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Thursday Night Concert - Kathy Mattea

    Sponsored by Carnegie Hotel

    A Pre-Festival Concert Featuring Kathy Mattea

    Thursday, October 6 - 7:30 P.M.
    Library Tent on the Festival Grounds
    Separate ticket required, $20 all ages.  Buy Now!

    Grammy award-winning singer Kathy Mattea and guitarist Bill Cooley will share songs and stories from their rich musical partnership of over twenty years. Mattea’s work has garnered multiple CMA, ACM, and Grammy Awards. A genuine storyteller, Kathy draws inspiration from her Appalachian roots.

    Visit Kathy’s website.

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    Barbara McBride-Smith

    Barbara McBride-Smith

    Bil Lepp

    Bil Lepp

    Kevin Kling

    Carol Birch

    David Novak

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    Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton

    Ingrid Nixon

    Ingrid Nixon - New Voice

    Will Hornyak - New Voice

    Linda Gorham - New Voice

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    Dan Keding

    Michael Reno Harrell

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    Stories in Motion: Remembering David Bowie

    Mr. George and Me

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    Don White

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    Noa Baum

    Olga Loya

    Anne Rutherford

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    Our Year in Review

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    Kevin Kling: Lost and Found

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    Story Slam!

    Old School, New Rules

      Deadline Friday, August 12th!

      Have you got what it takes to be the National Storytelling Festival’s next Best Story Slammer? Anyone’s welcome to apply – all you need is a little bit of courage and a true, five-minute story that suits this year’s theme, LOST AND FOUND.

      Applications are in the form of a recorded 2-minute story excerpt. (Details below.) All entries will be judged by a panel and six will be selected to tell at the National Storytelling Festival on Saturday, October 8. Those selected will receive a weekend ticket to the Festival!


        • Your story must connect to the theme LOST AND FOUND in some way. (Note: You do not need to say the words of the theme in your story, but your story should connect to that idea.) Be creative!

        • True, original stories only.
        • Contestants must be at least 16 years old.
        • Stories must be told, not read. No notes or props.
        • Content must be suitable for a general audience, ages 13 and up.
        • Former featured National Storytelling Festival tellers are not eligible to enter.
        • Be sure it’s a story with a beginning, middle and end, and not a joke or anecdote.
        • You’ll be notified if you’ve been chosen for the Slam by August 31.

      First place: $300
      Second place: $150
      Third place: $50

      TO ENTER—
      You can enter by providing an excerpt of your story by phone or by mailing a recording.

      To enter by phone: Call 1-888-600-3135 and follow the prompts. You’ll be asked for your name, phone number, and email address. Then provide a two minute excerpt of your story.

      To mail, send recording to:
      International Storytelling Center
      Attn: Story Slam
      116 W. Main
      Jonesborough, TN 37659

      Deadline to enter is Friday, August 12. You’ll be notified if you’re ‘in’ by August 31.

      It is a competition – and if you are selected to tell at the Festival, you’ll only have five minutes at the mic to wow the judges. You will be judged on your performance, how well the story is crafted, its connection to the theme, and adherence to the 5-minute time limit. Please remember you do not have to say the theme LOST AND FOUND in your story; it only needs to be implied. Be creative!

      Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort

      The International Storytelling Center (ISC) and Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort have joined forces to highlight the art of storytelling.  The new resort is committed to maintaining and building new multigenerational storytelling traditions. The partnership leverages ISC’s expertise in planning, designing and using storytelling to assist with training, performances and other special activities that incorporate the art of storytelling into the DreamMore Resort experience.

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      ISC Remembers Roslyn

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      An Interview about the Power of Storytelling

      The Transformative Power of Storytelling

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      ISC Exhibit App

      hall front

        Get it on Google Play

        Download the International Storytelling Center app for access to information on Storytelling for Peace, the Power of Storytelling and the National Storytelling Festival. Save your favorite story, to enjoy offline and share via email, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+

        You can preview the app below, or plan your visit to ISC by taking the Virtual Tour or visit the Google Cultural Institute.

        Storytelling for Peace
        What do the latest summer blockbuster movie, a captivating third grade teacher, a doctor with a gracious bedside manner, and a successful peace negotiator all have in common? They all help to build a better life, a better world through the power of storytelling. Whether to entertain, educate, heal, or resolve conflict, stories are the most fundamental way that we connect. 

        The Power of Storytelling
        Established as a non-profit educational and cultural institution ISC produces over 300 hours of live performances, engages 65 world-class professional storytellers, touches thousands of lives each year and fosters storytelling programs across the global stage, fulfilling its vision to build a better life and a better world through the power of storytelling. 

        National Storytelling Festival
        Many years ago, in a distant kingdom known as America, 60 people gathered in a tiny town in Tennessee to indulge in a simple, but nearly forgotten, tradition: storytelling. From those humble beginnings, a storytelling revival was born. Nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Jonesborough, the storytelling capital of the world, The International Storytelling Center continues to produce the oldest and most prestigious event in the world devoted exclusively to arts of storytelling; The National Storytelling Festival.

        R. Jim Stahl

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        Will McInerney

        Oba William King

        Rixon Lane

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