ICCA storytelling exhibit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Inverness County Centre for the Arts:

Storytelling exhibit hosts stories, workshops and traditional marag dinner

The exhibit Shared Stories in Inverness County at the Inverness County Centre of the Arts (ICCA) is coming together with the generous support of many heritage groups and individuals throughout the County. The exhibit, which focusses on the art of storytelling in the Gaelic tradition, runs from April 18 to May 1, and will present a collection of video and recordings in English and Gaelic, with unique items on display connected with featured storytellers or stories.

There is no shortage of rich material in the county, and this is a tribute to the many hundreds who have passed along these stories which have been so important to local Gaelic culture. ICCA has tried to represent the storytellers and stories of most regions of the County, some examples being stories in English by Broad Cove’s Hector Doink MacDonald and Archie Neil Chisholm of Margaree, as well as Gaelic stories with translations by Dan Angus Beaton and Annie Mae Gillis of Blackstone, and Peter MacEachen of Glendale – late submissions are still welcome (any format – video, film, reels or cassettes).

During the first week, ICCA will be hosting student visits, and on Saturday April 22, an entertaining afternoon of stories, music and workshops will give people a deeper understanding of the Gaelic storytelling tradition. The program for April 22 begins at noon with a workshop presented by the Celtic Music Centre and Colaisde na Gàidhlig/Gaelic College on preserving old recordings, followed by the Opening Reception of the exhibit with tea at 1 pm. At 1:30, a storytelling session led by local storytellers, Patty and Andy John A. MacDonald will touch on Hector Doink and other storytellers of the area. Carmen MacArthur presents a talk on the aspects of Gaelic language that influence our storytelling tradition – and of course there will be a good tea! Jeff MacDonald describes the fascinating history of our modern storytelling tradition; and John Donald Cameron shares his depth of knowledge of Gaelic musical traditions. Running parallel to these workshops will be painting/mixed media art workshops for adults and for children, wrapping up the day with the traditional marag and roast beef dinner (by presale).

These activities are presented with the support of Nova Scotia Gaelic Affairs and Communities Culture and Heritage, the Municipality of the County of Inverness and Forward 150 Funding.

For more information or dinner tickets, you may contact the Arts Centre at 902-258-2533, or Caroline.Cameron@invernessarts.com