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This event is FREE and open to the public.

February 17-21, 2021 (Today through Sunday)

To Register and Explore Details: Festival Schedule and Registration


Recognizing the power and potential of storytelling in its many forms at this pivotal moment in American culture and politics, this 5-day festival draws on the skills of some of the nation’s most prominent and diverse storytelling practitioners.

The festival will feature three distinguished Indigenous storytellers: Kaya Littleturtle, Senora Lynch, and Dovie Thomason. Daily personalized land acknowledgments will be delivered by these presenters and well known community leader, Vivette Jeffries-Logan.

Program Overview:

The Festival will feature both traditional and contemporary stories from nationally and locally known storytellers. The programming will focus on diverse voices, all addressing these ideas: How can storytelling illuminate the world as it exists now?; Can storytelling build community and create cultural and institutional change?; What can a community do to invite a diversity of voices to share personal and cultural stories that have shaped the way they live and the way we understand others?; Can Storytelling be an effective platform to battle systemic racism?

The Festival is presented by The Process Series, the Department of American Studies, and The Department of Communication with the co-sponsorship of the Humanities for the Public Good Initiative, Carolina Performing Arts, The UNC Latina/o Studies Program (and the Teatro Latina/o Series), The Carolina Latinx Center, Asian American Center, American Indian Center, Institute of Arts and Humanities, College of Arts and Science, and the Orange County Arts Council.

Reservations are required in order to receive a link to stream the performances. Reservations can be made here.  After reserving your ticket(s), you will receive the link and password to view the show the day before the performance. We recommend giving a $5 donation for each performance you attend. For example, if you choose to attend 3 performances, we recommend giving a $15 donation to the Process Series. Donations can be made here.

The international, national and local list of story tellers are an exciting collection of those artists who are currently defining the art form:

Andrew Ali Aghapour, Charlotte Blake Alston, Brenda Wong Aoki, Milbre Burch, Jasmin Cardenas, Sam Gates, Jaki Shelton Green, Kaya Littleturtle, Ashley Lumpkin, Senora Lynch, Daniel Reyes, Carlos Robson, Simon Tam, Dovie Thomason, and UNC Student Storytellers

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