It gives me great pleasure to introduce the annual Glen Eira Storytelling Festival. From 13 June, Glen Eira City Council will present a range of events that celebrate stories and those who tell them.
The Festival has become the centrepiece of Glen Eira City Council’s Arts and Culture program and in this guide you’ll find exhibitions, historical tours, films, talks, open mic sessions and even an interactive collaborative art installation, all of which highlight the different ways we tell and share stories. Also incorporated will be the longstanding My Brother Jack Awards with prizes for short story writing, poetry and photography. The My Brother Jack Awards celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2015 and to mark the occasion, there will be a special competition category and prize as well as screenings of My Brother Jack — the miniseries.
The Festival will be held in a range of venues including Glen Eira Town Hall, Caulfield; Council’s Libraries in Carnegie, Caulfield, Bentleigh and Elsternwick; local cafés, bars and other venues across Glen Eira; with events to suit all age groups, budgets and interests. Storytelling is a common and shared human experience that transcends culture, language and time. Through storytelling we can come together as a community, to share our histories, our experiences and the important stories that have been handed down through generations.
Finally, I’d like to thank all the sponsors and supporters whose support has made the Festival possible.
Welcome to the 2015 Glen Eira Storytelling Festival. I look forward to seeing you in June.
Cr Jim Magee
Mayor, City of Glen Eira
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