Tales From the Motherland

Date and time
Tuesday, 6 October 2020
19.30 - 21.30


Tales From the Motherland will take place online. A link to the virtual area will be sent to you by email prior to the event. 

An evening with award-winning, international Storyteller Peter Chand. During an hour-long performance, be transported by Peter's unique retelling of some of his favourite stories from India, the land of his parents. From enraged gods to lost lovers, desperate wives to jealous kings, these ancient stories resonate in the 21st century, as they are brought to life by the storyteller.

Peter has been collecting and translating stories from family and friends for many years and shares some of these beautiful tales with audiences around the world. The evening's performance will be followed by a Q&A session.

'Tales from the Motherland' is the third of four events organised by the School of Humanities & Journalism which explores working within a tradition-bearing community to perpetuate and preserve intangible cultural heritage. Suitable for adults and children 14 years and over. This event is free to attend but booking is essential.

“Peter Chand is a brilliant storyteller who knows how to give old traditional stories a new suit, in which they can live on for years to come. ” Kitty Peetoom, Co-programmer, Zwolle Unlimited Festival the Netherlands.

Outside view of Derby QUAD lit up at night


Peter Chand is an award-winning international Storyteller, constantly in demand for his unique retelling of tales from his motherland, India. He has shared his stories across Britain and has also performed in Norway, France, Croatia, Austria, Canada, and Singapore, amongst other countries. 

Peter grew up with Punjabi as his first language and still visits family in the Punjab to collect folk tales, which he translates and shares with keen listeners worldwide. As well as touring extensively, he also shares his storytelling skills by leading workshops with teachers, librarians, budding storytellers, and anyone trying to find their voice and gain confidence when performing in public. 

Whether it is performing in a tiny classroom or enthralling hundreds of adults in a theatre, he has a story for every occasion. Peter is also part of the organising team of Festival at the Edge; the oldest storytelling festival in England, which has a fine reputation for showcasing some of the best storytellers from around the world.

He is currently Storyteller in Residence at The Story Museum in Oxford and was recently recognised as one of the 100 Masters for his contribution to Storytelling and building community relations through the arts.

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