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Storytelling Festival Articles

"The art of storytelling is as old as humanity. It's a reflection of the tapestry of life."
-- Storyteller Deb Swanegan

"Storytelling is an art form that transcends age, race and culture. It goes right to the heart of human experience."
-- Storyteller Bobby Norfolk

Each year, thousands of listeners flock to the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, and the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in Orem, UT. In addtion, some 200 other festivals take place in the United States each year. Below are some videos about storytelling festivals.

The articles below describe some of these many festivals and other storytelling performances. See The Open Directory Project for links to over 50 storytelling festivals around the world. For information on how to produce a storytelling event, see Producers & Organizers Special Interest Group of the National Storytelling Network.

  1. Storytelling Festival 2015: Stories without Borders The Edinburgh Reporter (Edinburgh, Scotland), October 10, 2015

  2. Adults get to enjoy stories, too Sierra Lodestar (San Andreas, CA), August 14, 2015

  3. Spotlight on Aboriginal storytelling Dubbo Photo News (Dubbo NSW, Australia), November 22, 2014

  4. Art Talk with Kiran Singh Sirah of the International Storytelling Center National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works Blog (Washington, DC), September 30, 2014

  5. Masters Tell Tales at 7th Annual Storytelling Festival The Vashon Loop (Vashon, WA), February 3, 2014

  6. Reviving the Art of Storytelling Orillia Today (Orillia, Ontario, Canada), October 24, 2013

  7. Timeless Tales The Hindu (Chennai, India), February 14, 2013

  8. A Place for Storytelling, No Lie The Laurinburg Exchange (Laurinburg, NC), January 22, 2013

  9. Q&A with Frayn Masters of Back Fence PDX The Daily Astorian (Portland, OR), November 9, 2012

  10. London Storytelling Festival (London, UK), November 1, 2012

  11. National Storytelling Festival Turns 40 PBS NEWSHOUR (Washington D.C.), October 5, 2012

  12. It’s Just Stories: Online Racial Justice Storytelling Festival Connects People Globally NewCity Stage (Chicago, IL), August 2, 2012

  13. Reviving an Urdu Storytelling Tradition The New York Times, Global Edition (New York, NY), July 24, 2012

  14. Flint Public Library's 32nd Michigan Storytellers Festival (Lansing, MI), July 11, 2012

  15. July Folk Fest Fun at Scottish Storytelling Centre (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK), July 4, 2012

  16. The Status of Storytelling The Yorker (Vanbrugh College, York, UK), June 28, 2012

  17. Telling a Story, Building Their Confidence Garner News (Wake and Johnston County, NC), March 20, 2012

  18. Festival Revives Traditional Art of Storytelling The Gulf Today (Sharjah, United Arab Emirates), March 18, 2012

  19. Is Storytelling the Best Form of Theatre? The Guardian (London, UK), November 23, 2011

  20. Storytelling Events Selling Out The Troy Messenger (Troy, AL), January 5, 2011

  21. Our Stories, Ourselves Monitor, a publication of the American Psychological Association (Washington, DC), January 2011

  22. Jabberwocky Keeps Stories Flowing: "One Pint at a Time" Nuvo: Indy's alternative voice (Indianapolis, IN), Nov. 3, 2010

  23. Nothing Helps us Connect More than Storytelling Packet & Times (Orillia, Ontario, Canada), March 22, 2010

  24. Sink Teeth into Stories with ‘Flesh’ (Kearney, NE), January 20, 2010

  25. Taffy Thomas Appointed First Storytelling Laureate The Guardian (Manchester, UK), November 2, 2009

  26. Festival Connects Storytelling, Peace-building Winnipeg Free Press (Winnipeg, Canada), May 6, 2009

  27. Songs of Themselves The New York Times (New York, NY), November 16, 2008

  28. Stand Up and Tell Your Story The Washington Post (Washington, D.C.), October 10, 2008

  29. In StorySlam, Strangers Go on Stage and Bare Their Souls Philadelphia Daily News (Philadelphia, PA), May 5, 2008

  30. Tell Me A Story The Tribeca Trib (New York, NY), May 2, 2008

  31. Revival of Ancient Iranian Stories Alalam News (Tehran, Iran), April 30, 2008

  32. Youngsters Enjoy a Special Story on World Storytelling Day The Shields Gazette (South Shields, UK), April 15, 2008

  33. Empathy Is What Makes Us Sane: Ira Glass at Lisner Auditorium (Washington, DC), April 15, 2008

  34. First Storytelling Festival Weekend Comes to Close Southeast Missourian (Cape Girardeau, MO), April 7, 2008

  35. Hope for Storytelling in Blackheath News Shopper (Petts Wood, England, UK), March 12, 2008

  36. Native American Storytelling Festival This Weekend Gallup Independent (Gallup, NM) , February 12, 2008

  37. Winter Talk XX Goes North to Minnesota for Spiritual Growth and Storytelling Episcopal Life Online (New York, NY), January 25, 2008

