Once Upon an Island Story Centre

May 6, 2008

Once Upon An Island Waiheke Festival of Story 30 May – 2 June 2008

Filed under: Festival — tanyabatt @ 6:09 am

One, two, three, four, five.. story island comes alive over the Queen’s birthday weekend – 30th May – 2nd June 2008 with the 5th Once Upon An Island Waiheke Festival of Story. We have tellers traveling from near and far with their sacks of stories. Cathy Spagnoli joins us from the States, Festival favourites Peter and Mary Kippenberger will be arriving from Hawkes Bay and they’ll be joined by a host of on island talent – Emmet Michael Kennedy, Steve Hollins, Tanya Batt and from the ‘Orc – land’ comes musician Craig Denham.

With exhibitions, markets, concerts, quests, puppets, workshops, film and adventures into the subterranean worlds you’ll not be short of a story. Come listen to a story, dance a story, sing a story, explore a story – just make sure you’re part of this story.

Friday 30th May

6pm Opening of the Fairytale Village

Waiheke Community Art Gallery


This year the festival celebrates its Italian connections and the invitation for Waiheke to join a network of Fairytale Towns, with the creation of an art installation of the ‘Fairytale Village’. Local artists from the Red Shed Collective will be contributing pieces on a fairytale theme to this project and the event celebrated as a ‘Masquerade Ball’ with a dance performance by Other World Productions. Dress up and come celebrate the opening of the 5th Once Upon An Island Festival of Story.

7 – 8pm Night Market – Artworks Courtyard

An interactive market whose currency is the fairytale. Bring your purse of golden coins to shop at Jack’s Magic Seed Shop, have your fortune told or nibble from the Witches Gingerbread bakery!

8 – 9pm Family Concert – Artworks Theatre

Come and meet this year’s fabulous line up of storytellers, musicians and performers with a rousing opening by the Tamashii Taiko Japanese drum group.

Featuring: Cathy Spagnoli (USA), Peter Charlton Jones and Mary Kippenberger (NZ), Emmet Michael Kennedy (Ireland), Tanya Batt (NZ) and Craig Denham (NZ).

9pm Lantern procession

“This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine…” ! Oneroa will light up with a procession of lanterns made by the primary school aged children of the island.

Saturday 31st May

10am The Great Story Olympics

Ostend Markets with Synergy Gym

$2 per race

Ready for a story workout? Chase Dianna for her golden apple, form a team to run the ugly sisters drag relay, fend off the troll and complete the twelve tasks of Hercules. A highly interactive and sweaty storytelling session.

12 – 1.30pm Puppets and Pizza – Stefano’s Pizzeria

Adults $20 Children $15 (includes lunch)

Continuing our celebration of the ‘Italian connection’ join us for a set lunch at Stefano’s for the most animated meal of the month with Zero the puppeteer and ‘Stone Soup’.

Special Menu included in ticket price

Children: A drink and ½ a pizza (margarita)

Adults: Soft drink or house red/white wine and a choice of 3 pizzas – Tonno, Vegetarian or Ham

2pm 3pm & 4pm The Story Quest

Fossil Bay Farm

Cost $15 per family

A special interactive storytelling session for children aged 3 – 7 years and their caregivers. A chance to ‘be the story’. Come and meet the challenge.

7pm Out Foxed -Bedtime Stories for Grown Ups

Goldwater Estate

$75 (includes three course meal)

Join Tanya Batt and musician Craig Denham for an evening of vixen vice. Inspired by the Japanese Kitsune, Tanya will lead you down the dark tunnel of story. An evening of top class food, wine and entertainment, held on one of NZ’s most prestigious vineyards.

Sunday 1st March

10 – 4pm Artworks with Story

Artworks Complex

A day of integrated arts and story held through out the Artworks complex. Workshops, visiting authors, a ‘Fairytale Film Festival’, performances and the very popular ‘Story Quiz’. The Waiheke High School’s Story Film Project will premiere at this event.

Artworks with Story Workshops

Animation Workshop 10am – 12noon


$10 Ages 10+

Create your own characters and story and make them come to life as Matty Wilson from Animators Ink guides you through the process of creating your own animation.

