Museums, Arts and Historic Sites Panel Discussion

  • 21 Jul 2021
  • 19:30 - 21:00
  • Online ZOOM
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Storytelling at Museums,Arts and Historic Sites 

Panel Discussion

Panel Members:  Jo Henwood (Australia), Swee Yean Wong (Singapore), Annabelle Castano (Argentina),  Anna Salaman (United Kingdom)

Date: Wednesday 21st July 2021, 7.30pm to 9pm   Singapore Time

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Fee : Members - $5, Non Members - $10

Stories arise from place and culture comes from country.  That is why we have museums: to be the keeping places of the stories that communities want told, all signified by objects - but objects don’t tell stories.  They don’t have mouths.

We often say that there are three elements to storytelling: storyteller, audience, and story – but there is a fourth, the place in which we tell, the reason we are telling.   Heritage sites go far beyond museums – galleries, sculpture parks, museums, historic houses, streets, gardens, parks, beaches and bush (or forest, or pampas!) – each of them a nest where particular stories are born.

In this panel discussion we will be looking at all these elements and sites, but most importantly at the possible connections – of story to object, of performers to space, of time present to time past, from what was created to what we need to hold on to.  But if culture is related to place, what happens to storytelling when that space is virtual?  When we change the mode, or the media, or the setting, what can we create that is authentic to storyteller, audience, and story?

Participants who attend will be invited to apply for the " Storytelling in Museums, Art Galleries, Historic Sites" mentorship programme with Jo Henwood!  (Applicants must be FEAST members at the time of applying). 


JO HENWOOD is an Accredited Storyteller with the New South Wales Storytelling Guild. She is a tour guide, an education officer, a museum theatre creative, a workshop leader, a public speaker, and the co-founder of the Australian Fairy Tale Society.She has a Masters in Cultural Heritage, and qualifications in tour guiding, museum studies, gifted education, and library science.                                                  

ANNA SALAMAN has spent over twenty-five years immersed in the heritage, cultural and visitor attractions sectors. She specializes in interpretation, learning and play. Anna’s main interest areas within the heritage and cultural sectors lie in creating relevant interpretation for a wide audience, audience development and community participation, children’s and young people’s learning and engagement, and in developing playful environments. Stories and storytelling have therefore played a significant and consistent role throughout Anna’s career.

ANABELLE CASTAÑO is a bilingual storyteller, archaeologist and museum educator from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She interweaves her three professions and worksto build bridges between material and immaterial culture through traditional stories from all continents. When a world pandemic isn’t going around, she works at the Ambrosetti Ethnographic Museum performing, organising storytelling sessions, doing guided tours, researching and consulting for other institutions. Since 2019 she’s been a member of the storytelling committee for the Buenos Aires International Book Fair.Nowadays you can find her online, telling folktales, and offering workshops about storytelling, streaming, repertoire, oral traditions and developing content for various projects.

WONG SWEE YEAN is the President of the Storytelling Association (Singapore). She has performed in museums, art galleries and historic sites using intangible oral heritage to breathe life into artefacts and art works. Storytelling helps children and adults to connect to objects and historical venues. She also teaches storytelling to school students, adults and senior citizens.

The Federation of Asian Storytellers Ltd is a non-profit company incorporated
in Singapore in June 2018.

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