Celebrate Art of Storytelling at Miami-Dade County Library

Storytellers from around the world will take center stage in downtown Miami on Saturday, May 1, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the Miami-Dade Public Library System hosts its 10th annual Art of Storytelling (AOS) International Festival, at the Main Library, 101 W Flagler St.

A magical adventure awaits the entire community during this free event where storytellers from Argentina, Canada, Ireland, Brazil and the U.S. will join the cast of the Bit’s ‘N’ Pieces Puppet Theatre; Mother Goose, Little Red Riding Hood, Madeline, Geddy the Gecko, and many others to share stories from a wealth of cultures and traditions.

The festival also will feature the Geeta Dias: Bollywood Indian Dancers, Momentum Dance Company, Ife-Ile Afro-Cuban dancers, Esquilo Prieto’s Capoeira Dancers, steel band music, a Bahamian Junkanoo parade, a Teen Zone with video gaming competition and Cosplay contests. There will be magic shows, face painting, arts and crafts, giveaways and much more.

The Art of Storytelling was created by the Miami-Dade Library System to highlight the important role that storytelling plays in education, culture and entertainment, and to encourage the use of this art form by educators, parents and caregivers to stimulate imagination and encourage learning.

Since 2000, the library seystem has partnered with more than 10 libraries in foreign countries to introduce world-class storytellers, authors, and cultural icons to members of the community.

Free parking for the festival is available at the Miami-Dade Cultural Center Garage, 50 NW Second Ave. and the Hickman Garage, 270 NW Second St.

For a full schedule of events visit online at < www.mdpls.org > or call 305-375- BOOK (2665).

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