On Saturday, April 8 from 10:30 am to 3 pm New Castle County presents the Inspirational Storytelling and Spoken Word Festival, an event celebrating the oral tradition through the variety of ways we tell stories. This free event which is open to all members of the public will be held at The Art Studio, 310 Kiamensi Road, Wilmington. Attendees are encouraged to register in advance by clicking this link.
“I encourage New Castle County residents to join us on April 8 to experience the rich history of storytelling and deepen their understanding of the world around us through gifted local artists who inform and inspire with their words and performances,” County Executive Matthew Meyer said.
Storytelling, Poetry and Spoken Word as an art form can encourage children and adults to find creative ways to develop a voice through of self-expression. They may choose to create stories based on their life experiences or the values, traditions and customs. Listening to stories gives people a different perspective on the experiences of others, and encourages them to use their imaginations to create and explore new ideas through characters.
The event opens with poetry by Delaware’s Poets Laureate, the Twin Poets, the first African Americans to hold the post for Delaware and the first twins, siblings and spoken word artist to share the state title of laureate nationally. It also features inspirational performances by storyteller, musician and vocalist TAHIRA, wordsmith and community activist Richard Raw who will present his unique blend of soul, spoken word, funk and hip-hop, and Griots Wa Umoja, a performing cultural arts ensemble, who will present their mix of storytelling, percussion and dance. In addition, young artists who have participated in a free 6-week workshop with TAHIRA will perform.
The Inspirational Storytelling and Spoken Word Festival is presented by New Castle County and is supported in part by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Delaware Division promotes Delaware arts events on DelawareScene.com.
11 – 11:30 am: Performances begin with the Twin Poets
11:40 am – 1 pm: TAHIRA and performances by Students from the Spoken Word Project
1:10 – 1:40 pm: Richard Raw
1:50 – 2:55 pm: Griots Wa Umoja