Tropical Tales collaboration

Tropical Tales is a cross arts project that I developed together with Bisakha Sarker, the idea is to collect of stories from LSTM (liverpool School Tropical Med) and work with a creative team of established artists (painters, poets, musicians, dance and spoken word performers) to produce resource materials; some of this material will be used by local school children and selected material will be published as story cards and innovative digital media, this will initially be available via the Well Travelled Clinic and local NHS waiting rooms.

The project is funded mainly by Liverpool City Council and NHS Primary Care Trust to support the Liverpool’s 2010 Year of Health and Wellbeing.

Chaturangan headed by Bisakha Sarker will use this wealth of stories to create artistic materials. This project offers the opportunity for the LSTM community to become involved in a locally based artistic project that will encourage the sharing of experience from around the world, through music, dance, storytelling, poetry.

The project started with an evening of storytelling on the theme of health and wellbeing and tropical connections. There were break out groups each led by an artist or a scientist where people exchanged their stories. Each group leader will use their artistic or scientific perception to choose stories which will have an appeal to the wider population and will represent diverse tastes.

LSTM staff and students will work with local artists, and children from Matthew Arnold School and teacher Ali Harwood to share their experiences and re-tell stories which, through the story cards and talking pen, will be shared with people from different communities across the city in Neighbourhood Health Centres, waiting rooms, and the Well travelled Clinic. We also envisage that the final resource would be used as an educational tool in creative and wellbeing sessions in a range of education and health services.

In developing the final story cards, the artistic team will work collaboratively in consultation with LSTM and publishers Mantra Lingua to record the work produced and develop the story cards.

Bisakha has brought together a really great set of artists including:

Debjani Chatterjee
Jagjit Chuhan
Chris Davies
Dave Ward
Eimear Kavanagh

We have collected the stories and some of the art work is finished. Last week we recorded the narratives for a sand fly -leishmania story in english, spanish and mandarin chinese and arabic.

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