The International Storytelling Festival is a unique multilingual storytelling festival that is very popular in Flemish education circles and among Flemish and Dutch story lovers. A mix of Flemish, Walloon and international storytellers recount their own tales, stories by famous and lesser-known authors as well as traditional tales. All genres are featured and there’s something for every age category.

 

International Storytelling Festival for families

The festival’s storytelling weekend is aimed at the general public. With a theme night on Friday, a big storytelling night or story walk on Saturday and a family festival on Sunday, everyone has the opportunity to hear stories in Dutch as well as in other languages. The programme on Friday and Saturday evening caters to adults with a feel for foreign languages. Of course, families with children are not forgotten either. Sunday afternoon is traditionally reserved for a family festival with stories for young and old. There’s a custom-tailored children’s programme consisting of Dutch stories whereas adults can listen to tales in their mother tongue or a foreign language. Apart from storytelling, visitors can also enjoy animation on the estate.

 

International Storytelling Festival for schools

With some 180 performances, schools are the main target group of the International Storytelling Festival. There is a wide range of Dutch storytelling performances for nursery and primary schools and teacher training programmes. For pupils in the first four years of secondary education there is also a broad selection of performances in Dutch but they can also opt for bilingual stories or a performance in accessible English. For pupils in the final two years of secondary education there’s a choice between stories in Dutch, French, English and German. They often combine a story in their mother tongue with 1 or 2 other performances in a foreign language. The latter always involve native speakers and they are a useful addition to the pupils’ traditional foreign language training. Performances typically last 50 to 55 minutes.

 

International Storytelling Festival for adult education

The International Storytelling Festival includes a special segment with storytelling performances within the framework of language courses for adults because there is a lot of interest from this area of the educational spectrum as well. We try to programme some twenty performances over 4 nights and in no fewer than 8 languages. Apart from English, French, German and Dutch for non-natives, we also offer Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and – new this year - Swedish. To cater to demand as much as possible, we have introduced two levels for English, French and Spanish: beginner and advanced.

 

Storytelling Castle

Storytelling Castle

Storytelling Castle Alden Biesen positions itself as a centre of expertise for the art of storytelling in Flanders and Europe. Under that heading, the Land Commandery is the motor behind a host of activities that put the art of storytelling in the picture: the International Storytelling Festival, Stories in the Park, FEST, Sheherazade and TALES.

International Storytelling Festival

The International Storytelling Festival is a unique multilingual storytelling festival that is very popular in Flemish education circles and among Flemish and Dutch story lovers. A mix of Flemish, Walloon and international storytellers recount their own tales, stories by famous and lesser-known authors as well as traditional tales. All genres are featured and there’s something for every age category. 

The FLYER 2015 has all the info on the storytelling weekend.

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