A crowd of almost 60 storytellers gathered in the lovely Tulika Press Bookshop in CHENNAI on 24 August to witness the inauguration of FEAST. There were representatives from Australia, Indonesia, Romania, Singapore, UK, USA, and many tellers based in Chennai, as well as those travelling from Bangalore - see the moment here: https://youtu.be/mPcm9n5xw4o.
The choice of Chennai to host the launch was deliberate for three reasons:
1) As the Under the Aalamaram Storytelling Festival was in progress it meant stories were in the air and many tellers were in town. FEAST always wants to be associated with stories, and although we were not connected to the UTA (celebrating its remarkable 5th Year, incidentally) we were grateful that it brought three founding directors together (Roger, Jeeva and Ariyo)
2) Although FEAST is incorporated as a non-profit company in Singapore, and the first Conference will be held in Singapore, it is definitely not a Singaporean organisation. Launching in Chennai was the strongest possible statement we could make to this effect.
3) Having tellers present from so many different countries outside of Asia - and highly respected tellers too - means that they will talk about FEAST and let their friends and fellow association members that we are open and looking to promote Asian tales and tellers.
FEAST is most grateful to Jeeva for organising the event, and to our generous hosts at Tulika Press for hosting the event and providing us our first FEAST!!