Stories to sleep to

‘Stories to Sleep to’ is a performance series where storytellers share bedtime stories. In each performance, a BIPOC (Black indigenous and people of colour) artist, whose practice resonates with the decolonial theory of slowing down, lulls you to sleep as they tell bedtime stories inspired by their cultures. 

This series began in search of a more restful, comfortable, safer way to share narratives with the audience. This revealed the age-old medium of the bedtime story as a means to slow down and to guide listeners to rest and dream. We invite you to bring your overworked and under-rested bodies to take a cosy mid-day nap at the Van Abbemuseum’s soft yellow carpeted room. Here Nisala performs a bedtime story inspired by Sri Lankan tales.

Mayomi Basnayaka hosts the session with a guest performance by Nisala. The event is in English. 

Type event Workshop
Date & Time

27 Oct 2023 - 15:00 - 17:00

Location Van Abbemuseum
Stratumsedijk 2
5611 ND Eindhoven
Stories to sleep to

About the facilitators

Mayomi Basnayaka is a contemporary artist from Sri Lanka. Her current artistic practice revolves around delving into the knowledge stored in our bodies and creating narratives that challenge the dominant ones. Her work aims to make space for marginalised and silenced identities, especially those with migrant backgrounds. Currently, she hosts the performance series ‘Stories to Sleep to.’

Nisala is a multidisciplinary visual designer from Sri Lanka dedicated to making knowledge accessible, enhancing spiritual connections, and promoting empathetic exchanges. They believe that the way we design the world around us, exposes who belongs, so they try to cultivate a sense of belonging across identity. Nisala draws from a background in Visual Art and Sociology and is motivated by post-colonial theory, de-digitization, and notions of Queer Utopia.


Van Abbemuseum
Stratumsedijk 2
5611 ND Eindhoven

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