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Fairy and Folk Tales From Around The World!
Appropriate for children ages 6 and up. Fun for Adults as well.
SPECIAL COVID-19 SEASON!!!!
This season will go back to being online in September. You and your children may join us for live online All Andersen storytelling season Saturdays at 11 a.m.
Storytelling every Saturday at 11 a.m. WATCH ONLINE HERE:
facebook https://www.facebook.com/HCAStoryCenter.
facebookhttps://www.youtube.com/c/HCAStoryCenter
It will be possible to see the live sessions at the same links after the live sessions have occurred.

When:
Every Saturday in June, July, August & September 2021.
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
Cost: Free

Where: Online

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If you and the children in your life enjoy our free storytelling sessions in Central Park, please consider making a donation to ensure the continued survival of the program. Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center is a not for profit corporation with 501(c)(3) status. Donations of $25 or above will receive a formal receipt.

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2021 STORYTELLING SCHEDULE: space JUNE | JULY | AUGUST | SEPTEMBER

 

J U N E 2021

  Artistic Director: Laura Simms

Time: 11 AM - 12 PM

   
DATE   HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN STORIES and ANDERSEN-INSPIRED STORIES STORY TELLER LOCATION
Sat, 5 June, 2021   Nho Lobo and Shebin (Cape Verde)
The Tinder Box (HCA)

Len Cabral (Rhode Island),

Laura Simms (New York),
Regi Carpenter,
Songs by Tracey Collins
June Storytelling sessions are online and streamed live. They can be seen here:
  • facebook Facebook www.facebook.com/HCAStoryCenter

  • facebook YouTube www.youtube.com/c/HCAStoryCenter

  • If restrictions permit later in the season, we will instead perform live by the Hans Christian Andersen Statue in Central Park (72nd Street & Fifth Ave)
Sat, Jun 12   The Companion (HCA)
Tobias and the Angel (Jewish)
Angela Halvorsen (Norway),
Hugh Lupton (UK)
Sat, Jun 19   The Ugly Duckling (HCA)
The Riddle (Central Asia)
Clare Murphy (Ireland) ,
Dan Yashinsky (Canada)
Sat, Jun 26   The Bog King’s Daughter (HCA)
The Wild Swans (HCA) (with Illustrations)
Sally Pomme Clayton (UK),
Peter Stevenson (Wales)
       

J U L Y 2021

   

Time: 11 AM - 12 PM

   
DATE   HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN STORIES and ANDERSEN-INSPIRED STORIES STORY TELLER LOCATION
Sat, Jul 3   How Gluskonba Changed the Animals (Abenake)
The Emperor’s New Clothes (HCA)
Joseph Bruchac

Nancy Wang &
Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo (California)
July Storytelling sessions are online and streamed live. They can be seen here::
  • facebook Facebook www.facebook.com/HCAStoryCenter

  • facebook YouTube www.youtube.com/c/HCAStoryCenter

  • If restrictions permit later in the season, we will instead perform live by the Hans Christian Andersen Statue in Central Park (72nd Street & Fifth Ave)
Sat, Jul 10   Don’t Let the Tiger Get You (Korean)
Baba Yaga (Russian)
The Three Languages (HCA)

Angela Lloyd (California),

Katie Knutson (Minnesota),
Simon Brooks

Sat, Jul 17   The Old Man and the Birds (Literary)
The Nightingale (HCA)

Tim Ralphs (UK),

Diane Edgecomb (Massachusetts)

Sat, Jul 24   The Little Mermaid (HCA)
The Talisman & The Thistle (HCA), and Paper cutting with HCA
Katie Green (Florida),
Randel McGee (Utah)
Sat, Jul 31   The Little Tin Soldier (HCA)
The Red Shoes (HCA)

Muriel Bloch (France),
Heidi Dahlsveen (Norway) accompanied by
Salieu Suso, Kora

         

