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

We're on a roll. The third annual Charleston Tells Storytelling Festival in 2015 again drew rave reviews and surpassed all expectations. Attracting local residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast, the Festival showed off some of the very best in storytelling with international and national performers like Charlotte Blake Alston, Michael Reno Harrell, Bil Lepp and Corinne Stavish - each one a showstopper. The Festival also showed off some of the best regional and local tellers plus several musical groups. These gifted performers left audiences wowed and wanting more. 
     

 Check out these numbers: 
2015:
  • More than 1,700 people attended Charleston Tells-sponsored events
  • 40+ storytelling and musical performances offered during the 2015 Festival weekend
  • Students at three area schools were entertained with performances by guest national tellers
  • Premiered storytelling workshop: Your Family Stories Need to be Told
  • Shared digital stortylling videos produced as a result of year-long 'I Want to Tell You' storytelling grant
  • Accomplished and novice storytellers swapped stories under the oaks
2014:
  • More than 1,600 people attended Charleston Tells-sponsored events
  • 40+ storytelling and musical performances offered during the 2014 Festival weekend
  • 750+ students at five area schools were entertained with performances by guest national tellers
  • Accomplished and novice tellers spun tales during a special Story Swap Under The Oaks
 2013:
  • More than 1,700 people attended inaugural 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 guest national tellers
  • 25% of Festival attendees were from outside Charleston County
 Check out these Festival reviews:
"It was absolutely grand.
What a wonderful day."
 
"Excellent.
Far exceeded my expectations."

- 2014 Festival attendees

Donald Davis
"It was awesome."
 
 
"The storytellers and the atmosphere (were highlights).
Big kudos to everyone at CCPL."

- 2014 Festival attendees
"An exceptional experience."
 

"Inspiring and educational (with)
thought-provoking performances."
 
- 2014 Festival attendees 
 
Chetter Galloway
 
Carolyn White
 
Hector Qirko's Imaginary Band
"My wife and I, along with three friends from Columbia, attended the festival, and it was wonderful ... We will put it on the calendar for next year."

- 2013 Festival attendees 
 
Diane Ferlatte
 
Syd Lieberman

 "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, 2013 featured national storyteller, author and recording artist  

 

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