Throughout time, people have preserved their culture, values and beliefs through storytelling. Giving voice to the human experience, storytelling allows families and communities to pass on their history to succeeding generations, and it remains an evolving, dynamic art form.
The St. Louis Storytelling Festival, now in its 38th year, renews and celebrates an ancient art. It is the largest free storytelling festival in the world. Throughout its history, it has won many awards for its innovative and masterful celebration of storytelling, and for its outreach to the St. Louis metropolitan community. Most recently, in 2015, it was designated as a Regional Spotlight event awardee in the South Central region by the National Storytelling Network. In its new partnership with the University of Missouri Extension Community Arts Program, this four-day extravaganza, held at multiple venues across St. Louis City and County, features storytellers from across the nation and regional storytellers from our own community. Stories they share are suitable for all members of the family, and most are offered FREE to the public (suggested donation for the Finale Showcase concert).
We invite you to join us at our Festival this year! You can take advantage of special workshops for educators and families; attend one of our many public events at venues and sites across the metropolitan area; or plan to come to our Grand Finale Performance on Saturday evening.