Storytellers + musicians

friday 2/8 • 19.30 | Gamla Bion
storytelling performance The Sacred Masculine
with Jeroen de Jong, Gunilla Cullemark, Jan Roelofs and Frans Koenigs
Song Christina Falk, Piano Anna Brodin


Jeroen de Jong [The Netherlands]

Gunilla Cullemark [Sweden]

Jan Roelofs [The Netherlands]

Writing has been Jan’s main activity all his life (as journalist, copywriter, author) but the spoken word has gripped his attention since he came in contact with storytelling. The Örsundsbro storytelling festival of 2016 was for him a relevation and he is more than happy to join again this year.
With a spiritual background in The Pathwork, Jan continually tries to remember himself and others that all Paths eventually lead to Reunion. He looks forward to bring this truth on stage, on the Saturday evening of august 5th, in the old cinema of Örsundsbro.

Frans Koenigs [The Netherlands/Sweden]


Christina Falk [ Sweden]

Christina Falk trained as an Opera singer and pianist at The Nordic Music Conservatory in Stockholm, The Royal College of Music and Drama in Gothenburg and at L’Accademia Chigiana in Siena.
She is a versatile performer with a repertoire ranging from operas, chamber music to renaissance and contemporary music.

Christina has appeared in the following roles but to name a few, Turandot (Swedish Folksopera, Panstwowa Opera Gdansk, Israel Music Festival), Carmen (Riksteatern), the Countess in the Marriage of Figaro, Titania in a Midsummer Night’s Dream (Norrlandsoperan), Helena (Paris, Drottningholm Palace Theatre).
As a concert performer, she has worked with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Nordic Chamber Orchestra and has collaborated with conductors and musicians such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Arnold Östman, Jacob Lindberg and Roland Pöntinen.

Christina co-founded the chamber music ensemble EMBLA, which brings female composers to the forefront. She is also the Chairman of Evterpe, an organisation for women in music and has published a book with compositions from female composers. Additionally, Christina has worked as a singing and piano teacher for over two decades, working with students of all ages; she is passionate about helping people understand and learn the power of expressing themselves through music.

Christina has a great interest in spiritual development and healing and has so far completed two steps of three of the Divine Oneness course, which educates in spiritual growth and healing.

Anna Brolin [Sweden]

Anna Brolin lives in Hagby, about 10 km from Örsundsbro. Now she is a pensioner but a longer time she has been working as a cantor in Balingsta Parish.


saturday 3/8 • 19.30 | Gamla Bion
storytelling performance The Sacred Masculine
with Mia Verbeelen and Mats Rehnman

Mia Verbeelen [Belgien]

Mia Verbeelen was working as a theatre director in the Netherlands when storytelling came on her way in 1992. During 13 years she was one of the 8 members of a storytelling company in Tiel, a company that played a significant role in the revival of storytelling in the Netherlands.  

In the beginning of 2000 she started to work as independant storyteller.

She developed her storytelling talent and her repertoire, but also used her organising skills for the development of the art of storytelling: she was envolved with 9 storytelling festivals in the Netherlands (4 in Utrecht and 5 in Amsterdam) and was board member of  the Foundation of Storytelling in the Netherlands.  

Since 2007 Mia Verbeelen is member of the staff and workshop leader at the Vertelacademie in Utrecht. She gives basic storytelling courses and workshops in Alden-Biesen (B), Utrecht and Zwolle.

In 2006 she returned to her hometown Antwerp in Belgium, after 30 years living in Holland

There she has a part-time job as a storyteller for children in a beautiful fairytale-house in the middle of a parc, near the centre of Antwerp.

In 2015 she was Storytelling Ambassador for Netherlands and Flanders (Belgium).  

Mats Rehnman [Sweden]

Mats Rehnman is an internationally known storyteller who has performed in thirty countries, spread over four continents.

