National Storytelling Festival
|Country and Region||United States — Tennessee|
|Type of Festival||Drama|
|Location of Festival||Jonesborough, Tennessee, USA|
|Festival Contact Information|
International Storytelling Center
Jimmy Neil Smith founded the festival in 1973 when he was working as a high school journalism teacher. After he and a carload of students heard a story about coon hunting on the radio, he had a sudden inspiration and a festival was born. Hay bales and wagons formed the stages at that first festival where visitors and tellers numbered no more than 60. Today the National Storytelling Festival is held in large circus-like tents, attracts more than 10,000 visitors each year, and is known as the premier storytelling festival in the world. It is produced by the International Storytelling Center.
|Festival Dates||October 4 - 6, 2013|