Festival
For: Families
Min age: All ages
Duration: 4hrs
Entry type: Free drop in
Visitors enjoy a storytelling performance.

Tales from around the world

Visitors enjoy a storytelling performance.

To celebrate International Language Day on 21 February we invite you to join us for an adventure exploring myths, legends and folktales from around the world. Hear traditional tales, watch captivating performances and take part in creative workshops at this vibrant family festival weekend.

Saturday 16 Feb

Basement

Tepa Putul clay workshop

Pocahontas room, basement

Craft, ages 5+

12.30-1pm, 1.30-2pm, 2.30-3pm & 3.30-4pm

Bookable workshop – collect a free ticket from the front desk.

Tepa putul are clay figures of people and animals first made 6000 years ago by the Indus Valley Civilisation and still made today in parts of Bangladesh and India. Learn about Tepa putul and create your own clay figurine to take home.

Data Flow printing workshop

Jack Petchey room, basement

Craft, ages 5+

12-1.30pm & 2-4pm

Rivers have long played an important part in people’s lives and belief systems. Join artist Michael Takeo Magruder and facilitator Sarah Dhanjal and capture your own memories and experiences of rivers using simple printing techniques. Participants’ work will become part of a new digital art installation called Data Flow that is being produced for the Museum’s upcoming Secret Rivers exhibition.

Ground Floor

Mythical masks

Ground floor foyer

Craft, all ages

12-4pm

Transform yourself into a mythical beast for the day by making your own mask.

The Whispering Forest

Ground floor foyer and first floor

Installation, all ages

12-4pm

Enjoy ‘The Whispering Forest,’ an installation created by Clube dos Brasileirinhos who are a Brazilian supplementary school based in north west London.

Traditional Chinese music

Chris Ellmers gallery, ground floor

Music workshop, ages 5+

12.30-1.15pm, 1.45-2.30pm & 3-3.45pm

Join Wang Ying to learn about some traditional Chinese musical instruments. Enjoy demonstrations of the instruments before having a go at playing them yourself.

Creature cubes

Chris Ellmers gallery, ground floor

Craft, all ages

12-1.15pm & 1.45pm-4pm

Create a mish-mashed mythical creature in this large-scale craft activity.

Nian shadow puppets

Chris Ellmers gallery, ground floor

Craft, all ages

12-1.45pm & 2.15-4pm

Learn about Nian, a beast from Chinese mythology, and make your own beast to perform in a shadow puppet play.

If fish could fly

Chris Ellmers gallery, ground floor

Craft, all ages

12-2.15pm & 2.45-4pm

A wonder of nature, flying fish were sometimes caught to be eaten by sailors out to sea. Make your own fish and see how far it will fly.

Floor 1

The chill out zone

Sainsbury Study Centre and Archive, floor 1

Drop-in area, all ages

12-4pm

Take some time to chill out in this relaxed zone. Play a game, try on some dressing up or relax and read a book.

Floor 2

Storytelling stage

Warehouse of the World, floor 2

Storytelling, ages 5+

Set sail on an adventure exploring myths, legends and folktales from around the world.

12.15-12:45pm & 3-3.30pm

Stories from Africa, India and Bengal

Rez Kabir tells enthralling tales inspired by stories from Africa, India and Bengal using movement and song. Magical entertainment in English with some elements of other languages.

12.45-1.15pm & 3.30-4pm

River myths

Debbie Guneratne weaves river myths and legends from around the world in this enchanting session including sound and dance.

1.15-1.45pm & 2.30-3pm

Ancient Greek myths

Join Wendy Shearer for the gripping tale of Odysseus and the Island of Aeolia as brave warrior navigates the treacherous seas to get his men home safely no matter what dangers they have to overcome.

Plus enjoy an artistic display of the story created by students from Stationer’s Crown Woods Academy in Greenwich.

1.45-2.15pm

Afro-Caribbean folktales

Join Wendy Shearer as she tells some folktales from her Afro-Caribbean heritage.

Whale tales

Meet outside Sailortown, floor 2

Interactive storytelling, ages 7+

12.15-12.45pm, 1.45-2.15pm & 3-3.30pm

From the shores of the Thames all the way to the icy seas near Svalbard.Join storyteller Emily and explore tales and crafts of sailors, whalers, myths and magic. Dive down with giants of the deep!

Free Facepainting

Many East Ends, floor 2

12-4pm

Get your face painted for free. What mythical creature will you become?

Floor 3

Shpresa Programme community performance

Wilberforce Theatre, floor 3

Performance, all ages

1-1.20pm

Young people showcase their culture with performances by Shpresa Programme and special guest Besa Berberi. Shpresa is an organisation that runs many projects to support the Albanian community in London.

The Farthing Bundle Woman of Bow

Quayside room, floor 3

Storytelling and craft, ages 5+

12-12.30pm, 1.30-2pm & 3-3.30pm

Hear the tale of Clara Grant, a West Country woman who became the headmistress of a school in Bow. Learn how Clara was moved by the poverty she saw around her and how she began making homemade gifts for the poorest children in East London in this interactive storytelling session.

