Spoken word & Live literature
Workshops & Activities

Tiny Owl Tales by Rumi

Part of Imagine Children's Festival

Step back in time to hear epic Persian tales with Tiny Owl’s wonderful storyteller Alia Al Zougbi.

Long ago in Persia, storytellers (pardekhans) would travel the empire with illustrations painted onto a large canvas (named parde). As they travelled from town to town, they would stand before the crowd, display their canvas and narrate their story.

Now you can step back hundreds of years and experience the ancient Iranian art of pardekhani.

Alia tells tales of The Parrot and the Merchant and The Jackal Who Thought He Was a Peacock by the legendary Persian poet Rumi.

Follow Mah Jahan, a merchant woman who collects and cages beautiful birds, as she discovers the true value of love and set free your own beautiful parrot creations in Southbank Centre. Or fluff up your feather tails and become prancing peacocks in our creative art workshop!

Dates & times

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Royal Festival Hall
Foyle Pavilion, Level 3, Blue Side


£6 Child (includes one accompanying adult)
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
£6 Child (includes one accompanying adult)

need to know

Age recommendation
For ages 4 – 7

A ticket admits one child to participate in the workshop and one accompanying adult. Each child must be accompanied by an adult at all times.