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The Kamishibai

Right from the start, GreenBees have been using the Kamishibaï to promote cultural diversity.

This form of storytelling originated in Japan, where it was used historically as a means to perform theatre in the streets. It is presented in the form of a wooden stage (television format), in which is inserted a set of illustrated cards. The stage (or butaï) gives a frame and focuses the attention of the listeners on the illustration. The story is written at the back of the cards, to ensure a fluent narration. The Kamishibaï texts are usually simple, clear and direct.
Kamishibaï is a very rich educational tool to develop reading, writing, oral and artistic expression skills, at all levels, from nursery school to college.
A group of students testing their own Kamishibai story.
Teacher reading a story created with her 1st grade students.
A group telling their own Kamishibaï story.
A «Kamishibaï street festival» organised by a school.
A traditional tale is adapted and illustrated to turn it into a Kamishibaï.
Workshop for teachers, which includes, among other things, the building up of a cardboard stage.

GreenBees association offers a selection of stories coming from oral traditions from various countries, as well as several own creations.