Located in the natural beauty of Northeast Tennessee in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, Historic Jonesborough has played host to the three day National Storytelling Festival for over four decades. Called “the leading event of its kind in America” by USA Today, the award-winning festival begins on the first Friday in October each year.
Now in its 44th year, the National Storytelling Festival began in 1973 when 60 people gathered around an old farm wagon in Courthouse Square to hear a few Appalachian tales. During the decades since, that tiny audience has grown to 10,000 listeners, and the hay wagon has been replaced by large, circus-like tents spread throughout the town where world-renowned tellers spin their tales in this storybook setting.
Produced by Jonesborough’s International Storytelling Center, the National Storytelling Festival represents three days of exciting storytelling performances that reflect a wealth of cultures, traditions, and styles – a world of stories in one small, historic town.
The International Storytelling Center offers free livestreaming during the Festival, Oct. 7-9, 2016. Please see link below for livestream access and more information, including a line-up of master storytellers and this year’s National Poetry Out Loud winner Ahkei Togun: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/The-National-Storytelling-Festival-is-Live-.html?soid=1123649318324&aid=sh2oislW5TQ
For more information, visit www.storytellingcenter.net or call (800) 952-8392.