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Centenary Series: "The Life and Nearly Death Of Riley: A Man Who Sees a Photo of 'Abdu'l-Bahá"

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To commemorate the centenary of the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the Cambridge University Bahá’í Society has arranged online talks by eight international speakers. Each speaker will focus on one theme based on the teachings and life of this unique individual and its relevance to our world today. This is the fifth talk in the series.

The Life and Nearly Death Of Riley

December 1912, England – As a man walks along a street he sees a picture of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in a window. It changes his life.

An uplifting storytelling performance toured in 15 countries to hundreds of audiences, from major theatres to Inuit living rooms, from fashionable venues in trendy Reykjavik to therapeutic communities in Orkney, and virtually from Buenos Aires to LA.

From the taste of final despair to the rebirth hope, privilege meets homelessness, freedom can be a thousand prisons, and prison a place liberation.

Ismael Velasco has been a professional storyteller and performer for over 25 years, specialising in the use of the arts for social action and community development. He has performed to tens of thousands of people over that period, in over 20 countries, from major theatrical venues to remote indigenous villages.

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