Tampa/Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival

2020 Featured Teller: Orisirisi African Folklore
2020 Featured Teller: Orisirisi African Folklore

2020 Featured Teller: Orisirisi African Folklore

Orisirisi African Folklore is an awe-inspiring African adventure rooted in the history, culture, and traditions of Africa, inclusive of folktales, legends, and myths, spirited drumming, dance and song, children’s games, lectures on special topics, and a healthy dose of the obligatory African tradition of audience participation. The nationally and internationally acclaimed performing arts and educational initiative was founded in 1986 by husband and wife team Don and Tutu Harrell, with the expressed purpose of sharing the beauty and poignancy of African life and culture.

Since inception the company has provided its unique brand of folklore, for countless people from a vast array of demographics and cultural specific backgrounds at primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, festivals, churches, libraries, museums, conferences, corporate and teacher in-services, television and radio programs, theme parks, and special events, while exhibiting an unwavering commitment to the needs of the individual, the group, the community, and society at large.

PERFORMANCES:

Moonlight Stories
Moonlight Stories is a child-centered recreation of the African storytelling tradition, inclusive of mesmerizing African drumming and dance, spirited call and response songs, and fun-filled audience participation. Though child-centered this engaging theatrical production appeals to the child’s-heart in everyone, the audience will meet Dog and Turtle, The Wolf and The Three Kids, Anansi and His Six Sons or other unforgettable characters, as Orisirisi spends yarns that none one will soon forget!

Drum Sermons 
Drum Sermons is a celebration of music that recounts its origin and makes clear how it came to live in our hearts. This informative yet entertaining African adventure is inclusive of stories from the far corners of the African continent, spirited drumming, dance, and song, hand drumming instruction, an introduction to some of Africa’s most popular instruments, and a healthy dose of the  obligatory African tradition of audience participation

Contact Us

Jason Rogers
c/o Tampa-Hillsborough County Library
102 E. 7th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
info@tampastory.org
813-204-2659

What the Festival contributes:

Expanding public awareness …

That the TAMPA-HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY STORYTELLING FESTIVAL has successfully expanded public awareness of storytelling is made clear by the growing crowds at the culminating Festival.Announcements of the culminating Festival reach a wide range of people through the media contacted in the marketing campaign. Sponsors, which range from The Tampa Tribune to radio stations and broadcast and cable television stations, carry Festival advertisements for free.

See a Map


Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library, Home of the 40th Annual Hillsborough County-Tampa Storytelling Festival: 1505 Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33602

Countdown!

hourglass186 days and counting until the 40th Annual Storytelling Festival is here!

What they’re saying:

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“This [Festival] is a wonderful opportunity to see and hear storytelling at its best by some terrific young talent. Great job Storytellers!”

— Deanna Long, Festival Attendee

In Memory

Virginia RiversThe Annual Tampa-Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival is dedicated to the memory of Virginia Rivers