Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Ideas for an interesting holiday

I always thought storytelling was a lost art, however it is alive and well and growing, just listen to many of our songwriters and popular songs. We all love a great story, and a great way to sample the incredible diversity of stories and storytellers in the world is to visit one of the growing numbers of story-telling festivals. At these two- or three-day gatherings, hundreds of people-some professionals, some not-take the stage to tell tales. Some of the storytellers at these events are a bit shellacked-in a twangy corn pone kind of way. But you're almost certain to stumble upon some amazing stories and some fascinating people record them. Here are seven of the best festivals.

Bay Area Storytelling Festival-This weekend of outdoor s telling is one of the best festivals in the western United States
o Where: El Sobrante, California When: May

Yukon International Storytelling Festival-Now in its seventh decade, this festival features storytellers from the "circumpolar world"-the Yukon, Greenland, Iceland-telling stories u the endless sun of early spring. Some of the participants tell dying stories in dying native languages in an effort to keep those languages alive.
o Where: Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada When: June

Digital Storytelling Festival-A wonderful gathering with an array of speakers and entertainers using computers and other digital tools to craft compelling tales. (See "Experiment with Digital Storytelling".) The festival was launched by digital storytelling pioneer Dana Atchley, who died well before his time
Where: Sedona, Arizona When: June

Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival-Held on Ireland's southernmost island, this festival attracts an eclectic mix of storytellers from all over the world. Most of the stories are in English, but some are in Irish.
o Where: Cape Clear Island, Republic of Ireland o When: September

Sharing the Fire, New England Storytelling Conference-One of the oldest regional festivals in the United States, this event draws the best storytellers in the eastern United States.
o Where: Cambridge, Massachusetts  o When: September

National Storytelling Festival-The granddaddy of American s telling festivals attended each year by more than ten thousand people.
o Where: Jonesborough, Tennessee When: October

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