  38. 11th Moon Storytelling Event Set for Saturday The Natchez Democrat (Natchez, MI), January 25, 2008

  39. Out of the Fray: Storytelling Web site Morphs into a Magazine San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco, CA), January 17, 2008

  40. It's Worth Every Penny Troy Messenger (Troy, AL), January 14, 2008

  41. Pigeon Forge Storytelling Festival in Tennessee in February The Birmingham News (Birmingham, AL), January 13, 2008

  42. Festival Presents Storytelling as Theater New York Times (New York, NY) , August 5, 2007

  43. Latitudes Festival Tells a Story Waterloo Chronicle (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada), June 13, 2007

  44. Stories are Our Greatest Treasure McCook Daily Gazette (McCook, NE), June 4, 2007

  45. Stories Bring the World to City Fair Portland Press Herald (Portland, ME), June 3, 2007

  46. Piccolo Events Celebrate Art of Storytelling The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC), May 25, 2007

  47. Spinning a Yarn: Storytellers Gather in Laurinburg The Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, NC), May 18, 2007

  48. Plans Shaping Up for First Storytelling Festival News Courier (Athens, AL), May 18, 2007

  49. Festival to Present History From the Heart (Oklahoma City, OK), May 13, 2007

  50. Connecting Generations Through the Art of Storytelling Beatrice Daily Sun (Beatrice, NE), May 4, 2007

  51. Wine and Stories Chicago Public Radio (Chicago, IL), May 1, 2007

  52. Storytellers Theatre Starts 10th Season Northern Star Online (DeKalb, IL), April 18, 2007

  53. Listen Up! The Sounds of the Mountains Music and Story Festival Roanoke Times (Roanoke, VA), April 15, 2007

  54. The Smoky Mountain Storytelling Festival Canyon News (Benedict Canyon, CA) , February 11, 2007

  55. Fairy Tales and Music on the 9.28 to Glasgow Evening Times Online (Glasgow, Scotland, UK), February 2, 2007

  56. Telling Stories in Tel Aviv The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem, Israel), July 14, 2006

  57. Storytelling Centre Begins with Opening Ceremony (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK), June 1, 2006

  58. Event Offers Peek into Tribal Culture The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA), March 7, 2006

  59. Annual StoryFest to Bring Passion of Storytelling to Life BYU Newsnet (Provo, UT), March 2, 2006

  60. Indigenous Cultural Affair Strengthens Ties Honolulu Star-Bulletin (Honolulu, HI), February 12, 2006

  61. Shared Tales: Storytelling Festival Winds Up with Look at Worldwide Themes Corvallis Gazette Times (Corvallis, OR), February 6, 2006

  62. Word of Mouth - The Art of Storytelling The Lumberjack Online (Humboldt, CA), February 1, 2006

  63. King's Legacy Alive and Well Union-Tribune (San Diego, CA), January 15, 2006

  64. Iraqi Tune's Return After 3000 Years Scotsman (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK), January 14, 2006

  65. Stories Give Crowd a Lift Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, IN), December 4, 2005

  66. Tales to be Told During Annual Storytelling Festival The Sign Post (Weber State University, Ogden, UT), November 7, 2005

  67. Some Tall Tales in Haverstraw The Journal News (Westchester, NY), October 10, 2005

  68. Tall Tales, Small Tales The State (Columbia, SC), July 22, 2005

  69. Storytellers Tell All Mason City Globe Gazette (Mason City, IA), July 21, 2005

  70. Cowboy Poets Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND), July 14, 2005

  71. African Diaspora Celebration The Journal (Westchester, NY), July 10, 2005

  72. Storytellers Bring Tales to Black Mountain Asheville Citizen-Times (Asheville, NC), July 8, 2005

  73. Tellers of Tall Tales Celebrate Anniversary Hampstead and Highgate Express (London, England), June 10, 2005

  74. Storytelling All the Way Deccan Herald (Bangalore, India), June 10, 2005

  75. Native Americans Symposium Petoskey News-Review (Petoskey, MI), June 8, 2005

  76. HCC Gears Up for June 4 Anniversary Celebration Waynesville Smoky Mountain News (Waynesville, NC), May 18, 2005

  77. Storytelling Festival is Set for June McCook Daily Gazette (McCook, NE), May 13, 2005

  78. Jackson Storyfest in Its 18th Year Jackson Citizen Patriot (Jackson, MI), May 5, 2005

  79. Festival Offers Stories From Three Continents The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR), April 29, 2005

