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3. The Kalevala: Where the Bear Sleeps

11 October 2019, 17:00 - 18:00

Nick Hennessey is widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading contemporary storytellers. In 2000 Nick entered the world championship of epic-singing in Espoo near Helsinki, performing The Kalevala (the Finnish national epic) to the Finns, in English. And he won! Today, he delivers us into the deep, snow-filled forests of the Finnish far north. In this world created from shards of egg-shell, the sun and moon are fought over, magic is done and undone, and life is shot through with bizarre ordeals, misguided passions, magical battles and transformations. Expect a remarkable performance of this elemental epic.

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Nick Hennessey

Nick Hennessey


Nick Hennessey is an internationally acclaimed storyteller, playwright, folk singer, song writer and musician. He has told stories for more than 20 years, performing at venues such as the Southbank Centre and the Royal Albert Hall. He is particularly drawn to North European cultural traditions and has been awarded high honours in Finland for his work on their National Epic, Kalevala. In 2000 he won the World Championship in epic-singing performing the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic in Espoo, near Helsinki. He regularly returns to pe... Read Full Biography

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