Stories come to life at children’s festival

Hastings Storytelling Festival. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-151116-115248001
Hastings Storytelling Festival. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-151116-115248001
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Children took centre stage as the Hastings Storytelling Festival came to a close at the weekend.

The highlight of the weekend’s events was a children’s parade on Sunday which went around the town after leaving the Stade.

Hastings Storytelling Festival. Photo by Sid Saunders.'Hastings Mayor Bruce Dowling and Deputy Mayor Judy Rogers. SUS-151116-115139001

Hastings Storytelling Festival. Photo by Sid Saunders.'Hastings Mayor Bruce Dowling and Deputy Mayor Judy Rogers. SUS-151116-115139001

There were free story telling events for children all day at the Stade Open Space and hall and giant dinosaur Rex wandered around meeting children and parents.

The entertainment included Norwich Puppet Theatre bringing to life the tale of The Pied Piper, Usifu Jalloh with animal stories from Sierra Leone, Spud & Yam telling lively Irish and Caribbean stories, Dreamspin inviting people to hula-hoop and Richard Storybeard telling stories in his cosy yurt.

On Saturday at Hastings Children’s Library there was storytelling from Nana Tsiboe. The popular local Master Drummer told traditional Ghanaian animal stories using traditional African instruments.

On Friday local artist Sarah Evans led an Animal Banner Making Workshop at St Leonards Children’s Centre, ready for the parade on Sunday.

“It’s been a busy and exciting week,” said Dick Edwards, Chair of Hastings Storytelling Festival.

Pictures by Sid Saunders.

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