were an early adopter of WSD and in recent years events have taken place at Geelong, Eltham and City Libraries and The Dock.

The World Storytelling Day themes are voted for by storytellers from many countries, via a Facebook poll. The 2023 theme,Together we can, recognises the pandemic and its effects and encourages us to come together, rebuild and strengthen relationships within our local, national and international communities.

Together we can: World Storytelling Day 2023 will take place on the unceded lands of the Bunurong of the Kulin Nation – Country long mapped in story, song and dance.


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