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"To be a person is to have a story to tell." - Isak Dinesen
2013 Festival highlights

The inaugural Charleston Tells Storytelling Festival surpassed all expectations. Charlestonians and area visitors, including some from as far away as Canada, gathered this year to celebrate the art of storytelling, the human experience and the Lowcountry's rich heritage. Whether hearing the spooky echo of a passing carriage tour while listening ot ghost stories or reacting to a teller's anecdoate through laughter or tears, audiences were wowed by the stories, music and programs presented by a gifted group of national, regional and local performers.

 Check out these numbers: 
  • 1,700+ people attended Charleston Tells-sponsored events
  • 40+ storytelling and musical performances offered during the 2013 Festival weekend
  • 600+ students at three area schools were entertained with performances by national tellers
  • 12 accomplished and novice tellers spun tales during the Story Swap Under The Oaks
  • 25% of Festival attendees were from outside Charleston County
 Hear what attendees and performers are saying:
A great inaugural festival ... great tellers, great venue, great weather, great audiences! Thank you Charleston County Library, staff and all the sponsors! Wow." 

- Festival attendee

Audience members enjoy a story.
Donna Washington speaks with a reporter.
Wonderful city. Wonderful food. Wonderful festival. Wonderful tellers. Wonderful audiences. Wonderful people organizing everything and taking care of us. And, I'm not kidding! 

- Syd Lieberman, national storyteller, author, teacher and recording artist
"Great tellers, well organized, great location and well attended. Already on my calendar for next year."

- Festival attendee
Attendees participate during a performance.
Story Swap under the Oaks
Local musicians perform at the Festival.

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