Natyaloka Dance


Natyaloka Clasical Indian dance.


Finally!  We have been trying to fit into Swaroopa’s busy schedule since day dot and this year we have done it, it may warp the time space continuum but it will be completely worth it to introduce the beautiful art form of Indian classical dance. Click the picture below to see Swaroopa’s website , check her out on radio with her current programme “Herstory” introducing Indian women present and mythical, or check out her dedication to dance on facebook. 



The colour and precision of Indian dance draws the eye and the movements are hypnotic. What a wonderful way to close our festival.

Here Come the Drums Here Come the Drums


Kadodo West African Drums.


Welcome travellers, amongst stories from around the globe on the day we will have a brief and glorious stopover in Ghana, Africa. Robert Koffie Fugah is bringing the sound of drums to our festival! Specifically Kadodo West African Drums, they have a fantastic repertoire and they are bringing their energy to Around the World in 80 Tales. We are so lucky to have this kind of talent in our city, and welcome to the out of town talent coming down from Christchurch. Cross your fingers for fine weather and let’s have the sound of drums reverberating off the hills. I cannot wait.

Want to get a taste before the festival? Try here. Keen to learn yourself? there are classes coming up in April this year taught by Robert, get in quick. Click here for details.



DYO: Dunedin Youth Orchestra



The Dunedin Youth Orchestra graced an eager audience with a fantastic recital of Peter and the Wolf a Russian musical opera by Prokofiev. they were accompanied by Rainbow Rosalind and her illustrative puppets Peter and the animal cast.


Thank you Dunedin Youth Orchestra for supporting this storytelling extravaganza. 


Around the World in images




Massive thanks to our performers! Led in the National anthem by Mayor Peter Chin, who welcomed us to the festival in English and Cantonese, the audience was then transported to the Cook Islands by the dance spectacular of Kia Orana Performing Arts; visually and musically stunning.DSC07550

Later in the dim cabin lighting of the Dunninghame suite we watched the shadows of monsters past in Beowulf performed in style by Dunedin Medieval Society, Rare Byrds, from costume to atmosphere to story an adventure.



In the afternoon Rainbow Rosalind narrated the sensational musical story of Peter and the Wolf with hand puppets to illustrate the musical motifs. To say we had to shoe horn people into the room might be an understatement!DSC08935

Our closing adventure took us on an interactive exploration of time and space as the Dunedin Flow Artists Collective coaxed the audience out onto the plaza to exercise their flow, the transforming, trance like state of focus that comes to those in the midst of action- in children we call it play and as you can see the children who got up to have a go had an absolute blast.




Our performers took us to places, times and memories, on vehicles of sight and sound we truly traveled Around the World, and we thank them for providing such and awesome OE at the library.