His repertoir streches from The Passion to Frankenstein, and from the queer stories in Metamorf to the glowing love stories in Strange Lovers. Mats has written collections of stories and books about storytelling. He trains professional stage artists and coaches new talents. He is a nestor in the renassance of storytelling and is the architect behind the swedish Berättarnätet Sverige and the european storytelling network FEST.

Mats is passionate about the development of storytelling and is constantly busy defining and developing the art when he performs. Still, the highlight for Mats is to sit in his garden, turn the “Storywheel” and tell stories to his grandchildren.

Festival Program

Friday 2/8
10.00 – !7.00 WORKSHOP with Gary Kendall | Tingshuset
17.30 – 18.30 Time for DINNER | Örsundsbro Restaurang or Rice Garden
19.30 – 21.30 STORYTELLING EVENING | Gamla Bion
with Jeroen de Jong | Gunilla Cullemark | Jan Roelofs | Frans Koenigs
Song: Christina Falk | Piano: Anna Brolin

Saturday 3/8
09.00 – 09.30 Warming up with Åsa Stentjärn | Tingshuset
10.00 – 17.00 WORKSHOP with Mia Verbeelen en Jeroen de Jong | Tingshuset
17.30 – 18.30 Time for DINNER | Örsundsbro Restaurang or Rice Garden
19.30 – 21.30 STORYTELLING EVENING | Gamla Bion
with Mia Verbeelen | Mats Rehnman

Sunday 4/8
09.00 – 09.30 5 Rhythms dance with Åsa Stentjärn | Tingshuset
10.00 – 17.00 WORKSHOP with Mats Rehnman | Tingshuset
17.30 – 18.30 DINNER | hos Nina och Frans
19.00 – 21.00 STORYTELLING EVENING with particpants | Gamla Bion

Map + locations

Örsundsbro aktuel karta

Örsundsbro is situated between Uppsala and Enköping and has a good bus connection with both cities [bus 804] and with Bålsta [bus 895]. Klick here for time schedules. Both Arlanda [Swedens main airport] and Stockholm are at an hour distance by car, and ± 1,5 hour by public transport. If you would visit the festival from abroad we could probably pick you up from the airport.

Örsundsbro ligger mitt i mellan Uppsala och Enköping vid 55:an, och har bra bussförbindelser med Uppsala och Enköping [buss 804] och med Bålsta [buss 895]. Klicka här för att hitta busstider.


Gamla Bion [the old cinema] in Örsundsbro | a living museum | ett levande museum

This is the place where the storytelling performances will take place.

In 1925 you could read the following in the local newspaper: “Örsundsbro has got a new meetingplace with a very nice interior and comfortable sitting places”. They wrote about Edvard Johanssons newly build cinema. Besides showing films and peresentations by the local theater amateurs, could travelling revues and circus groups perform there.

The building continued to have the same function till the year 1961, when it fell in disarray. In 1986 the Old Cinema Society was founded, and the cinema came back to life. In 1992 The Old Cinema once again could be inaugurated and in 1955, after many hours of hard work by the society members, even the renovation of the carpenters workshop, an annex to the cinema, was finished. Over the last years the cinema and the carpenter workshop not only had a function as museum. The Old Cinema regained it’s former function as a meeting place which means that films are shown, exhibitions are held and performances, like concerts and storytelling evenings take place.

1925 kunde man läsa följande i Enköpingsposten: ”Örsundsbro har fått en ny samlingslokal som är mycket trevligt inredd och försedd med bekväma sittplatser”. Det handlade om snickaren Edvard Johanssons nybyggda biograf. Förutom filmvisningar och uppträdanden av Örsundsbro Teateramatörer kunde kringresande revyer och cirkusgrupper ge föreställningar.
Verksamheten fortsatte i huset till 1961, men därefter fick huset förfalla. 1986 bildades dock Föreningen Gamla Bion, och biohuset började rustas upp. 1992 kunde bion återinvigas och 1995 stod även det tillhörande snickeriet färdigrenoverat efter många timmars arbete av flera föreningsmedlemmar. De senaste åren har bion och snickeriet visats som museum. Filmvisningar, konserter och utställningar har getts varje år.


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