Around the World in 80 Tales 2019 saw a fantastic storytelling event chockablock full of interactive cultural performances
Our stories came in languages from Aotearoa and abroad, but all spoken by Dunedinites. The bringing together of cultures to share and celebrate differences comes with ease at a storytelling event like this, and has a great role to play in building relationships in our community.
Opened by Metiria Turei our festival began with an acknowledgement of the lives lost at Al Noor and Linwood mosques just days before. Our gathered crowd sang “Te Aroha” and “Tutira Mai nga iwi” waiata that are becoming anthems for peace and solidarity in our nation. Tēnā rawa atu koe, Metiria for the powhiri and reminder of the power of community.
Our hearts go out to those who were affected by the events of March 15th. They are us.