A U G U S T 2021

Time: 11 AM - 12 PM

DATE HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN STORIES and ANDERSEN-INSPIRED STORIES STORY TELLER LOCATION
Sat, Aug 7 The Tinder Box (HCA)
The Teapot (HCA)
Laura Simms
April Armstrong
AUGUST Storytelling sessions are online and streamed live. They can be seen here:
  • facebook Facebook www.facebook.com/HCAStoryCenter

  • If restrictions permit later in the season, we will instead perform live by the Hans Christian Andersen Statue in Central Park (72nd Street & Fifth Ave)
Sat, Aug 14 Lazy Jack (England)
The Nightingale (HCA)
Julie Pasqual
Heather Forest
Sat, Aug 21   The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep (HCA)
The Wild Swans (HCA)
Ed Stivender

Rita Aurbach
Sat, Aug 28   The Great Sea Serpent (HCA)
The Terrible Tempered Dragon (China)
Megan Hicks
Robin Bady

S E P T E M B E R 2021

Time: 11 AM - 12 PM

DATE HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN STORIES and ANDERSEN-INSPIRED STORIES STORY TELLER LOCATION
Sat, Sep 4 (Andersen’s favorite stories) frame story of Scheherazhade, Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, Aladdin’s Lamp
Laura Simms
Megan Wells
Simon Brooks

September Storytelling Sessions are online and streamed live. They can be seen here:
  • facebook Facebook www.facebook.com/HCAStoryCenter

Sat, Sep 11 Fatou (Senegal)
How the Parrot’s Wings got color (India)
The Lindworm (Grimm's Tale)
Joy Kelly
LuAnn Adams

Milbre Burch
Sat, Sep 18   The Eagle (Ghana, Africa) Linda Humes
Accompanied by drummer Sanga of the Valley
    General Cricket (Mexico) Valentina Ortiz
Sat, Sep 25
11 am - 1 pm
SPECIAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
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"HOW THE DUCK BECAME A SWAN"

• Celebrating 65 years of storytelling
• Celebrating New York’s Recovery

STORY TELLERS:
Ron Sopyla, Melissa Heckler, Judith Heineman, Bill Gordh, Karen de Mauro, Jay Leeming, Navida Stein, Heather Forest, Jean Hale, Julie Della Torre, Jackson Gillman, Ellen Shapiro.
       

Fairy Tales From Around The World

On Saturdays all summer long since 1956, New York children have gathered around Hans Christian Andersen's statue at the Conservatory Pond in Central Park to hear his tales told by a fine ensemble of storytellers. Celebrity performers such as Victor Borge, Eva la Gallienne, Fanny Hurst and Celeste Holm have also visited, telling their favorite stories.

Statue of Hans Christian AndersenThe idea for the statue originated with Baroness Alma Dahlerup, then president of the Danish-American Women's Association of New York, who had for years arranged for Andersen's stories to be read on the radio. Robert Moses, then New York City Parks Commissioner, secured the 'perfect' site and the City Department of Parks and Recreation and the Central Park Conservancy have given their active support ever since. A significant share of the funding for the statue came from donations made by school children both in Denmark and the United States. Danish-American sculptor George Lober created the larger-than-life bronze statue that was commissioned in 1954, in anticipation of marking the 150th anniversary of the author's birth. Hans Christian Andersens' well-rubbed knees are ample evidence of the fun children continue to have sitting on his lap.

Storytelling for a rapt audiencespaceThe statue has become a symbol of the good relations between the United States and Denmark. Following a tradition established by her father and mother, her Majesty, Queen Margrethe II visited the statue in 1976 during her American Bicentennial trip. Other members of the Danish royal family continue to visit. In 1964, the City of Copenhagen contributed two 19th century street lamps that now stand on each side of the statue. In 1985, New York City Parks Commissioner Henry Stern, wishing to reciprocate, sent two New York City street lamps to Copenhagen, which can be seen standing in Dantes Plads. More historic information to be found in "From The Archives."

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