‘Josefa and the Vu’ – Ancestors Workshop 10am – 12noon

Story Centre

$10 Ages 8+

New Zealand author Tulia Thompson will be visiting the island to share her wonderful novel and lead participants through a workshop where they imagine their own mythological ancestors.

Sounds like a Story 10am – 12noon

Whittakers Music Museum

$10 Ages 6+

Musicians Craig Denham and Pete Charlton Jones will be joined by the effervescent Mary Kippenberger for musical mayhem and mirth. Find the music to your story.

Beginners Storytelling 10am – 12noon

Waiheke Community Library

$20 Adult workshop

Join world class American storyteller Cathy Spagnoli for an introductory storytelling workshop for adults. Participants will explore the use of voice, gesture, language and props in storytelling for any age, and explore the range of storytelling materials, from family stories to original tales. Tips on shaping and telling are then shared in this active workshop.

Recycle-rella 10am – 12noon

Waster Resource Centre

$10 Ages 6+

Come exercise your imagination and creative talents by designing some fancy foot wear using recycled materials and 2nd hand shoes with the Junk to Funk Team. You shall have a ball!

Croatian Tales of Long Ago 10am & 11am

Waiheke Community Cinema

This mini animation film festival runs through out the Festival weekend, featuring the stories of Croatia’s own Hans Christian Anderson, Ivana Brlic Mazuranic, animated by a team of international animators. Featured in over 25 film festivals around the world, these animated tales uniquely marry the ancient world of storytelling to that of digital media.

General Programme

12 noon Box of Foxes Storytelling CD Launch (Theatre)

Prick up your ears and celebrate the launch of Tanya Batt and Craig Denham’s latest storytelling album.

1pm Spicy stories from India (Adjaz)

2pm Once Upon OUR Island

Waiheke High School Digital Media Premiere (Theatre)

3pm Storytelling Quiz (Library)

Register your team of four and be into win story prizes.


Sallie-Ann Stone and her students ‘Dance Upon a Time’

Story Centre

Readings and performances given through out the afternoon by guest storytellers/authors.

The Great Sleep Over 6pm

Piritahi Marae


All are invited to snuggle down for an evening of storytelling and music on the Piritahi Marae. Nutritious supper and breakfast catered by Bevan Khan and storytelling by top New Zealand and overseas tellers. This event is generously supported by “It Takes An Island To Care – Te Rito Strategy” – Piritahi Hau Ora.

Monday 2nd June

A Mid Winter Christmas

Stony Batter Tunnels

12noon 1pm 2pm & 3pm

By far the most popular event on the storytelling calendar. Come and join us in the subterranean world of stories for a mid winter Italian Christmas with ‘La Befana’, the Christmas Witch and Pinocchio.


Waiheke Cinema

This mini animation film festival runs through out the Festival weekend, featuring the stories of Croatia’s own Hans Christian Anderson, Ivana Brlic Mazuranic, animated by a team of international animators. Featured in over 25 film festivals around the world, these animated tales uniquely marry the ancient world of storytelling to that of digital media.


Friday 30th May 7.00pm (25minutes) $2

Saturday 31st May 10.30am (90 minutes) $5

Sunday 1st June 10am (40 minutes) & 11am (50 minutes) $2

Monday 2nd June 10.30am (90minutes) $5


Support this years Festival by purchasing some of our fabulous festival merchandise. We have T- Shirts, art cards and badges featuring the fabulous artwork of NZ illustrator Helen Bacon.

‘Tell me a Story’ Sweat Shop Free Childrens T-Shirts $20

Colours red, green and orange

‘Tell me a Story’ Sweat Shop Free Adult T-Shirts $30

Colours black, white and aqua

Pack of Eight Greeting Cards Artwork by Helen Bacon $20

Island of Story Festival Badges $3


$2 each or three for $5

Buy your tickets to win

1st Prize

Original Artwork by Helen Bacon and limited edition Festival T-Shirt

2nd Prize

Bumper pack of books and CDs by Festival Performers

3rd Prize

Stribor’s Forrest Flash Animation Pack


or from the Story Centre

Email: storycentre@gmail.com

Events will sell out so be in quick

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