Thank You Scotland

East-London Street, Edinburgh

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This Autumn me and my dear partner Anna Uschanov got possibility to work in Artist Residency in Edinburgh. We were the last artists in Art Promotion Centre Finland’s residency in East-London Street. Two months we spent in the middle of active Scottish storytelling scene. Scotland and strong traditions, England and buzzing storytelling club-scene with growing performance storytelling style. As a Finnish artist I look from my own point of view and I link my art somewhere between.

Thanks for Scottish Storytelling Centre and SISF2016 -festival. Great moments, good conversations and a lot of inspiration. For me the highlight of the festival week was one of the first Open Hearth events at Netherbow Theatre, In my mind I can still hear echoes of those stories told by Amina Blackwood, Michael Kerins and Beatriz Quintana Valle.

Thanks for Janis Mackay & Beverley Bryant for possibility to share ideas and to see your work as storytellers and mentors with apprenticeship storytellers. With the system of apprenticeship and mentors, new Scottish storytellers are linked on a long tradition and the stream of generations. I think that the strength of the tradition in Scotland is quite uniq in storytelling scene in Europa. Scottish scene has still old tradition bearers in whom family the role of a storyteller has been passed on for generations. I am privileged that I got opportunity to spent some days with Seannachie Seoras MacPherson. Thanks Douglas Mackay for the invitation to perform in the Inverness Storytelling festival. And thanks for Seoras for all those stories and seeds of inspiration you shared with us!

I feel that in the heart of Scottish storytelling is sharing, participation, tradition. It was interesting to see some differencies between the scenes in England and Scotland. Many thanks for Litfest for the invitation to perform in Lancaster and thanks for Dominic Kelly for stimulating conversations over a whisky bottle.

Storytelling today, it’s fascinating. I see that in different places, groups and venues storytelling is used in different ways and from different basis and for many kind of audiences and target groups. It’s not just tradition bearing, it’s not a museal art form. In many places one can find storytellers and artist who do experiments and develop the art of storytelling to new fields, both as performance and community art.

As I see the history and tradition I can see my self and my art from a different point of view. I hope that I will do what I do, without binding it to the borders that say that this is storytelling and this is not. I hope that I’m brave enough to cross the unseen borders and I hope I’m able to challenge my self as an artist and storyteller. Anyway behind all the different styles and ways to you use storytelling I see that there’s common bottomline – storytelling speaks from people to people and in the end it’s all about the connection.

Let the rehearsals go on

– and let’s continue the conversation!

Big thanks for Art Promotion Centre Finland!

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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!

From the Woods
From the Woods

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

 

Story Café @ Runokuu

Story Sharing 2016
Story Sharing 2016

International Story Sharing Cafè 

Runokuu 

26.8. 8pm @ Kansallisteatterin Lavaklubi,  Läntinen teatterikuja 1, Helsinki 

A social gathering where sharing your own everyday stories and listening to others is made easy and fun! All you need is an open mind and a hunger for stories and new people. Our special storytelling guests, skilled musicians and open story sharing mic make the evening a heart-warming and thoroughly enjoyable experience! The café is organized by the Story Sharing 2016 project which helps immigrants, asylum seekers and Finns to meet and share stories together.

Storytelling guest: Alireza Abdi Momtaz, Amjad Sher and Nena Stenius

Musicians: Christer Hackman & Friends

Hosts: Max Bremer & Markus Luukkonen

Please sign up beforehand at ilmoittautumiset@nuorenvoimanliitto.fi or at the Lavaklubi before the event begins.

 

http://www.runokuu.fi/festaritarpit.html#perjantai26

 

3Troubadours @ Flatlands

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3Troubadours – the international trio of performance storytellers – are soon coming to Belgium and The Netherlands with their show “Mobile Dreams”. From the 20th to the 29th of May, we are performing in Vinderhoute, Brakel, Gent, Brugge, Kapellen, Amsterdam, Belsele and Den Haag!

“Mobile Dreams” is a poetic, funny and warm storytelling performance about the everlasting human search for truth and connection, freedom and beauty. In a playful stream of four languages (English, Dutch, Finnish and Norwegian) the three perfomers behind “Mobile Dreams” tell a string of tales both mythical and personal, all connected by the language of dreams.

Check out our Facebook page for more info – or access the tour plan on this page:
http://www.3troubadours.com/mobile-dreams-tour-in-may/

3Troubadours
(Tom van Outryve, BE)
(Markus Luukkonen, FI)
(Torgrim Mellum Stene, NO)

The tour is supported by TelepART – Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux

TelepART

Stories from Kalevala

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Stories from Kalevala
with Christine Cooper, Petra Poutanen, and Markus Luukkonen

23.3 at 6pm Arkadia International Bookshop, Nervanderinkatu 11, Helsinki

It’s midnight. The guts of Lemminkäinen are laid out, and a raven croaks at the back of the room. The ancient ritual of myth-telling is brought screaming into the 21st century by Christine and Petra with voices, instruments and strange machines…. Christine is a respected British storyteller, currently studying here at the Sibelius Academy. She tells the stories simply and directly, in English, evoking fragments of ancient runo-melody with her violin.. Petra is a musician without borders – she weaves dark, messy electronic sounds in and around the stories. This is Kalevala as you have never heard it before.

Free entrance – donations welcome!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1715998188641545/

Story Sharing Cafés – March 2016

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International Story Sharing Café

17.3. 6 pm at Vuotalo, Mosaiikkitori 2, Vuosaari

21.3. 6 pm at Stoa, Turunlinnantie 1, Itäkeskus

Would you like to meet people who have come to Finland from near or afar and talk with them? Or meet the mysterious folk who call themselves Finns? Would you like to hear fascinating stories spiced up with melodies and rhythms from faraway countries? Story Sharing Café is a new type of social gathering where sharing your own everyday stories and listening to others is made easy and fun! All you need is an open mind, and a hunger for stories and new people!

Programme:

– Story sharing café – meet people from near and far round the coffee tables

– Open mic – stand up, grab the microphone and share your story!

– Special storytelling guests:

17.3. VUOTALO: Christine Cooper, Antonio van Cleave and Åsa Nybo

21.3. STOA: Kishan Gaine, Wilson Kirwa and Houda Wahbi

The eminent musicians of the evening: Christer Hackman and Marouf Majid

Hosts: Max Bremer, Carla-Rose Häkkinen and Markus Luukkonen

Free entrance but voluntary donations are welcome!
As our seats are limited, please book yours in advance:
e-mail: universum@universum.fi / tel. 09-611003 (Mon-Fri 11 am – 3 pm)

www.facebook.com/storysharing2016

www.universum.fi

The International Story Sharing Café is a part of the project ”Story Sharing 2016”, which aims to help people of different nationalities and cultures to meet each other by sharing stories from their lives. Production by Theatre House Universum, Under the Same Roof and Alba SuomiFinland ry in co-operation with Samova ry, Finnish Red Cross and Arbis and with the support of City of Helsinki Cultural Office, Finnish Cultural Foundation and Samuel Huber’s Art Foundation.