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Fifth Annual San Miguel International Storytelling Festival 2018

By M. Elizabeth Blair

San Miguel’s favorite festival is coming again in October 2018!

Every person has a thousand stories to tell, both real and imagined. When you think about it, our identities are simply the sum of the stories we remember. Each one of us has stories that define our lives, including school events, births, deaths, marriages, divorces, and many others.

This is a truly international festival, with the opportunity to hear speakers from the United States, Mexico, Canada and other countries in a series of events. We are looking for new and accomplished storytellers, with opportunities to tell stories in English and/or Spanish.

If you want to tell a story, or just listen to stories, we kick off on Sepember 23 with a free Storytelling Open Mic event at the Belles Artes Sala Literaria, from 11am to 1pm. No audition is required. Bring your story to Bellas Artes at 10:30am to sign up. Each storyteller will have up to 7 minutes to entertain from memory and experience (without written notes).


October 4, there will be a performance by Spanish language storytellers at the Belles Artes Auditorium at 6pm. A storytelling workshop will be offered for a fee Sepember 24-27 from 10am to 4pm. The workshop will provide coaching by experienced storytellers in a supportive atmosphere. Participants will also receive a workbook full of tips and other valuable information to help hone skills in developing and performing their unique story. Pre-registration is required.

For the final Showcase performance, auditions for both English and Spanish storytellers will be held on October 1 and 2 at the Belles Artes Literary Sala from 11am to 1pm. Stories must be less than seven minutes, based on a person’s own personal true life experience, and be memorized, with no notes allowed. Email before October 1 to register to audition for the Showcase.

The final Storytelling Showcase will be held at the Teatro Angela Peralta on October 12, with a wine reception in the lobby at 5pm, and stories beginning at 6pm. Storytelling Showcase tickets will be on sale soon. Please mark your calendars now, and watch Atencion for further details. Information will also be posted on the San Miguel Storytellers Facebook page.


Sep. 23: Storytelling Open Mic, Belles Artes Sala Literaria, 11am-1pm, signup at 10:30am, free admission

Sep. 24-27: Storytelling Workshop 10am-4pm (3 days), please pre-register

Oct. 1 and 2: Auditions for final Showcase, Belles Artes Sala Literaria, 11am-1pm, please pre-register.

Oct. 4: Stories in Spanish at Belles Artes Auditorium, 6pm, free admission

Oct. 12: Storytelling Showcase at Angela Peralta Theater, Wine Reception 5pm, Stories at 6pm, 300 pesos

For questions or to register for workshops or auditions, please email



San Miguel Storytelling Festival 2018

Sep 23: Storytelling Open Mic

Sep. 24-27: Storytelling Workshop 10am-4pm (3 days)

Oct. 1 and 2: Auditions for final Showcase

Oct. 4: Stories in Spanish

Oct. 12: Storytelling Showcase and Wine Reception

Contact: Lee Harris,


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