You can attend from anywhere in the world and hear some of the finest storytellers around including a story from Connie at the VIRTUAL 49th annual National Storytelling Festival!
On a warm October weekend in 1973 the first National Storytelling Festival was held in historic Jonesborough, TN. Hay bales and wagons were the stages, and audience and tellers together didn’t number more than 60. It was intimate, but something happened that weekend that forever changed our culture, this traditional art form, and the little Tennessee town.
Connie was a founding member of this organization that became the center of an ever-widening movement that continues to gain momentum to this day. Storytelling organizations, festivals, and educational events have popped up all over the world. Teachers, healthcare workers, therapists, corporate executives, librarians, spiritual leaders, parents, and others regularly make storytelling a vibrant part of their everyday lives and work.
See International Storytelling Center for tickets and more info.
A message from the National Storytelling Festival:
ISC has been monitoring national, regional, and local COVID-19 trends since announcing our intention to hold an in-person event this fall in Jonesborough, TN. After consulting CDC guidelines and Northeast Tennessee’s Regional Health Department, we at ISC do not believe we can hold an in-person festival without placing our patrons, storytellers, staff, and volunteers at an unacceptable level of risk. While we’re sad that we won’t meet in Jonesborough this year, our top priority is keeping everyone safe and healthy so we can look forward to celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Festival next year.
Join nationally celebrated storyteller Connie Regan-Blake as she hosts her storytelling students for another stellar performance of unique voices in “A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories.” The Black Mountain Center for the Arts theater is just a short drive from Asheville, nestled in the picturesque mountains surrounding the area. Enjoy a great lineup of storytellers who are participating! Connie will emcee the evening and also share a story.
Saturday, December 4, 2021. Doors open at 7pm and show starts at 7:30pm. Advance tickets are $15, or $20 on the day of the event, or at the door, if available. Call the Center for tickets at (828) 669-0930, or order online.
Connie’s three-day workshop, “Taking Your Story to the Stage”, emphasizes storytelling performance and supports participants in taking their next step. As part of this workshop, her participants have the opportunity to exercise these new stage skills in a formal performance setting. The last four “Slice of Life” shows have been sell-outs – so get your tickets early!
“The Round Robin of storytellers at Connie Regan-Blake’s “Slice of Life” show gave me a rare listening treat. Each story was as unique as the voice that told it. What great fun to hear a mountain art form so well-spun!”
–Donna Marie Todd
storyteller, singer and story workshop leader