Bringing children and elderly people in need to Porto Storytellers.
Cities are made of stories and history. They are woven by the life of the concrete and simple people who inhabit it. A vast intangible heritage that must be made accessible.
Here’s the dream that moved us to create the Porto Storytellers. To use the context of a beautiful, rich and dense city to create a new narrative. The telling of the people, their stories, their dilemmas, etc. To open another window to look at the city in a playful, humorous and creative way.
Based on texts by Manuel Couto (history researcher) and with Rui Spranger's staging (well-known actor of the city) we challenged professional actors to "incarnate" four typical characters of our history who represent four different way of living of our city: a nun, a liberal soldier, a merchant and a fisherman. All representing fundamental pillars of construction and understanding of the city.
From the first moment we tried to think of this project as alive and dynamic. For this reason the project has evolved: gained other forms; although thought for tourists, we saw more interest and demand on the part of portuguese, especially of schools - valuing its playful and didactic character.
Until we were challenged to make Porto Storytellers inclusive. Some NGO’s questioned us how they could integrate their beneficiaries into this activity. In reality, NGO’s can with great effort and merit supply the basic needs of those they welcome. But what about the rest? Should not these children, adults and elderly also have access to what others have?
The crowdfunding campaign "Porto Storytellers For Everyone" is our answer to this question. A little contribution from EVERYONE so that Porto Storytellers can be for EVERYONE, in other words, multiple donations from people or institutions to make memorable one morning of these children, adults and elderly.
We are aware that the goal we set ourselves is ambitious. It involves taking 600 participants to this activity, bearing the cost of transportation, the cost of the actors, a small snack and a booklet of the activity per participant. However, we believe that the dimension of the problem must compel us ALL to this ambition, since it is a reality that challenges us ALL.
Nevertheless, if we do not reach 600, we will be happy because 200, 100, or even 20 will do the activity. There are purposes that transcend metrics, and for us, this is one of them. So we are very grateful if you will grant us your contribution, regardless of whether we have reached the goal we set ourselves. If we can only gather 260 euros, there will be 20 children who will have a very different and memorable morning. In reality, for those children the Porto Storytellers For All campaign was fulfilled.
We count on your contribution so that Porto Storytellers become for everyone.