Once Upon A Time - Kan Ya Makan Storytelling Workshop

Once Upon A Time - Kan Ya Makan Storytelling Workshop: A workshop exploring the magical medium of storytelling, one of the most popular art forms in the Arab world, through the embodiment of El Hakawati (The Storyteller). Started in rural areas when shepherds used to gather under a tree to share stories with villagers, this art form gradually moved to cafés and diwans to become a tool of resistance and social justice. Everyone knows a good story, modern or ancient, that is worth being shared and listened to. This introductory session will explore techniques of storytelling and offer a platform to share these stories and explore them artistically through drama, dance, music, visual theatre and play. It will be facilitated by Elias Matar, a Palestinian drama therapist, workshop facilitator, performer and founder of the El Bayet Centre for Performing Arts & Drama Therapy in London. Taking place on 21 February, 2018 at the Arab Briitsh Centre, 1 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE.