West Coast Storytellers Gather To Tell Finland's National Epic In Honor Of The Finnish Centennial.
Saturday, March 25, 2017 - The Nordic Heritage Museum's annual Kalevala Festival will add another day of celebration featuring seventeen storytellers from California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia telling the story of the Kalevala from noon to 6 pm. The Kalevala was compiled from ballads and lyric poems by Elias Lönnrot who was a physician, folklorist and philologist. Beginning in the 1833-1853, he collected these songs from the rural elders he served. Lönnrot joined a number of these fragments into one continuous epic, resulting in the Finn national epic. Lönnrot's book has now been published around the world and translated into 63 different languages and has been an immense influence on developing Finland's national consciousness, art, and culture. The Seattle Storytelling Guild is gathering storytellers who are volunteering their time, talent and travelling miles to share this beloved tale again. The museum will open at 10 am on Saturday so come early to see the exhibits and stay all afternoon to hear the adventures of Vainamoinen, the world's first man and oldest magician; Ilmarinen, the smith who created the vault of heaven; and Lemminkainen, whose name means eros and loves the ladies and a good challenge. Follow their adventures as they all seek wives among the daughters of the Mistress of the North, Louhi, who only wants in return the creation of the mysterious sampo. And then come back the next day as the Kalevala Festival continues to enjoy music, dancing, singing, food and libations as well as the Merimekko exhibit of the Finnish design house celebrated worldwide for its original prints and colors.
The Seattle Storytellers Guild is a nonprofit organization of storytellers and story enthusiasts who have actively promoted the art of storytelling for all ages for the past 35 years. The Guild sponsors a dozen major events each year, including annual events such as Haller Lake Storytelling, Story Swaps, Tellabration!, Holiday stories, Auntmama's Storycorner and participates in special events such as the PowellsWood Storytelling Festival and Folklife. For more information, see seattlestorytellers.org
For questions about the Kalevala storytelling event, contact Allison Cox at email@example.com or Sarah Olivo at firstname.lastname@example.org.