  80. Montana Storytellers Will Spin Their Yarns in Cut Bank Great Falls Tribune (Great Falls, MT), April 26, 2005

  81. Listen Here: Story Festival Spins Yarns, With a Kick Greensboro News Record (Greensboro, NC), April 24, 2005

  82. Storytelling Festival Aims to Break Down Barriers Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales, UK), April 18, 2005

  83. For the Love of Stories Winston-Salem Journal (Winston-Salem, NC), April 17, 2005

  84. A Couple's Dream Go Triad (Greensboro, NC), April 14, 2005

  85. Storytelling Festival Thursday Henderson Daily Dispatch (Henderson, NC), April 13, 2005

  86. CrossSound Festival Explores New Perspectives on Experience and Place Juneau Empire (Juneau, AK), March 31, 2005

  87. Words & Stories Pushes the Storytelling Envelope at the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival Skipressworld - (McMasterville, Quebec, Canada), March 21, 2005

  88. 'Best Storyteller in the World' to Visit Village Theater This Weekend Canton Observer (Canton, MI), March 17, 2005

  89. Culture, Tradition Come Alive with Storytelling Minnesota Daily (Minneapolis, MN), March 7, 2005

  90. Event Offers Peek Into Tribal Culture Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA), March 7, 2005

  91. BaoBao Festival Celebrates African Culture Boulder Daily Camera (Boulder, CO), March 6, 2005

  92. UTSA Cosponsors March 5 Storytelling Festival University of Texas at San Antonio Today (San Antonio, TX), March 4, 2005

  93. 'Waves of Compassion' Help to Wash Away the Pain Portsmouth Herald News (Portsmouth, NH), March 3, 2005

  94. Festival Shows Everyone Has a Story to Tell Concord Journal (Concord, MA), February 24, 2005

  95. Storytelling Festival Spins Again Corvallis Gazette Times (Corvallis, OR), January 29, 2005

  96. Montana Storytelling Roundup Cut Bank Pioneer Press (Cut Bank, MT), January 27, 2005

  97. Storytellers Unite for Tsunami Relief Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Atlanta, GA), January 27, 2005

  98. New Storytelling Fellowship for City Council Aberdeen City (Aberdeen, Scotland, UK), January 26, 2005

  99. African Storytellers Know the FUNdamentals of Learning Providence Journal (Providence, RI), January 20, 2005

  100. Storytelling Festival Begins Monday Grand Island Independent (Grand Island, NE), January 13, 2005

  101. Students Have Talent for Tales St. George Daily Spectrum (St. George, UT), November 24, 2004

  102. Long, Long Ago... But Not in Singapore Electric New Paper (Singapore), November 23, 2004

  103. Using Their Words to Paint Pictures Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX), November 20, 2004

  104. Storytellers Weave Their Yarns at Waipio Festival Honolulu Star-Bulletin (Honolulu, HI), November 19, 2004

  105. Fables, Myths, History Twirl into Storytelling Art The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, KS), November 19, 2004

  106. Nationwide Celebration of Stories Returns to Juneau Juneau Empire (Juneau, Alaska), November 18, 2004

  107. Once Upon a Time... Sunday Times (Johannesburg, South Africa), November 14, 2004

  108. Cowboy to Spin a Few Tall Tales for CultureFest Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), November 12, 2004

  109. Ramadan Cultural Panorama in Cairo Islam Online (UK), November 9, 2004

  110. Long Ago, Far Away Common (Canada), November 2004

  111. Top Storytellers to Spin Their Tales at WSU Campus Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, UT), October 26, 2004

  112. A Success Story Worth Telling The Herald (Glasgow, Scotland), October 25, 2004

  113. Storyteller Brenda Wong Aoki Gains Strength from Traditional Ghost Stories San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco, CA), October 23, 2004

