Sahand Sahebdivani & Raphael Rodan

Sahand Sahebdivani & Raphael Rodan

Sahand Sahebdivani
Sahand was born in Iran and raised in the Netherlands where he studied storytelling, screenplay writing and music. Since 2004 he operates the Mezrab Cultural Centre, a renowned centre for storytelling and other arts. He’s worked both in Dutch and Persian language media as a writer and programme maker on a variety of cultural, social and political issues. When he’s not in Amsterdam he’s touring the world with his band, his story shows and/or his storytelling workshops.

Sahand Sahebdivani was born in Tehran in 1980 to a family of impoverished nobility, generals, opium smuggles and mystics. He escaped the Ayatollahs at the age of three when his family fled to Amsterdam. Like all good Iranian parents his own wanted him to become a doctor. He surprised his parents and probably saved the lives of future patients by becoming a storyteller instead. For the past decade he runs the most popular storytelling center of the Netherlands, hosting nights in Dutch and English. The Dutch storytelling society nominated him national storyteller of the year in 2012 and 2013. Since 2012 he\'s started taking his energetic style of storytelling to international stages, performing in the UK, Germany, Hungary and Turkey. Sahand runs a centre for storytelling and other arts in Amsterdam.

Raphael Rodan
Raphael Rodan Grew up in the ancient land of the Galilee, Israel and was trained as a professional actor in different drama schools in Israel and London and as a storyteller in the International School of Storytelling. In Israel he used to work as a theatre director for Arab and Jewish young actors, using theatre as a bridge of communication. His artistic quest leads into the shadow of our inner self. His performances bring awareness to our inner beast, the one that rises from our depths in cases of conflict and leads us into a field of separation, hatred and war. Since he moved to the UK Raphael runs storytelling workshops and performs all over Europe. 


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