Lititz Storytelling Festival returns Oct. 20-21

By on September 27, 2017

Charlotte Blake Alston, of Philadelphia, will be sharing traditional and contemporary stories from African and African American traditions this year at the Lititz Storytelling Festival.

The Warwick Education Foundation will presents its annual Lititz Storytelling Festival on Oct. 20 and 21 this year.

Now in its sixth year, the event has developed into a premier showcase for the art of storytelling and has garnered a Mid-Atlantic Spotlight Award from the National Storytelling Network. All stories are performed, rather than simply read, creating a truly interactive experience for the audience and recalling the vanishing art of oral tradition.

The 2017 festival features an international line-up. Attendees will hear exuberant stories of growing up by Bill Harley; powerful First Nation stories by Dovie Thomason; classic folk tales with an “Affrilachian” twist by Lyn Ford; hilarious, heartfelt stories by Andy Offutt Irwin, and traditional and contemporary stories from African and African American traditions by Charlotte Blake Alston.

Each storyteller will perform at three concerts and present different stories at each concert. Attendees can learn from the masters and hone their own storytelling skills at concurrent workshops, or sign up for the Story Swap to present their own story. The Story Swap is open to all levels of experience.

After five years of tireless effort, founders Brenda Burkholder and David Worth developed and steadily grew the Lititz Storytelling Festival into a must-attend event. The Warwick Education Foundation is honored to have been asked to continue to build upon Brenda and Dave’s vision and success.

“The Lititz Storytelling Festival has something for everyone, regardless of age,” says Barbara Mobley, executive director for the Warwick Education Foundation. “Not to mention, ‘America’s Coolest Small Town’ provides the perfect backdrop for the event. We invite you to come for the weekend, relax, explore our award-winning community, and experience the wit, wisdom and wonder of exceptional storytelling!”

The Lititz Storytelling Festival will be held at the Warwick Middle School Auditorium. The venue offers comfortable seating, a state-of-the-art sound system, and accessible parking. All seats are general admission

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