Second Annual San Miguel International Storytelling Festival
By Mary Norquist
It’s that time of year again! Get your stories out, dust them off, and start practicing. The Second Annual San Miguel International Storytelling Festival is scheduled for October 8 through October 18. Mark your calendars now. During the festival we will hold auditions, present workshops in both English and Spanish, offer coaching and rehearsal time for story teller participants, and award the winners at the final Festival Showcase event on October 18.
San Miguel International Storytelling Festival
Thu, Oct 8 – Sun, Oct 18
Last year all the events were sold out and many people were disappointed when they couldn’t get tickets to their favorite events. This year, our venue is the auditorium at the Bellas Artes where we can accommodate more than 150 people.
Last year’s winner, Drae Campbell from Brooklyn, NY, had a great time. “San Miguel is such a magical town and the organizers of the festival did a great job,” she commented. “All the stories told were interesting and moving. I’ve gone to a lot of storytelling festivals and I’d say this was a great one.”
Today, stories are an intrinsic part of our societies and culture. Storytelling history is quite ancient and nobody knows when the first story was actually told. But throughout time, a good storyteller was always respected and revered.
The oldest surviving tale in the storytelling history is the epic “Gilgamesh,” relating to the deeds of a famous Sumerian king. The earliest known record in the origin of storytelling can be found in Egypt, when the sons of Cheops entertained their father with stories. Since the beginning, stories came in many forms…myths, legends, fairy tales, fables, ghost stories, epic adventures…and were handed down generation to generation.
Over the next couple of months we will be spreading the word and letting you know about all the festival events, locations, times, ticket prices, and more. So stay tuned for the rest of the story!