ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The premiere Yorklyn Storytelling Festival is a lineup of nine nationally-known storytellers in the spoken-word equivalent of a major music or arts festival. Here, however, the focus is on ‘Story.’ Stories are essential to our understanding of ourselves. They define us. They connect us. They knit us together, side-by-side and down through the generations. This festival is a celebration of the genre; of the stories that enhance our lives and expand our literacy and language, our reading and writing, our history and culture, our arts and entertainment.
The Festival itself offers workshops, storytelling ‘samplers,’ an open microphone, and fun-filled storytelling concerts in Yorklyn, as well as in schools, libraries, and other venues around the region.
In addition to the ‘spoken word,’ the Yorklyn Storytelling Festival will also explore visual, written, and musical storytelling in multiple media.
The Board behind the event extends an invitation to all of our communities across age groups, cultural and socio-economic lines. Come enjoy the Festival. Hear tales told by the very best. And depart with more than a few stories of your own.
BUILDING SOMETHING UNIQUE
Our objective is to create a sustainable annual regional storytelling festival centered in Yorklyn that will initially serve the local community in northern Delaware and southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, drawing attendees from across the USA and Canada.
A 501c3 That’s All About Literacy
Our organization is ‘A 501c3 That’s All About Literacy.’ The festival will provide a focal point for literacy in the local area. Over time we seek to develop a ‘branded’ non-profit platform that will enable us to extend programming throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Further, we intend to tie our programs directly into the local public, private, and parochial schools, in addition to the charter and home school communities. We have a particular interest in bringing such programs to Title 1 schools, enabling us to impact the underserved.