2021 Storytelling Festival online wrap-up

Thank you for joining us for the 10th anniversary Glen Eira Storytelling Festival online. We laughed, cried, sang and experienced a diverse range of stories.

Jon Faine’s heart-wrenching recount of the Black Saturday bushfires, as well as his amazing overland trip from Melbourne to London accompanied by his younger son’s ‘road trip soundtrack’, set the scene for an extraordinary landscape of stories told in short-form, long-form, song, poetry, prose and anecdote.

We celebrated the breadth of Jewish food that stretched from Australia to Burma to the Middle East, with a passionate trio from the Monday Morning Cooking Club. The Hope in an Envelope session explored stories that have been retold through letters housed in the collections of the Jewish Museum of Australia and Jewish Holocaust Centre.

The culture and creativity of the LGBTQIA+ community was also celebrated at our Queerstories event. The virtual audience was treated to an evening of unexpected tales, stories of pride, prejudice and resilience, delivered with warmth and humour by some of Melbourne's finest storytellers.

Double amputee Mike Rolls combined authentic storytelling and vulnerability with plenty of humour. Mike drew upon his resilience to embrace ‘uncertainty’ and shared the benefits of a positively inspiring ‘what’s next?’ mindset.

First Peoples Kee’ahn sang stories of her youth, while Katie Noonan fans enjoyed an intimate performance from her Brisbane studio. 

Thank you to all the supporters and program partners who contributed to this year’s Festival. We’re all looking forward to a live event in 2022.