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This week’s teller in residence: Bil Lepp

National Storytelling Festival 2017

Humanitarian of the Year: Scott Niswonger

Stories in Motion: Making History Talk

Stories in Motion: Making History Talk

Humanitarian of the Year: Scott Niswonger

Linda Goodman

Andy Offutt Irwin

Sheila Kay Adams

Willy Claflin

Willy Claflin

Bil Lepp

Bil Lepp

Vicki Juditz

Vicki Juditz

Ben Haggarty - International Teller

Ben Haggarty

Anne Shimojima - New Voice

Oba William King - New Voice

Pre-Festival Concert featuring Donald Davis - Wednesday, October 4th

    A Pre-Festival Event featuring Donald Davis

    Wednesday, October 4 - 7:30 P.M.
    Library Tent on the Festival Grounds

    Separate ticket required, $20 all ages.  For tickets or information call 800-952-8392 or Buy Now!

    For other ticket options to Donald’s Tellers-in-Residence week.

    Visit Donald’s website.

    *photo by Jay Huron

    Evening Concert Featuring Kim Weitkamp

    Evening Concert Featuring Donald Davis

    Evening Concert Featuring Michael Reno Harrell

    Evening Concert Featuring Bill Harley

    Evening Concert Featuring Bil Lepp

    Storytelling Workshop presented by Donna Washington

    Performance/Workshop presented by Judith Black

    Storytelling Workshop presented by Geraldine Buckley

    Children’s Concert with David Novak

    Children’s Concert with Andy Offutt Irwin

    Children’s Concert with Leeny Del Seamonds

    Field Report: Lyrics & Lore

    Stories of Pretend Meals

    Field Report: Lyrics & Lore

    Stories of Pretend Meals

    Stories Can Shine a Light on Slavery.

    Tellers in Residence 2017

    Help safeguard the arts through action.

    In Pursuit of the Creative Life

    Jeanne Robertson

    Donna Washington

    Donna Washington

    David Novak

    Ingrid Nixon

    Joe Herrington

    Sam Payne

    Storytelling Center Director worried Federal Arts Funding Cuts could hurt Rural Communities

    Carmen Deedy

    The Story of the Seal

    ISC Unveils Storytelling Seal of Excellence Program

    Our Year in Review

    An Exciting Cap on a Milestone Year

    Josh Goforth - New Voice

    Every Meal is a Story

    Every Meal is a Story

    ISC’s Kiran Sirah to be Key Contributor at National Endowment for the Arts’ 50th Anniversary

    Tennessee Arts Commision continues Gift-A-Tag Campaign

    The Uncalled for Trio Tour 2016: Unwrapped

    Tim Lowry in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

    Lyrics & Lore

    What’s Your First Memory

    This week’s teller in residence: Don White

    2016 National Storytelling Festival Schedule Now Available

    Stories in Motion: Meet the Tin Man

    Stopping Through Selma

    Stopping Through Selma

    Stories in Motion: Meet the Tin Man

    National Storytelling Festival 2016

    2016 Storytelling Studio Schedule Announced

    Jonesborough welcomes John McCutcheon

    Stay up late for Midnight Cabaret

    This week’s teller in residence: Dovie Thomason

    A Festival Favorite: Ghost Stories

    Celebrate with Festival Tellers at the Yarnspinners’ Party

    Pre-Festival Events

    A Week in the Life

    Stories in Motion: The Culture of Children

    Stories in Motion: The Culture of Children

    A Week in the Life

    Erin Rosolina

    Jordan Foltz

    Preregister Now for the National Storytelling Festival

    Welcome to the International Storytelling Center

    Pat Nease

    Sam Payne

    Katie Liesener

    Joe Herrington

    Jasmin Cardenas

    Carol Cain

    Pre-Festival Concert featuring Jeanne Robertson - Thursday, October 5th

    Jeanne Robertson

      A Pre-Festival Concert Featuring Jeanne Robertson

      Thursday, October 5 - 7:30 P.M.
      Library Tent on the Festival Grounds
      Separate ticket required, $20 all ages.  Buy Now!

