Folk stories from Nigeria for children and grown-ups
told by Chiara Carminati and Gianluca Magnani
for Thesis/Dedicafestival


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Gods of heaven and earth, enchanted flutes and generous spirits, eagles, lions and tortoises: a journey among Nigerian myths, fairy tales and stories, in order to taste the elements of its mosaic of cultures… and discover the ingredients that make up the world’s stories share many similarities. Did you know that man was created with clay by god Obatala, drunk on palm wine? Have you ever wondered why the Sun and the Moon never set foot on the earth? Or which animal could take the lion’s place as king?
Scenes, scents and  characters of traditional Nigerian stories will be made alive by Chiara Carminati’s voice as narrator and by Gianluca Magnani’s musical atmospheres.


Chiara Carminati
writes and translates books for children and young boys, and runs workshops and seminars at libraries, schools and bookshops to promote reading. A specialist in didactics of poetry, she holds update courses for teachers and librarians, both in Italy and abroad.
She collaborates with illustrators and musicians in creative shows and workshops, based on the books she writes. Among the ones she most recently published: Le quattro stagioni, with Pia Valentinis, 2008 (The four seasons), Poesie per aria, 2009 (Poems in the air), Diario in corsa, 2009 (Diary in a hurry), Rime per le mani, with Simona Mulazzani and Giovanna Pezzetta, 2009 (Rhymes for the hands).

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Gianluca Magnani
is a musician, graduated at Istituto Tonelli in Carpi in classical guitar, who runs musical laboratories in day nurseries, kindergartens and primary schools. He combines didactics with an intensive activity in contemporary music concerts and also plays in rock groups. He created, with “I flexus” group, Mille papaveri rossi, La storia del rock (A thousand red poppies, Rock history) and, in collaboration with Alessia Canducci,  E per questo resisto (And this is why I hold on).

Sunday 18 March, 11:00

San Francesco Convent

Pordenone - Via della Motta, 13

Free admission