  114. Three Apples Storytelling Festival Blooms Harvard Post (Harvard, MA), October 22, 2004

  115. Yarn-spinners Come to Mesa The Arizona Republic, October 18, 2004

  116. Storytellers Bring Memories to Life Honolulu Advertiser (Honolulu, HI), October 18, 2004

  117. Fun Fest Adds Chapter Gary-Post Tribune (Gary, IN), October 18, 2004

  118. Event Shows Power of Stories The Saginaw News (Saginaw, MI), October 17, 2004

  119. Storytelling Festival has Unique Tales to Share Honolulu Star-Bulletin (Honolulu, HA), October 15, 2004

  120. Library Announces Storytelling Fest Sentinel (East Brunswick, NY), October 14, 2004

  121. Stories Are the Best Source of Who We Are Naples Daily News (Naples, FL), October 10, 2004

  122. The Laughter Tells the Tale LA Times, October 10, 2004

  123. Storytelling Festival Returns to Ocean Springs The Mississippi Press (Ocean Springs, MI), October 10, 2004

  124. Chicago Teller Entertains Festival with Silent Stories Bristol Herald Courier (Bristol, VA), October 2, 2004

  125. Spin a Yarn in Jonesborough The City Paper (Nashville, TN), September 27, 2004

  126. Scary Tales to be Told (Polk County, FL), September 26, 2004

  127. Did you hear the one about the ... ? Peoria Journal Star (Peoria, IL), September 26, 2004

  128. Step Right Up: Something for Everybody Richmond Times-Dispatch (Richmond, VA), September 23, 2004

  129. Sound and Fury, Signifying Much Minnesota Daily (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN), September 23, 2004

  130. Festival Becoming Word-of-Mouth Hit The Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, AL), September 23, 2004

  131. Storytelling Festival Begins KIFI (Idaho Falls, ID), September 23, 2004

  132. Storytellers Go Traditional, Teach More than Folklore The Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, NC), September 20, 2004

  133. National Pride: The National Museum of the American Indian Opens on the Mall The Washington Post, September 17, 2004

  134. Nanticoke Powwow: Weekend of Stories and Dancing Sussex Post (Sussex County, DE), September 17, 2004

  135. Storytellers Share Great Tales at The Detroit Story League's 22nd Annual Storytelling Festival The Detroit News (Detroit, MI), September 17, 2004

  136. Storytellers Spin Very Adult Yarns at New Festival The Oregonian (Portland, OR), September 16, 2004

  137. Grab a Good Yarn in Summerside The Journal-Pioneer (Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada), September 11, 2004

  138. Stories By the Sea Festival Newport News Times (Newport, Oregon), September 10, 2004

  139. Tell Us a Story La Crosse Tribune (La Crosse, WI), September 7, 2004

  140. Indian Summer Days At Audubon Acres (Chattanooga, TN), September 1, 2004

  141. Tall Tales, True Tales KentuckyLiving Magazine, September, 2004

  142. Entertainers Come From Distant Lands for Event Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 10, 2004

  143. Stories to be Told Aberdeen News (Aberdeen, SD), August 5, 2004

  144. County Fair Will Feature Pow-wow Cheboygan Daily Tribune (Cheboygan, MI), August 4, 2004

  145. Across the Land, Plots are Thickening LA Times, July 29, 2004

  146. Tribes Revisit Their Roots at La Fete des Indiens Houma The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA), July 25, 2004

  147. They've Got a Lot to Tell Register-Pajaronian (Watsonville, CA), July 23, 2004

  148. The Magic of a Story Daily Record (Morris County, NJ), July 16, 2004

  149. Schoolhouse Brings Sierra Storytelling Festival Back The Union (Western Nevada County, CA), July 15, 2004

  150. Gullah's Story Worth Telling The Island Packet (Hilton Head Island, SC), July 12, 2004

  151. African Festival Has Story to Tell About Traditions The Journal News (Westchester County, NY), July 9, 2004

  152. Wherever You Go, People Want to Bend Your Ear The Times (London, England), June 28, 2004

  153. Choctaw Storytelling Camp Native Times News, June 17, 2004

  154. Storytelling: Rediscovering Our Fables, Folk Tales and Midwest Heritage Midwest Living, April, 2004

  155. Just Sit Right Back and You'll Hear a Tale; St. Louis Storytelling Festival Turns a New Page St Louis Post-Dispatch, April 29, 2004

  156. I'll Tell You a Story! Texas Highways, March, 2004

  157. Time For Once Upon a Time US News & World Report, October 27, 2003

  158. Even in a High-Tech World, Storytellers Can Still Spin a Good Yarn Chicago Tribune Online Edition, July, 2003

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