Cuentos Los Silos are tales of a municipality that are very much alive.
Like that legend of the Fuente de las 7 Brujas by Monte del Agua the mountain behind the town. The priest who was part of the ordeal of the witches when they were burned at stakes gave some indications where to find this fountain which promises eternal happiness. Indeed, Calle Susana gets you onto the road to explore the tale.
This street is opposite the giant Ogro with his enormous open mouth.
This sculpture almost faces the bus stop of the Titsa vehicles 107 and 363 that go to Buenavista del Norte. The monster represents one spot of 40 events of Cuentos Los Silos between December 05 and 09 of 2017.
Walk ahead and encounter Restaurante La Ferreteria. It's only a stone throw from the Ogro on your right behind church Iglesia de la Luz. A couple of big families were gathered on its street terrace when i discovered it. More singles were eating inside.
You would think that this central town square is sufficient for the children story celebrations of a town of a mere 5000 inhabitants.
It's not but, the interior Patio of the Ex-Convent beside is better suited for big presentations. I has space for a big podium as well as for a large party. Its traditional, architectural style isn't only a fitting surrounding for orchestras, a few musicians or theater shows.
International Spanish speaking participants are welcome from anywhere,
while registration is always required in the festival's Facebook page.
Even a Brazilian with a new children book presentation was to come in 2017.
By the way also in 2017, 250 candidates took part in a story writing competition. It was also lounged via the said social network.
Otherwise, just look around town. You shall discover countless benefits of the children story festival for all ages. Not to forget is that all contributors had been engaged in exhilarating preparations during more than weeks.
Many water story illustrations decorated house facades and small nooks in town. Water was the motto of the festival in that year.
These paintings of 2017 were like individual posters of street art done by kids that were more than excited to play their part. Even entire stories were pegged up on the walls of one house in the old quarters. So mind, it will pay you to learn Spanish. It certainly ads to the fun.
By the way, the beautiful town library on the first floor of the former Monastery the Convent of San Sebastian has the posters of all 21 previous festivals displayed on its walls. One commemorates Charles Dickens who was a leading example for top children literature. Indeed, the festivals' scope has no limits.
Telling stories is an ancient tradition in Los Realejos where I live. Also, Juan Carlos Totse entertains kids from my neighborhood every year. He last did it during the day of the Longuera Fashion show by telling the fairy tales from his booklets Cuentacuentos which are for coloring in.
This dynamic and charming gentleman is also the brain behind the museum Museo de los Cuentos of Realejo Bajo.
Mind that there are also children literature events in Santa Cruz the capital of Tenerife, in La Laguna as well as in El Sauzal. They are on a smaller scale but resemble very much those of Los Silos.