National Storytelling Festival

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Country and Region United StatesTennessee
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival Jonesborough, Tennessee, USA
Festival Contact Information

International Storytelling Center
116 W. Main Street
Jonesborough, TN   37659 USA
Phone: (01) 423-753-2171
Toll free: 800-952-8392
Fax: (01) 423-913-8219

Festival Description

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
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