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Beyond The Border International Storytelling Festival is the largest event of its type in the UK - welcoming over 2500 visitors from around the globe. Set in the magnificent grounds of a medieval cliff-top Castle the festival offers a unique, and seriously entertaining presentation of the rich and diverse oral traditions of the world.

The festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year –

ten years of international storytelling activity in Wales!

To celebrate this milestone we have invited back to the Festival many of those we have met along the way, including some of the finest traditional storytellers and musicians from our home in Wales, together with a selection of high profile international artists drawn from the programmes of the past ten years.

Highlights this year include:
RITU VERMA AND HER PANDVANI PARTY (India), Stunning Singers of the Epic Mahabharata from Madhya Pradesh whose performances electrified Festival audiences during the 1995 UK Year of Literature;

SEREF TASLIOVA (Turkey), Turkish ‘Ashik’ (Bard), whose epic singing and praise songs, improvised verbal duelling and Hodja stories were a hit in 1996;

HEDWIG ROST AND JÖRG BAESECKE (Germany) tell traditional stories using hands and fingers, sketches and silhouettes, paper, thread, gentle wit and the sound of a violin….

MICHAEL HARVEY (Wales) who with composer LYNNE DENMAN presents a new telling in words and music of the story of Culhwch and Olwen, specially commissioned for the Festival’s 10th Anniversary with funds from The Mousetrap Settlement and The Arts Council of Wales.

In addition to the many visitors of all ages who flock to the Vale of Glamorgan to enjoy the Festival weekend at St Donats Castle, many hundreds more are able to participate in the Festival thanks to an extensive programme of community outreach work taking storytellers into schools, hospitals and community centres in Cardiff, Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan. In 2003, this work has been supported by Barclays Bank, Sainsbury’s and Academi Cymraeg.

Beyond The Border 2003 is supported by ACW, The Vale of Glamorgan Council, Cardiff 2008, Barclays Bank, Sainsbury’s, Academi Cymraeg, WDA, Wales Tourist Board and The British Council Wales. The Festival is grateful to Atlantic College for the use of St Donats Castle and grounds.
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Debbie Burch
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