Friday, February 15, 2019

10th Annual Storytelling Festival, March 1-31

Throughout the month of March, Cumberland County Public Library will host programming as part of the 10th annual Storytelling Festival, thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. This year's theme is "Storytelling through Movement."

The Storytelling Festival takes place in March 2019 and is for all ages. Programs are literacy-based and will include hands-on activities and crafts. As a free festival, these programs increase opportunities for children and their families to experience live theatre and professional performers at each library location.

Professional headliner performers for the upcoming festival include: Flow Circus, Sweet Tea Shakespeare, Stevens Puppets, Bright Star Theatre and Vicky Town. Activities will be offered at various points throughout the day, including weekend and evening performances to allow children to participate in programming with parents working various schedules.

All performers utilize the theme of movement. Flow Circus combines juggling with storytelling in an interactive show. Bright Star Theatre celebrates cultural diversity through its theatrical show “African Folktales” and the fun in “fractured fairy tales in Upcycled Cinderella.” Town utilizes movement and voices to bring storytelling to life through audience participation. Sweet Tea Shakespeare will lead a movement workshop and encourages inclusivity (one of its goals is “to provide exceptional avenues for artists and audiences of all backgrounds to take part in recovering the joys of Shakespeare and live performance”). The marionettes of Stevens Puppets demonstrate themes of love and acceptance found through traditional tales; the company’s version of “Aladdin” recognizes the value of cultural diversity through its interpretation from “Arabian Nights.”

For a full listing of library programming, please visit our calendar of events.

The Storytelling Festival is made possible in part by the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. The Arts Council's grants, programs and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources.

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