Hounslow basked in stories with the first ever south Asian Storytelling Festival featuring traditional forms of Sutradharaa, Rajastahani and Bhavai to contemporary approaches such as rap, MC as well as the many diverse ways of telling stories e.g – Kathak.

The Festival brought UK’s foremost storytellers – Peter Chand, Roop Singh, Vayu Naidu Co, Rez Kabir and Seema Anand to Hounslow, while it showcased local talent of Shaida Mehrban, Beant Sachar and Brij Haldani.

We made an impact within a community whose culture is steeped in the tradition of oral story-telling with its various manifestations and diversity, and for the community to re-discover this rich tradition within a context of contemporary culture  — not just to archive but to make storytelling a living cultural tradition!  And not just to celebrate, but also to share…

Storyland ..… is a collective of storytellers who work in oral traditions and spoken word. Working over three decades, the organisation has championed and preserved the rich south Asian traditions of storytelling, as well as collect fresh stories from the emerging cultural landscape of new communities.  Based in Hounslow, but covering the West London region, StoryLand organises events..(more)..



Curated by Hardial S. Rai.

StoryTellers: Peter Chand, Roop Singh, Vayu Naidu Co, Rez Kabir, Seema Anand, Shaida Mehrban, Beant Sachar and Brij Haldani.


Co-ordinated by Satish Dutt

Produced by Hardial S. Rai for StoryLand in partnership with Cranford Community College,  The Artta with funding support from Arts Council of England & zeroculture.