Words turn Beja into the city of tales

About 50 accountants, writers and reading mediators turn Beja into the “city of tales”, from today until Sunday, during the 15th Words Andarilhas, which includes initiatives for those who like to tell and listen to stories.

The guests, national and foreign, will participate in the initiatives of the Andarilhas Words divided by the Meeting of Apprentices of the Counting and Narration Festival “I tell you what you dream” and that will take place in various spaces of the city and of villages of the county.

In this year’s edition, Andarilhas Words, biannually organized by the Câmara de Beja to promote reading, oral narration and literature, “returns to the original format”, according to the producer of the event, Cristina Taquelim.

The Andarilhas Words reinstates the Contar’s Apprentice Meeting, which has a training component for professionals in reading, oral narration and literature, and the ‘I tell you what you dream’ Narrative Festival, through which it opens to the public in general with several initiatives and that in the last two years was replaced by Festival of World Tales.

Throughout the day, experts from the area will teach enrolled participants, mainly reading mediators, reading and oral storytelling practices through various training initiatives, through Thursday’s meeting with the students.

These are conferences, conversations, training workshops and tertúlias that propose “different looks on the art of the word said and printed” and will take place at Diogo Gouveia Secondary School, in the Municipal Library and in the Public Garden of Beja.

Until Sunday, Andarilhas Words opens to the general public with the ‘I tell you what you dream’ Narrative Festival, with several free initiatives, such as storytelling sessions, in various areas of the city and of villages in the county, and Mercadinho Walker, during the day, in the Public Garden.

The market will have the participation of more than 15 booksellers and many creators to showcase and sell books and works of plastic artists and include “good excuses to see, read and mercar”.

The first ‘dose’ of the festival’s short stories, directed by accountants Jorge Serafim, Luzia do Rosário and Thomas Bakk, is taking place today at Rua da Mouraria, starting at 9.30 pm, through the initiative “Há contos na Mouraria” .

The fifth, sixth and Saturday evenings will be animated with storytelling sessions, starting at 9:30 pm in the auditorium of Jardim Público, by narrators from various parts of the world, such as Ana Garcia Castellano, Virginia Imaz, Pablo Albo, Jorge Serafim, Támara Bezerra, Carlos Marques, Alexis Diaz Pimienta and Thomas Bakk.

Through the ‘Contos d’água ao fresco’ initiative, the festival leaves out of town on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings for accountants to tell tales in public spaces of six villages in the municipality of Beja.

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