Trading Stories is a research project drawing on memory and legends working with the local Barras community, across generations, to record stories of historical and contemporary moments in area. The project focuses on storytelling and the importance of recording intangible histories and short term creative interventions that are not conventionally archived.
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Monday 21 November, 4.30pm - 6.30pm, Calton Heritage and Learning Centre: Kids (5-13yrs) Storytelling Workshop
Tuesday 22 November, 5pm - 8pm, MANY STUDIOS: Adult Storytelling Workshop (Tales of the Barras)
Friday 25 November, 6pm - 9pm, MANY STUDIOS: Trading Stories: Storytelling & Music open mic
ABOUT TRADING STORIES
In 2016, MANY Studios will work with poet Tawona Sitholé to harness a breadth of stories from The Barras from yesteryear to the present day. Trading Stories is a research project drawing on memory and the archives, working with the local Barras community, across generations, to record stories of historical and contemporary moments in The Barras. Our focus is on storytelling and the importance of recording oral histories and short term creative interventions that unlike permanent artworks are in danger of being forgotten. This project will merge the styles of ‘Glasgow Patter’ with the Griot culture’s oral traditions of West Africa.
In the Barras, stories are constantly referencing a time past, a time when things were different. 'In my day'. The phrase is territorial, claiming ownership of a place and time. However, the future of place lies with the youth, so we are also interested in today and the relationship that the youth has with The Barras at this moment. In their day.
Tawona will build stories with multiple groups, under the theme of legends, in the oral tradition of his griot heritage. This tradition is also very particular to The Barras, a place where legends are born, and the gift of the gab originated.
Title: 'Trading Stories'
Location & Host: MANY Studios
Collaborating Author: Tawona Sitholé