Storytelling evenings in Barcelona
Once upon a time….there was a small bookshop in Barcelona where about thirty people gathered every Wednesday to tell and listen to stories, and let their imagination run wild.
If you would like to take a break from your weekly routine and find something different to do in the evening in Barcelona, then it might interest you to know that we are referring to the storytelling evenings in the Casa de los Cuentos (the House of Storytales). This cosy bookstore is run by Numancia Rojas, a Chilean and professional narrator that settled in Barcelona, who believes that “stories can change our world”.
Practically everything is improvised during these night time gatherings. The theme is randomly chosen from suggestions by the public, normally people who attend for the first time. The stories then begin in line and are linked to the chosen theme.
Everyone who attends can take part by telling a story that they know or by making one up.
Over the four years that the event has been held, “storytellers” from all over the world have participated: Switzerland, Uruguay, Holland, Argentina, Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, Ireland and France, etc. Many people that have visited the shop are passing through Barcelona, so some of the stories are told in English, others in Spanish and Catalan, or whatever language the narrator speaks.
In the Casa de los Cuentos, there are also workshops on offer where you can learn how to tell stories and do puppet shows. They even organise snacks and birthday parties in a room with a garden at the back of the shop.
This Friday the 9th of September, you will be able to enjoy a special session. At 9pm, Numancia Rojas will be presenting “Pleasures of Aphrodite”, a series of tales dedicated to the Goddess of love and eroticism that will be accompanied by cava, an aphrodisiac aperitif and chocolate. The price to get in is 9 euro and there are a limited number of places.
Let yourself be carried away by the magical world of storytales!
Where: 35, Calle Ramón y Cajal (Gràcia)
When: Every Wednesday. April to September from 10pm and October to March from 9:30pm.