      A nationally-known, award winning humorist and author, Jeanne has been featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes, performed at the White House, and can be heard daily on Sirius XM Radio, where millions nationwide hear her speak two lanugages fluently: English — and Southern!

      For tickets or more information call 800-952-8392 or click here to buy online

      Visit Jeanne’s website.

      Story Slam!

      Old School, New Rules

        Check back soon for information about the 2017 Story Slam event!


        Midnight Cabaret

          Stay up late and enjoy a night of rollicking, grown-up fun at the ever-popular Midnight Cabaret.

          • Tickets are sold separately. $20 for adults.
          • Buy Now!
          • Not recommended for children.
          • Stories begin Friday night, October 6 at 10:30 p.m.

          2017 National Storytelling Festival Midnight Cabaret Teller

          Ghost Stories

          Ghost Stories

            Sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts

            Crones and gnomes and creepy things fill two nights of fanciful adventures in open-air concerts beneath the stars.

            Brave the Ghost Story Concerts with two different collections of frightening tales served up beneath the nighttime sky during open-air performances which are always a Festival favorite.   

            Tickets are sold separately.  $10 for all ages. Buy Now!

            Stories begin at 8 p.m. each night in any kind of weather.  Tickets are available at the gate.  Only ground seating is available, so bring your blankets.

            2017 National Storytelling Festival Ghost Story Tellers

            Exchange Place

            Explore the diversity of American storytelling at Exchange Place, featuring tellers new to the National Storytelling Festival stage. A revered Festival tradition, the program includes specially invited storytellers from across the country who share their finest tales during the National Storytelling Festival. 

            The Exchange Place event is included with your weekend admission, but has limited seating.

            Yarnspinners’ Party

              Celebrate, meet the National Storytelling Festival’s featured tellers, and enjoy great food and fellowship at the Yarnspinners’ Party on Saturday, October 7 from 5-7 p.m. at the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall.

              Entertainment provided by the Jonesborough Novelty Band, who will be joined by some of your favorite musically-talented tellers ― including Donald Davis on the accordian.

              The Yarnspinners’ Party is hosted by the ISC Board of Governors and sponsored by Holston Distributing and One Stop Wines & Spirits.

              Proceeds from this private event go to support the work of the International Storytelling Center.  Tickets are $100.  This is a tax deductible contribution.  For reservations or more information, call (800) 952-8392, ext. 283 or Buy Now!

              Wine and Beer Garden

                Sponsored by Holston Distributing

                Relax in the afternoon at the Festival’s Wine and Beer Garden, featuring a selection of regional beer and wine available for purchase.  A popular festival feature.  The Wine and Beer Garden is sponsored by Holston Distributing.

                On the front plaza of the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall.

                4–7 p.m. Thursday
                4–8 p.m. Friday & Saturday

                Swappin’ Ground

                Under the Swappin' Ground

                  At the first National Storytelling Festival in 1973, a handful of storytellers gathered around the courthouse in Jonesborough’s town square and traded tales.  An old wagon served as the stage, and listeners took their seats on bales of hay. 

                  Today the Swappin’ Ground tradition continues in the center of Storytelling Park.  Here, anyone can tell a tale—and many do.  Stop by and listen as tellers recapture the humble beginnings of the National Storytelling Festival.

                  To share a story of your own, just sign up at the Festival Headquarters.

                  Swappin’ Ground is hosted by the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild.

                  Free Event (does not require separate ticket).



                  Marketplace Tent

                    During the Festival, be sure to visit the National Storytelling Festival’s official store for storyteller merchandise and Festival souvenirs including the latest storytelling books, teller CDs and DVDs, shirts, tote bags, and more! The Marketplace Tent is located on the corner of First Ave. and College St. next to the Food Court.

                    Meet the Tellers!

                    Throughout the Festival weekend you can also come to the Marketplace to meet your favorite storytellers face-to-face and get autographs!  Further information will be included in your Program of Events, which you’ll receive when you arrive at Festival Registration.

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