The Oklahoma City Arts Council has announced that "Winter Tales" 2009 will be the finale for this concert and learning event begun in the 1980's. It will transition to a fall event and be renamed the OKLAHOMA CITY STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

"After this final performance, WinterTales will be renamed the Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival and moved permanently to the fall. This year, the new festival will be held Sept. 11 to 12 and will include multiple tellers and performers, workshops and family matinees. "

That means Oklahoma will be home to TWO storytelling festivals in the summer and fall and the annual TELLABRATION events in Novemeber!

In June mark the first Friday and Saturday for the "SPIRIT OF OKLAHOMA STORYTELLING FESTIVAL" in Seminole on the campus of Seminole State College. This event sponsored by the state story organization, The Territory Tellers, will continue to bring in nationally and internationally acclaimed tellers but also showcase the grand names and rising stars from among Oklahoma storytelling talent.

In September, mark the dates for the new OKLAHOMA CITY STORYTELLING FESTIVAL on Sept. 11, 12. The OKC Arts Council group will continue its tradition of bringing in out of state artists to entertain and provide educational opportunities.

Then look for annoucements for celebrations of story via the TELLABRATION events where Oklahomans join tellers and audiences world wide in a mega evening of storytelling!


Tim said...

So why the move from Winter to Fall?

Anonymous said...

The story that we have heard is that it is part of a replanning on the total OKC Arts Program and budget. They are said to be looking at branding themselves with seasonal events spread across the year in a more productive and successful manner. "WinterTales", (says the rumor mill) due to a combination of frequent bad weather, loss of funding to the librarians and teachers who were frequent attendees, and loss of energy was said to have been doing poorly of late years. The true story may be somewhere in between all of that...