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Sierra Storytelling Festival

Great stories change lives. They excite, inspire, entertain and connect us to one another. The 31st Sierra Storytelling Festival returns to the historic North Columbia Schoolhouse on July 22nd-24th.  This year the event welcomes award-winning international storytellers Antonio Sacre, Gene Tagaban, Awele Makeba, Regi Carpenter, Kuniko Yamamoto, Kirk Waller and Michael Katz for three days of song, dance, poetry, and stories.

In addition to performances by these tellers, the Sierra Storytelling Festival features several special events including a Storytelling Workshop with Regi Carpenter on Friday afternoon, the hugely popular Story Slam on Saturday afternoon which is open to the public, a Children’s Concert performed by Awele Makeba on Sunday morning, and an Open Telling also on Sunday morning for up-and-coming storytellers. The Festival also hosts Friday and Saturday Gala Evening Concerts with all featured tellers.

Gather your friends and family, pack a picnic and blanket and settle into a weekend where time stands still, magic and wonder fill the air, and the art of story is alive and well.  This year’s festival features local and organic food and drink, beer and wine, for purchase. Attendees should bring a pillow or blanket for provided bench seating or their own low-backed folding chairs, flashlight, and layered clothing as the days are warm and the nights are cool.  You can purchase tickets online or post a comment on this blog post for your chance to win a pair of all access passes, winner will be announced on Wednesday, July 20th.  And the winner of the Sierra Vintners Wine Trail giveaway is Jane Smith.

© 2016 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem, supplied by Sierra Storytelling Festival, Design by Rich Good, Motion Graphics by Romero Alves

6 replies
  1. Ingrid Knox
    Ingrid Knox says:

    We go almost every year. The story tellers are usually great and it’s fun to watch and listen as the sun goes down in the outdoor amphitheater.

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  2. Vanessa S
    Vanessa S says:

    How beautiful, to celebrate and carry on the oral tradition when face-to-face conversation is becoming increasingly rare.

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  3. Deanna
    Deanna says:

    I have friends with kids visiting that weekend – they are the perfect age for this! Id love to take them pro bono!

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  4. Marjorie Woodall
    Marjorie Woodall says:

    Another wonderful local event I’ve never managed to get to. Thank you, Erin, for reminding us of all the great things in our community!

    Reply

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