Virtual Event - Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center

  • September 18, 2021
  • (EDT)
  • September 25, 2021
  • (EDT)
  • 2 sessions
  • September 18, 2021, 11:00 AM 12:00 PM (EDT)
  • September 25, 2021, 11:00 AM 12:00 PM (EDT)
  • Online - Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center New York

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN STORYTELLING CENTER ONLINE

SATURDAY MORNINGS STARTING JUNE 5, 2021 HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN STORYTELLING GOES VIRTUAL

A SIXTY FIVE YEAR NEW YORK TRADITION PREVAILS

Saturday Mornings from 11 am to Noon

Through September

Storytellers from throughout the world tell stories

From Central Park to Your Home anywhere in the world  

August-September Schedule

The  Hans Christian Andersen Story Telling Center, Inc. (“HCASTC”)  is proud to launch our 2021 storytelling season.  It  is also our 65th year anniversary season.

In August and September we will offer live online sessions. 

Facebook Virtual Feed and Past Sessions 

This year’s theme is “Andersen Inspired!”   Each session will feature one iconic Andersen story as well as tales and stories that inspired Andersen or were inspired by or otherwise relates to his stories.

World renowned New York storyteller and artistic director of the HCASTC, Laura Simms,  has curated a season of stories told by storytellers from across the globe.  Storytellers from the U.S. will be joined by world class storytellers from Wales, England, Norway, China, Ireland, France, Canada, and the Philippines.  We have designed three special events: an opening celebration;  an Independence Day celebration with Native American  and Asian storytellers; and an all Andersen Event. 

If you are looking for something wonderful and valuable to share with your family in these times, join us for live online performances on Saturdays through September at 11 a.m. straight to your kitchen or living room or garden. Performances will be live on our YouTube channel and on Facebook. Last summer our virtual storytelling programs reached thousands of families worldwide weekly.  Storytelling is life confirming. It keeps imagination and faith alive.  Technology has helped us immensely through this time.  But when the story is over put away the laptop and talk together about the stories in your own lives.  Join us as  keep up a tradition that has been ongoing for 65 years.     Research has shown that listening to stories helps increase empathy and navigate challenging times. AND it improves the ability to  feel closer to one another by building connection among  people.  Let’s strengthen our sense of being one global  community. 

What better time in which to shrink  physical distances and join us mind to mind across the world.

HCASTC has been freely delivering stories to New Yorkers of all ages since 1956, rain or shine from its signature location at the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen in Central Park (72nd Street and 5th Avenue). In June and July of 2021, we bring the stories, and the Park, into your home. 

Hans Christian Andersen’s stories are the  most translated literature next to the Bible.   His stories, penned in the nineteenth Century, have been delighting audiences worldwide since.  They  were created as commentaries for social injustice and inequality.  They remain  contemporary .  The stories  thrill children and adults alike with their array of fabulous characters including the Ugly Duckling who overcomes bullying and the Emperor Without Clothes whose vanity and idiocy is exposed by a child.  Kindness, humor, and the power of imagination and truth prevails.

For storytelling sessions, please join us at https://www.facebook.com/HCAStoryCenter or at  https://www.youtube.com/c/HCAStoryCenter  .

For detailed information, please visit our website at http://www.hcastorycenter.org

(The website updates are still being worked out, and the website will be updated prior to the beginning of our storytelling season. Supplemental press releases will be sent out later with the program for August and September.)

Hans Christian Andersen Story Telling Center, Inc. (HCASTC) is a not for profit organization.   It relies on donations from private donors and listeners for its continued storytelling programs. Donations are tax deductible and can be sent to  Hans Christian Andersen Story Telling Center, Inc., c/o Holland & Knight LLP, 31 W 52nd Street – 12th Floor, New York, NY 10019 or via paypal @ https://www.paypal.me/hcastorycenter . 

HCA Storytelling Online 


Hans Christian Andersen’s stories are the  most translated literature next to the Bible.   His stories, penned in the nineteenth Century, have been delighting audiences worldwide since. They  were created as commentaries for social injustice and inequality.  They remain  contemporary  and thrill children and adults alike with their array of fabulous characters including the Ugly Duckling who overcomes bullying and the Emperor Without Clothes whose vanity and idiocy is exposed by a child.  Kindness, humor, and the power of imagination and truth prevails. 

If you are looking for something wonderful and valuable to share with your family in these times, join us for live performances on Saturdays at 11 a.m. straight to your kitchen or living room or garden. Recorded The link for our live performance will be on our website shortly. performances will subsequently be made available on our YouTube channel and on Facebook. Our website will also have those links. The program will continue through the end of September. If social distancing rules permit, live performances may be resumed in Central Park later during the season. Stories have always been the most brilliant and engaging way to start a great conversation.   Let the tale of the Nightingale about authenticity and real communication lift your spirits.  The poignant  tales of The Last Pearl and The Little Match Girl soothe your heart. And laugh out loud with the tales of Jack, The Dullard and the Swineherd. We will have mornings of Andersen’s longer irresistible tales of the Snow Queen (the real story behind Frozen), The Wild Swans, or The Little Mermaid. 

Storytelling is entertaining. It is also life confirming. It keeps imagination and faith alive.  Technology has helped us immensely through this time, but put away the laptop when the story is over and talk together about the stories.  Tell your own. And keep up a tradition that has been ongoing for 64 years.  

There is a restorative power in storytelling. The most experienced and wonderful storytellers will support a sense of inner safety while exploring profound resolutions to emotional experiences. Research has shown that listening to stories helps increase empathy and navigate challenging times. AND it improves the ability to  feel closer to one another by building connection among  people.  Let’s strengthen our sense of being one global  community. 

What better time in which to shrink  physical distances and join us mind to mind across the world.

HCASTC has been freely delivering stories to New Yorkers of all ages since 1956, rain or shine from its signature location at the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen in Central Park (72nd Street and 5th Avenue). We bring stories, and the Park  into your home. 

HCASTC is a nonprofit organization that, aside from its historical site, has been bringing storytelling projects in schools, and is partnering with the Andersen Museum in Odense, Denmark, hometown of the author, HCASTC is supported by private donors, contributions from listeners,  and the Parks Department of New York City. For the last 64 years it has been proudly offering spoken word performances that gathered thousands of families throughout the summer months. This is still today kept as a gift: an open invitation for us all to meet in the spirit of Andersen’s love for justice, children and literature.

For detailed information, please visit our website at http://www.hcastorycenter.org

 


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