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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

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

John McCutcheon

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

Joe Herrington

Katie Liesener

Jasmin Cardenas

Carol Cain

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.

    Check back for the 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.

      Check back for the 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.

              ISC at TEDx Nashville

              Stories in Motion: The Story of the Stuff

              Stories in Motion: The Story of the Stuff

              ISC at TEDx Nashville

              ISC president travels internationally and nationally to promote peaceful storytelling

              International Storytelling Center President to give The Botkin’s Lecture at the Library of Congress

              Everyone is a Storyteller

              United States of Arts

              Storytelling Live! series starts May 5th

              Tellers in Residence 2016

              Barbara McBride-Smith

              Bil Lepp

              Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton

              Ingrid Nixon

              Storytelling Live! tickets to go on sale April 1

              Storytelling Workshop presented by Tim Lowry

              Storytelling Workshop presented by Minton Sparks

              Storytelling Workshop presented by Anne Rutherford

              The Silver Dove

              Stories in Motion: Modern Art Meets Ancient Myth

              Stories in Motion: Modern Art Meets Ancient Myth

              The Silver Dove

              Leigh Ann Schneider

              Children’s Concert with Olga Loya

              Children’s Concert with Willy Claflin

              Evening Concert Featuring Rev. Robert Jones

              Rachel Stiltner

              Storytelling & Community in Jonesborough, Tennessee

              Mr. George and Me

              Stories in Motion: Remembering David Bowie

              Stories in Motion: Remembering David Bowie

              Mr. George and Me

              Clare Muireann Murphy

              Don White

              Oba William King

              Minton Sparks

              Noa Baum

              Olga Loya

              Anne Rutherford

              ISC President Kiran Sirah Invited to Give Talk in Charleston, SC

              ISC Remembers James C. Martin

              Our Year in Review

              Joining the Storytelling Revolution

              Kevin Kling: Lost and Found

              The Story of a Tennessee Champion

              In Honor of International Human Rights Day

              ISC to Receive NEA Grant

              Tennessee Gift-A-Tag Program

              You’ve started your shopping. Now give the gift that matters.

              Between the Parentheses: Don White on the National Storytelling Festival