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September 29, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Belle Haven Branch Library
413 Ivy Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Storyteller Olga Loya
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Olga Loya: Singing and Dancing Through Stories

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Our 4th Annual Storytelling Festival continues, with a fun family performance by renowned storyteller Olga Loya!

The culture of Latin America is passed on through personal stories about family and life, stories about community, stories about taking responsibility, stories about building character. Celebrate through dancing and singing as you hear folk tales, personal stories and myths.

About Olga Loya
Latina storyteller, performance artist, writer and teacher Olga Loya uses a dramatic mix of Spanish and English to share traditional tales from Latin America as well as stories from her own varied and colorful life growing up in East Los Angeles. Known nationally and described as an "alchemist" who can conjure up images and fill them with life, her shows are bursting with color and passion. Stories inspired by legend and current headlines, reality and dreams, ancient myths and personal experience, healing stories and tales of extraordinary women are shared with imagination and exuberance as Loya uses her voice, body, and sometimes music and dance to draw her audience into the imaginative and surprising worlds of the tales she tells.

She has been a featured teller at many festivals including the Guadalajara, Mexico Festival and the Jonesborough National Storytelling Festival. Loya has performed and taught workshops at colleges, schools, libraries, conferences, festivals, museums, bookstores, and corporations.

About the Menlo Park Storytelling Festival
From September 7-October 2, enjoy the wonderful art of traditional oral storytelling, with a variety of visiting artists.
  • September 7: StoryFest
  • September 8: Alicia Retes
  • September 11: Tom and Sandy Farley
  • September 18: Seung Ah Kim
  • September 19: John Weaver
  • September 25: Bobby Norfolk
  • September 29: Olga Loya
  • September 30: Film Screening: Belonging in the USA: The Story of Michael D. McCarty
  • October 2: Michael Katz

About Storytelling

Storytelling is telling stories--without using a book. It's an ancient art form that predates libraries, and books, and writing.  According to the National Storytelling Network, "storytelling is the interactive art of using words and actions to reveal the elements and images of a story while encouraging the listener’s imagination. In storytelling, the listener imagines the story."

This free event received funding support from the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.