Hear the wind, hear the song.
It’s time for you, the raconteur, to tell the tale.

Join the Orfeo & Majnun Project and become a Raconteur (storyteller) /Workshop Animator

We’re looking for raconteurs (storytellers)/workshop animators from a variety of artistic genres (theatre, dance, music, video…) to enchant different communities with the stories of Orfeo & Majnun, a theatre of emotions about love, loss and longing.

Together, we will fuse the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice with the famous Arab love story of Layla and Majnun in a multi-faceted workshop process, retold and reworked by artists of different genres, with citizens from various generations and backgrounds.

In October 2018, this rich tapestry culminates in one of the largest Valletta 2018 projects. There will be an open-air parcours/procession featuring animals and mythical creatures, built by citizens, and presentations of the works created by the local communities during the workshops, as well as a music-theatre performance.

Workshop Information: Training of Trainers

In a Training of Trainers workshop, Airan Berg, the artistic director of the project, and Martina Winkel, co-director, will introduce the participants to the methodologies of co-creation to be used in the workshop process, in relation to the stories of Orfeo & Eurydice and Layla & Majnun.

Artists and creative practitioners, with particular attention to musicians, urban artists, choreographers and filmmakers are welcome to become members of the artistic pool of raconteurs /workshop animators and to work with citizens on the themes of love, loss, and longing. Creatives from different disciplines are also welcome to apply. Participants should be fluent in both Maltese and English, and should read the following synopsis found at this link.

The purpose of these sessions is to select and develop a pool of local raconteurs, working in different sectors/genres and experienced in working in participatory situations, who could take on the role of workshop leaders collaborating with the communities.

The workshop process with the citizens is set to begin in December 2017 and will continue, with varying intensities, until the final presentation in mid-October 2018. By the end of the workshop, the artists should be able to:

  • introduce the themes and stories of Orfeo & Majnun to the communities;
  • develop links between the communities and the project that enable communities to participate, across different genres, in a collaborative co-creation process, that leads to a final presentation of the communities’ contributions in mid-October 2018.

Join an international team of artists in a series of exchanges and be part of a sustainable, long term co-creation with groups of citizens.


Workshop Schedule: Rally the Raconteurs!

You’re welcome to join any one of the two sessions indicated below.

Attendance is free of charge.

The raconteurs who will be selected following the workshops will be remunerated for the workshops that they will lead with communities. The schedule of these workshops will be specified once the selection process has been finalised. Final participants will be selected at the discretion of the co-directors. Creatives will be linked to the communities at the discretion of the Foundation and depending upon the exigencies of the project.

Session 1

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

15:00 – 20:00

Session 2

Friday, January 19th, 2018

10:00 – 15:00

Location: Studio A, St James Cavalier, Valletta.


If you’re interested in participating, indicate your preferred session on this Google form by no later than Sunday 14th January 2018, noon.

In case of any queries, feel free to send an email to [email protected].


Orfeo & Majnun is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

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