Tampa/Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival

2018 Featured Teller: Kuniko Yamamoto
Goals and Objectives

Goals and Objectives

  • To renew and promote the art of storytelling for children and adults.
  • To introduce some of the best stories in the oral tradition to children and adults.
  • To develop self-confidence and public speaking skills in children.
  • To involve special populations such as the elderly, the handicapped, speakers of English as a second language, and black communities in the renewal of this art.
  • To better prepare children for participation in the art by providing in-service training in the art of storytelling for recreation leaders, librarians, and teachers.
  • To bring to the Tampa area a festival introducing folk tradition as presented through the telling and hearing of good stories; using the local talent of Hillsborough County.

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Contact Us

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

What the Festival contributes:

Showcasing storytelling for diverse audiences

A storyteller who tells using American Sign Language has been added to the roster of professional tellers at the culminating Festival. This service to the hearing impaired community also raises awareness of storytelling’s many faces.Bilingual Spanish storytelling has been an integral part of the Festival for many years. In 1998 the Festival opened a multilingual storytelling area. Stories in Spanish and English, French and English, African languages and English, American Sign Language and English were featured in this area. In the spring the City of Tampa Parks & Recreation Department sponsors a weekly Friday night concert. The national teller is highlighted during the concert on the Friday night before the Festival. Thus the Festival is promoted in a very active and entertaining way to music concert-goers who may not hear of the Festival otherwise.

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Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library, Home of the 38th Annual Hillsborough County-Tampa Storytelling Festival: 1505 Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33602

Countdown!

hourglass127 days and counting until the 38th 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