St. Louis Storytelling Festival

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World's largest free storytelling festival

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We engage communities through stories year-round, from monthly Story Lounge open mic events to special projects.

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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 40th year and celebrated from Thursday, April 25-Saturday, May 4, 2019, renews and celebrates this 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 partnership with the University of Missouri Extension Community Arts Program, this multi-day extravaganza, held at multiple venues across St. Louis City and County, has both featured storytellers from across the nation and regional storytellers from our own community. There are many family-friendly programs for all to enjoy, and most are offered free to the public.

Contact Lisa Overholser for inquiries or to obtain more information on the St. Louis Storytelling Festival.

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