HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN STORYTELLING CENTER ONLINE
Storytelling will start online on Saturday June 5, 2021 on Facebook and Youtube. We hope to move back to live outdoor storytelling by HCA statue in Central Park later in the summer.
HCA Storytelling Online
Saturday Mornings from 11 am to Noon (Eastern Time)
Storytellers from throughout the world tell Andersen’s iconic stories
From Central Park to Your Home anywhere in the world
This year the Hans Christian Andersen Story Telling Center, Inc. (“HCASTC”) is proud to launch a 2021 Live On-line Season. Different Andersen stories will be told every week.
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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