Singing Storytellers would like to welcome you to our website. Singing Storytellers is…

…a multi-faceted public outreach program, involving a symposium in conjunction with Celtic Colours International Festival 2014 – with community events, learning opportunities, workshops, film screenings, exhibitions, the creation of new performance works and the presentation of an off-Broadway production that has toured the world, and scholarly presentations – in addition to the creation of digital media for educational and research purposes, and publications. This project, which brings together a multidisciplinary team of scholars and artist-pracitioners, is lead by Canada Research Chair in Communities and Cultures, Dr. Marcia Ostashewski (Cape Breton University), is facilitated through the involvement of several community, industry, government and institutional partners and sponsors.

As part of our project, an international interdisciplinary symposium will be held October 9-12th 2014, hosted by Cape Breton University (CBU) in Nova Scotia, Canada. This symposium welcomes creative and critical engagement with the lives, music and verbal artistry of contemporary bards from around the world.

For more information on the Singing Storytellers multifaceted outreach project, you are welcome to review the  “Knowledge Mobilization Plan” – submitted as part of an application to Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for support through their Connections Program.

Singing Storytellers – Knowledge Mobilization Plan

See the complete Call for Participation for the Singing Storytellers symposium here!

The Canada Research Chair in Communities and Cultures, Dr. Marcia Ostashewski, the faculty of the Local Arrangements Committee, departments and schools at Cape Breton University, and an International Program Committee – together with our partners, we are pleased to host you and your colleagues at the symposium from October 9-12, 2014!

Celtic Colours International Festival

For nine days in October, Cape Breton Island is home to a unique celebration of music and culture as the Celtic Colours International Festival presents dozens of concerts all over the island and an extensive line-up of community and educational events. Artists are invited from countries including Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England, Denmark, Spain, Brittany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Germany as well as from across the United States and Canada to join the finest of Cape Breton’s musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers and tradition-bearers.

The Singing Storytellers organizers and Cape Breton University are also very pleased to be working with CBC Cape Breton – Island Echoes and Mainstreet – Cape Breton host Wendy Bergfeldt! Watch this website to learn more about how the symposium, its participants and performers, will be featured on CBC Radio in the coming months leading up to, and during, the symposium and the Celtic Colours International Festival.

The Boardmore Playhouse is CBU’s performing arts centre, and presents an annual season of plays. The Playhouse is also involved with a number of community projects, providing practical expertise to community theatre groups and leadership in summer theatre programs. A local leader in the use of theatre arts as an educational tool, the Playhouse is also home to many of the CBU’s Theatre Arts courses. Singing Storytellers is excited about special events that will be held at the Boardmore as part of the symposium!