As a member of Fabula, a Swedish group of storytellers, I am invited to perform and give workshops at the sixth Hakaya festival being held 8-12 September in Amman, Jordan.
Hakaya is a network organized around Al Balad Theatre in Amman, El Warsha theatre group in Egypt and The Arab Education Forum, active in 22 Arab countries. The organizers note how the Arab Spring took most of the world by surprise. It’s repercussions are still unfolding, defying age-old rhetoric that people have neither voice nor power. The Middle East and North Africa continues to be a region faced with tough political and social-economic challenges and the need for peaceful change is felt everywhere. Therefore they have set up a program for turning peoples experiences into living stories. The aim is to expand cultural dialogue, focusing on the worth of individual human beings and the need to hear their stories. This is central, the organizers believe, to the democratization process and the healthy development of communities.
I am looking forward to this opportunity of sharing important experiences and turning episodes of our lives – theirs and mine – into well reflected stories.