Be captivated by the art of storytelling with StoryFest 2022’s Digital Stories and Story Talk video series
f you missed the live performances from StoryFest 2022, the festival organisers have uploaded videos under the Digital Stories series for viewers to discover the art of storytelling.

Be captivated by the art of storytelling with StoryFest 2022’s Digital Stories and Story Talk video series

StoryFest, an annual literary arts festival in Singapore that celebrates the practice, diverse styles, and beauty of storytelling, recently wrapped up its latest iteration which was held from 19 to 21 Aug.

This year’s festival was a hybrid edition, focused on adapting the magic of the storytelling process across different time zones and mediums. This means that even though the live performances have concluded, local and international audiences can still experience the festival on the digital stage.

Audiences are invited to view bite-sized literary performances of six captivating folktales in The Singapore Showcase: Digital Stories series and get a behind-the-scenes look at how local artists craft their tales in the Story Talk series. 

Here’s what you can look forward to in each series:

1. The Singapore Showcase: Digital Stories

Story Threads: The Singapore Showcase features digital performances by six local wordsmiths: Melizarani T.Selva, Wesley Leon Aroozoo, Daryl Qilin Yam, Stephanie Dogfoot, Hafiz Rashid, and Verena Tay (left to right).
Story Threads: The Singapore Showcase features digital performances by six local wordsmiths: Melizarani T.Selva, Wesley Leon Aroozoo, Daryl Qilin Yam, Stephanie Dogfoot, Hafiz Rashid, and Verena Tay (left to right).

This series brings both ancient and contemporary folklore to the forefront with stories performed in six different styles by six local artists: Melizarani T.Selva, Wesley Leon Aroozoo, Daryl Qilin Yam, Stephanie Dogfoot, Hafiz Rashid, and Verena Tay.

The tales include a local child-stealing mythological creature, a creation goddess trying to manage chaos, and a deity struggling with the baby blues. While these stories may paint fantastical imageries, there are themes that audiences can resonate with, such as unrequited love, generational trauma, and being bound by societal norms.

All the stories will remain available for free viewing on YouTube until March 2023.

Find the complete playlist of videos from The Singapore Showcase: Digital Stories series here.

2. Story Talk

If you enjoyed the stories performed in The Singapore Showcase: Digital Stories series, tune into Story Talk to find out more about the six local artists and their processes in putting together the performances.  

In the spirit of learning and growing from the practice of sharing, the festival has introduced an interview series that explores the creative process of the six artists featured in The Singapore Showcase: Digital Stories series.

In this interview series, StoryFest’s creative director Kamini Ramachandran explores the different facets and mediums of storytelling employed by the six artists and their approaches to preparing for the digital versions of their live performances.

Watch their creative conversations and learn more about how they weave their narratives and adapt to different mediums in this increasingly digital age.

Find the complete playlist of videos from the Story Talk series here.

If you managed to catch StoryFest 2022 in person, you can share feedback on your experience here.  

(Photos: StoryFest Singapore)

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