Sierra Storytelling Festival 2017
July 21-23, 2017
This event has been dubbed by many as the “The Queen of Storytelling Festivals. Located in among the Sierra’s towering pines in Nevada City, California it is the collective brainchild of author, poet and storyteller, Steve Sanfield and the non-profit North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center.
People near and far come to enjoy line-up of talented, nationally recognized storytellers who take the Schoolhouse stage to spin yarns of all lengths and styles from around the world.
Featured storytellers include Kevin Kling, Diane Ferlatte, Andy Offutt Irwin, Judith Black, Johnny Moses and Muriel Johnson as Emcee, plus Tim Ereneta as Special Guest. There will also be an opportunity to tell your own tales at the Open Mic or the Story Slam.
Geared for all ages, this festival celebrates tales from around the world in an atmosphere that honors the historic tradition of telling stories.
Although the schedule is subject to change, here is an overview of what to expect.
Friday, July 21.
Festival opens with an afternoon workshop to help tellers polish their storytelling styles led by Judith Black and opening night tales.
Saturday, July 22.
Local Teller Showcase and then stories until the lunch time break.
Afternoon activities include listening to Johnny Moses and others. They are followed by the Sierra Story Slam. Be sure to check the website below for details.
The evening includes a gala event with all of the featured tellers.
Sunday, July 23
The day begins with an open story telling session and then a children’s concert.
Final parting tales will be told after lunch.
The Schoolhouse has been recognized as a rural arts organization and presenter of folk, traditional and contemporary art through grants from the California Arts Council, Cal Humanities, Poets & Writers, the Nevada County Arts Council, the L.J. and Mary C. Skaggs Foundation, the S.H. Cowell Foundation, the Rose Leo Memorial Philanthropic Fund, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest fund and the National Endowment for the Arts. Innovative programming at the Schoolhouse has drawn attention from audiences and artists far beyond the Sierra’s San Juan Ridge.
Want to get involved? Organizers are looking for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks before, during and after the festival.
To find out more about the Sierra Storytelling Festival, click here.