The legend of Arawelo

Quayside room, floor 3

Workshop, ages 5+

12.45-1.15pm, 2.15-2.45pm & 3.30-4pm

Explore the legend of Arawelo, the ancient Somali warrior queen who challenged what the role of women should be through drama games, performance and play. Explore how stories are passed down between generations and enjoy the chance to examine traditional Somali costume and artefacts!


Sunday 17 Feb

Basement

Tepa Putul clay workshop

Pocahontas room, basement

Craft, ages 5+

12.30-1pm, 1.30-2pm, 2.30-3pm & 3.30-4pm

Bookable workshop – collect a free ticket from the front desk.

Tepa putul are clay figures of people and animals first made 6000 years ago by the Indus Valley Civilisation and still made today in parts of Bangladesh and India. Learn about Tepa putul and create your own clay figurine to take home.

Ravens of the Tower printing workshop

Jack Petchey room, basement

Craft, ages 5+

12-1.30pm & 2-4pm

Legend has it that if the Tower of London’s six resident ravens ever leave the fortress, London will fall. Learn about the legend of the ravens and use simple printing techniques to create your own raven design to take home.

Ground Floor

Mythical masks

Ground floor foyer

Craft, all ages

12-4pm

Transform yourself into a mythical beast for the day by making your own mask.

The Whispering Tree

Ground floor foyer

Installation, all ages

Enjoy ‘The Whispering Tree,’ an installation created by Clube dos Brasileirinhos' who are a Brazilian supplementary school.

IROKO Theatre Company

Chris Ellmers gallery, ground floor

Interactive performance, ages 5+

12.15-1pm & 2.30-3.15pm

IROKO Theatre Company bring traditional African fables, myths and legends to life through drama, dance and song.

Creature cubes

Chris Ellmers gallery, ground floor

Craft, all ages

12-1.15pm & 1.45pm-4pm

Create a mish-mashed mythical creature in this large-scale craft activity.

Nian shadow puppets

Chris Ellmers gallery, ground floor

Craft, all ages

12-1.45pm & 2.15-4pm

Learn about Nian, a beast from Chinese mythology, and make your own beast to perform in a shadow puppet play.

If fish could fly

Chris Ellmers gallery, ground floor

Craft, all ages

12-2.15pm & 2.45-4pm

A wonder of nature, flying fish were sometimes caught to be eaten by sailors out to sea. Make your own fish and see how far it will fly.

Floor 1

The chill out zone

Sainsbury Study Centre and Archive, floor 1

Drop-in area, all ages

12-4pm

Take some time to chill out in this relaxed zone. Play a game, try on some dressing up or relax and read a book.

Floor 2

Storytelling stage

Warehouse of the World, floor 2

Storytelling, ages 5+

Set sail on an adventure exploring myths, legends and folktales from around the world.

1-1:30pm & 2-2:30pm

Ancient Greek myths – Join Wendy Shearer for the gripping tale of Odysseus and the Island of Aeolia as brave warrior navigates the treacherous seas to get his men home safely no matter what dangers they have to overcome.

Plus enjoy an artistic display of the story created by students from Stationer’s Crown Woods Academy in Greenwich.

1:30-2pm & 3:30-4pm

An Irish tale – Olivia Armstrong tells Feetwater, the story of an old woman who lives on her farm in Donegal in the north of Ireland. Find out what happens when some very strange visitors came to call.

2-2:30pm

Afro-Caribbean folktales – join Wendy Shearer as she tells some folktales from her Afro-Caribbean heritage.

Whale tales

Meet outside Sailortown, floor 2

Interactive storytelling, ages 7+

12.15-12.45pm, 1.30-2pm & 3-3.30pm

From the shores of the Thames all the way to the icy seas near Svalbard.Join storyteller Emily and explore tales and crafts of sailors, whalers, myths and magic. Dive down with giants of the deep!

Free Facepainting

Many East Ends, floor 2

12-4pm

Get your face painted for free. What mythical creature will you become?

Floor 3

Community performances

Wilberforce Theatre, floor 3

Performance, all ages

1-1.40pm

Young people showcase their culture with performances by EC Lighthouse Lithuanian School and Shpresa Programme, an organisation that runs many projects to support the Albanian community in London.

The Farthing Bundle Woman of Bow

Quayside room, floor 3

Storytelling and craft, ages 5+

12-12.30pm, 1.30-2pm & 3-3.30pm

Hear the tale of Clara Grant, a West Country woman who became the headmistress of a school in Bow. Learn how Clara was moved by the poverty she saw around her and how she began making homemade gifts for the poorest children in East London in this interactive storytelling session.

The legend of Arawelo

Quayside room, floor 3

Workshop, ages 5+

12.45-1.15pm, 2.15-2.45pm & 3.30-4pm

Explore the legend of Arawelo, the ancient Somali warrior queen who challenged what the role of women should be through drama games, performance and play. Explore how stories are passed down between generations and enjoy the chance to examine traditional Somali costume and artefacts!

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