Midsummer @ Ireland

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FEST CONFERENCE 2017

Stories in Borderlands (21-24/6)
International Storytelling Festival (24-25/6)

FEST_FestivalAt Midsummer I’ll be joining the FEST Conference 2017– Stories In Borderlands. Finnish storytelling organization Samova Storytelling has been a member of FEST Inpo since 2013 and at this year’s conference we’ll represent Samova with my collague Ilkka Hautala. (At the same time I will represent Art in Integreation -project Story Sharing Universum and multilingual storytelling trio 3Troubadours.) The conference will be followed by a two-day storytelling festival in Northern Ireland, where I will share a stage with some great storytellers from different parts of Europe. Looking forward to meet old and new friends and to be inspired by conversations and new ideas for collaboration. See you at Ireland!

FEST (Federation for European Storytelling) promotes the mobility of ideas and collaborations in and across Europe. By offering mechanisms for sharing, learning, advocacy and relationship building, it wishes to empower the world of storytelling. FEST is an international non-profit organisation (INPO) based in Belgium but with membership all across Europe. www.fest-network.eu

Storytelling in Borderlands – PROGRAMME
Conference workshop topics will include: Storytelling and Education; Storytelling with Refugees and New Migrants; Storytelling in Minority Languages; Storytelling and Conflict Resolution; Stories in Translation; Storytelling and Contemporary Culture; Reminiscence Work and Story-collecting from Dementia Patients; Oral and Written Stories; and more.

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Thanks for Support: Art Promotion Centre Finland!

Vindmantel – Ilman viitta

Something new! (Premiere Autumn 2017)

Vindmantel – Ilman viitta

Storytellers: Mikael Öberg (Swe) & Markus Luukkonen (Fin)

Production: Fabula Storytelling

Shaibalaiba! Story Café Spring 2017

shaibajulkka_kevat2017Shaibalaiba! – Story Café

Join us at Shaibalaiba! Story Café, a cosy gathering of storytellers, every first Friday of the month. There is an open stage for anyone who has a story to tell, as well as featured guest storytellers every month. Some of the events will be hosted in Finnish and some in English.

Teatteri Ilmi Ö, Iso Roobertinkatu 10 B, Helsinki

3.2. Uskomatomat sattumukset * Juulia Salonen

3.3. Rakkaus * Ilkka Hautala

7.4. Music * Robin DeWan (USA)

5.5. Merkityksettömiä mielen muistoja * Yrjänä Sauros

2.6. Ancestors * Maria Vatanen (UK)

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Tickets (6€)

More info: info.samovary@gmail.com / 050-5412077

TARINAKLUBI Helsinki

tarinaklubi_helsinki_2017Samova’s new storytelling club starts in 2017! Every third Friday of the month, professional storytellers bring their stories to the stage in Theatre Ilmi Ö. Join us for some amazing performances from Finland and abroad.

Teatteri Ilmi Ö, Iso Roobertinkatu 10 B (Always at 6pm)

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Spring 2017

20.1. Markus Luukkonen

17.2. Christine Cooper (Wales)

17.3. Judith Black (USA)

21.4. Anna-Maria Toivonen

19.5. Mikael Öberg (Sweden) & Sarah-Liisa Wilkinson (Englanti)

16.6. Eppel&Peppel

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Tickets

info.samovary@gmail.com / +358505412077

Mobile Dreams UK – News

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Hey hey hey!

We have been working really hard to make our tour in the UK happen and finally all comes together. Our working period in the UK starts at 11th of April with Guest House Storytellers in Newhaven and ends at 29th of April at The Bureau in Blackburn.

Altogether we are planning to have twelve Mobile Dreams performances but some of them are still in the works. Stay tuned for the complete list of tour dates & venues!

Our work is made possible by Nordic Culture Point and the grant we did receive from them at the end of last year. Great thanks! We are ready to go.

3Troubadours 

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Storey @ Lancaster

LitfestFrom the Woods @ Lancaster

Date and Time: Thursday 24th November 7:30pm

Venue: The Storey Auditorium, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH

Tickets: £9.50 full/£8 Concession – tickets available online here or In person/by phone: Lancaster Visitor Information Centre, The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, 01524 582394 (Monday – Saturday 10am-4pm)

‘From the Woods’

Finland is a land of endless forests and thousands of lakes. The forest is sacred, but it’s the edge of the civilized area, an unknown and frightening place. The vast wilderness has always been full of strange beings. The Devil might be lurking behind the trees; other creatures are watching from the undergrowth. Which are good and which are bad? And how can you be sure?

Markus weaves these traditional tales from his native Finland with narratives from his own life. The result is a string of stories about love, about death, and about dreaming, told in Markus’ down-to-earth and dynamic style. He combines dark Finnish humour with beautiful imagery and a gentle finger on the pulse of the human condition.

http://litfest.org/markus-luukkonen-at-the-storey-this-november/

Inverness Storytelling Festival

InvernessRekindling the Hearth.

Inverness Storytelling Festival returns for a second year with a mixture of tales, music, poetry and craic from Scottish Highlands and distant landscapes.

It will be a celebration of Highland ceilidh culture with stories from: George Macpherson, Bob Pegg, Dougie Mackay, Daniel Serridge, Carol Scorer, Lizzie McDougall, Markus Luukkonen, Alasdair Taylor, Ecopoetry from Helen Moore, Gaelic song from Christina Stewart and global music from Omar Bin Mohammed Afif (Morrocco), Sergio Zavayeta (Peru) and the Woodland Roots Band and folk sounds from Joe Hill’s Wake and Dougie Burns (with a few more surprise acts)

Timetable is as follows:

Fri 11th
@ La Tortilla assesena
7-8pm- Black Dog Days (Bob Pegg)
8.30-10 “Heart Is in The Highlands” Open Hearth session (George MacPherson, Dougie Mackay, Christina Stewart)
£5 each, £7 for both

Sat 12th
@ the Bike Shed, Grant Street
12-12.45pm “Tales of the Magic Drum”- Childrens Storytelling with Dougie Mackay
by donation

13.30-15:00pm River Ness Story Walk/ The Old Grey Magician with George Macpherson
by donation

3.30-5pm Tales of The Moray Firth with The Gold and Silver Darlings Story Quilt (Lizzie McDougall)
by donation

La Tortilla Asesina
19:00-19.45 Into The Woods (Tales from Finland with Markus Luukkonen)

20:00-21:30 International Wonder Tales & Tunes (Carol Scorer, Dan Serridge, Dougie Mackay, Sergio Zavayeta, Omar Bin Afif, George Macpherson)
9.45-11:30 Woodland Roots Music session and dance up!

£8 for full eve programme
Concession available on request

Sunday 13th
1-3.30pm @ The Sheiling Project
Gaelic in the landscape & Outdoor Story session
by donation

Check the program here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1115649585194342/

Bring your friends, bring your granny, bring a tune, tale or listening ear.
email deep.roots.community@gmail.com for more info

Hello Scotland!

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Scotland, England & Wales! 

Just got my new passport and now It’s time to back my bag.

For October and November I’ll be working in artist residency in Edinburgh (and travel and perform a bit around the UK.)

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If you’re looking for some interesting Finnish storytelling for your event, I’m here or there! Or if you want to chat about storytelling, ask me for a coffee or a drink!

See you around!

The residency is supported by Art Promotion Centre Finland and I’ll share the time there with my dear partner: fine artist & visual theatre maker Anna Uschanov.

Examples of my performances:

From the Woods – Stories from Finland

About Seven Hills – Collaboration project with Anna Uschanov

Contact me:

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Sama suomeksi – Same in Finnish