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Introduction to Kamishibai storytelling course


March 16th 13:00-15:30, Helsinki Central Library Oodi

March 23rd 13:00-15:30, Rikardhinkatu Library, Helsinki


During this course we will explore techniques for creating multilingual storytelling moments for children or families using Kamishibai, a Japanese paper theatre tradition.The course will be led by cultural producer and art educator, Julia Kartesalo.


Over two sessions you will learn about the origins of Kamishibai as well as a variety of concrete examples of its use in educational and language development work settings. A particular thematic focus lies on multilingualism, inclusive storytelling and artistic possibilities with Kamishibai. 


In addition to theoretical knowledge, the workshop also provides practical experience in planning and performing short Kamishibai presentations. You will have the opportunity to reflect on Kamishibai as part of your own professional practice and receive direct feedback from the course leader and other participants by acting out an initial performance or project idea. The workshop also promotes networking between the participants through the practical participation, which can also be useful after the workshop. 


Who can participate? 

Any immigrants who have a municipality of residence in Finland. This course may be of particular interest to kindergarten/preschool/primary school teachers, reading mediators, librarians, storytellers, performers, or parents/carers who are interested in sharing stories in their home languages or multilingually, and developing their storytelling skills for use at daycares, schools, libraries, at home or in communities. Attendance is expected at both sessions. 


Cost: Free. Supported Citizen’s Forum.


Languages: The course will be delivered in English, Julia is also able to offer support in Finnish, German and Portuguese. During session 2, participants are welcome to tell stories in any language of their choice.


Places are limited, please register at this link:

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