ROMANIA ROCKS: Children's Weekend - Library on Stage

24 - 25/10/2020 @ RCI London & online

How tired would you feel if you walked around the world for 6 years? Have you ever thought that clouds can make great pets? What would you put in your own museum? We ask the important questions and we let our young audience to see what's inside great stories. It will get messy and we might break a few things, so what? We won't let our guests Simona Antonescu, Florin Bican, Roger Bunyan, Anton & Damian Groves, Axel Scheffler, Marlene Stanciu, Maria & Ileana Surducan to sneak out before they tidy-up.

Saturday, 24 October 2020

11.00: Crafting Stories. Making your own museum / Online workshop with Marlene Stanciu (KraftMade)

What stories do the objects that we value tell, and how can we tell these stories in a meaningful way? Artist Marlene Stanciu will guide us in creating small personal museums by unveiling some fascinating objects that she and her partner, Alex Herberth, saved and brought back to life in their traditional house in the village of Cincu, Transylvania.

20 places for 8 to 14 years old children / Online, via Zoom / Please register here / Language: English

14:00: Stories to Remember. Creating Unique Characters /  Illustration workshop with Axel Scheffler based on a short story by writer and translator Florin Bican

Axel Scheffler has illustrated some of the world's mostloved children's books and has created the one and only Gruffalo. Working on a text by Florin Bican, who craftily rewrites classical Romanian folktales, Axel will show us the process behind creating an exceptional character. Florin Bican is well-known for his jolly translations of the famous children's books created by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, but also for his own brilliant, playful writing.

The recording of the workshop that takes place on 20 October @RCI will be made available on our YouTube and Facebook pages / Language: English

16:00: The incredible story of Dumitru Dan, the first man to walk around the world (family event @RCI)

- Introduction by Roger Bunyan, author of the book "Against All Odds. The Stories of 25 Remarkable Adventurers" (Hayloft Publishing)

- Screening of the multi-awarded short animation OPINCI/MY FATHERS SHOES (2019), followed by a Q&A session with directors Anton & Damian Groves and illustrators Maria & Ileana Surducan

Roger Bunyan (writer and former primary school teacher) will introduce us to the phenomenal character that was Dumitru Dan. In 1910, he and three other friends, all dressed in traditional costumes, left Bucharest with the quest of walking around the world. After six years full of adventures, Dumitru was the only one to return safely home and to complete the extraordinarily challenge launched by the Touring Club de France.

His remarkable global journey, a story of grit and resilience, inspired directors Anton and Damian Groves in creating the short animation "Opinci/My father's shoes", currently making waves at festivals. Some awards to be mentioned: Best Romanian Short Film @TIFF, Best Romanian Animation @Animest, Best Film @TIAF, Winner Young Audience Award @Clermond-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.

25 places for families / RCI London, 1 Belgrave Square / Please register here / Language: English 

Sunday, 25 October 2020

11.00: Drawing Stories. "Vacanța lui Nor / Nor's Holiday" (miniGRAFIC) / Online storytelling workshop with Maria & Ileana Surducan

Talented sisters Maria and Ileana Surducan are passionate about illustrated storytelling, and they created, together and individually, an impressive number of comics and graphic novels (published in Romanian, French and English). Their multi-disciplinary work often refers to traditional Romanian folktales, but in a modern and lively way.

Maria and Ileana will read from "Vacanța lui Nor" (2018), the delightful story of a boy spending the summer holiday in a remote village with his grandparents, going through some fantastical adventures. They will also answer our questions and challenge us to imagine and draw new exciting stories.

20 places for 6 to 10 years old children / Online, via Zoom / Please register here / Language: English

14.00: Meet the author / Online storytelling with Simona Antonescu, presenting her series History for Kids (Nemi)

Acclaimed writer Simona Antonescu is passionate about transforming history into literature, for adults and children alike. She'll introduce us to Ilinca and Calin, the lucky twins that magically travel to forgotten places and meet remarkable characters from the Romanian history. Through their eyes, we will (re)discover Decebal, Menumorut or Queen Maria and King Mihai, and we will choose our favourite history hero.

30 places for 7 to 14 years old children / Online, via Zoom / Please register here / Language: Romanian

16:00: The incredible story of Dumitru Dan, the first man to walk around the world (online event)

- Introduction by Roger Bunyan, author of the book "Against All Odds. The Stories of 25 Remarkable Adventurers" (Hayloft Publishing)

- Screening/streaming of the multi-awarded short animation OPINCI/MY FATHERS SHOES (2019), followed by a Q&A session with directors Anton & Damian Groves and illustrators Maria & Ileana Surducan

Online / Please register here in order to receive the link / Language: English 

The Children's Weekend: "Library on Stage, Connecting through stories" is part of Romania Rocks Romanian-British Literature festival.

When: 24 - 25 October
Where: RCI London & online
All events are free.

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