World Storytelling Day

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Wed. 3/3 5:30 PM SOUTH AFRICA - Plettenberg Bay - 'Call on the Wind' Join us for an afternoon of magical tales and puppetry and an evening of tall tales, folklore and entertainment by candlelight. Come to listen or to be heard. 4.-5.30pm - Children's Storytelling 5.30 - 7pm - Picnic on the lawn as you watch the s... more
Sat. 3/6 3:00 PM Light up the World with Stories

Karen Gummo will present stories from around the World at Ten Thousand Villages Store. Crowchild Trail N.W. Come with your listening ears  to light up the planet.

Wed. 3/10 8:30 PM Canada: The Shadows of Norse Mythology

 7 pm Nose Hill Library Northmount Dr.N.W. Calgary – 15 minute presentation by Karen Gummo - story circle to follow $3.00

Thu. 3/11 8:30 PM Canada: Halifax, N.S. - Upstairs Stories at Just Us! Cafe

The Storytellers Circle of Halifax celebrates World Storytelling Day with stories of Light and Shadow and other tales.  Listeners are absolutely essential!  Free. All welcome.

9:00 PM Canada: St. John's Storytelling Circle

St. John's Storytelling Circle celebrates World Storytelling Day, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, 7:30 pm, The Crow's Nest Officers Club.

Sat. 3/13 9:00 AM Canada: Scherezade and the Hurdy Gurdy

Cassy Welburn, Mary Hays and Barb Dwyer – 7:30 pm Coburn Hall – Olds $15.00

12:30 PM MEXICO: DIA MUNDIAL DE LA NARRACIÓN DE CUENTOS We are going to celebrate in company of one of the most important storytellers in Mexico, "Tío Patota", he is going to present "All donkeys are Platero" referring to the donkey of the book called "Platero y yo" which was written by Juan Ramon ... more
1:30 PM USA: Texas Storytelling Festival On Saturday March 13, World Storytelling Day will be celebrated at the 25th Annual Texas Storytelling Festival in Denton, TX. Though the theme for WSD is "Light and Shadow," at festival the open mike event will allow storytellers - seasoned and firs... more
Tue. 3/16 11:30 AM Feira de Histórias: Luz e Sombras (Story's Fair: Light and Darkness) Saturday, from 11:00 am to 13:00 pm, all storytellers of Belo Horizonte are invited to join in the Fair - the weekly event that happens for 3 years already - and tell stories. Also, the day we are going to homage, Hulda Matos, the "Master of all Stor... more
Wed. 3/17 1:30 AM Canada: Tales of the 1001 Arabian Nights

 Cathedral of the Redeemer, 8th Ave. South and Centre St. Calgary


 Payment by donation

All day Durham Folklore Society - Two WSD concerts! ‘Light and Shadow’ is the theme for this year’s World Storytelling Day celebration with Durham Folklore Society storytellers Wednesday March 17th at Northview Branch Oshawa Public Library! Stories and music from the shadows of yeste... more
8:30 PM Estonia: Storytelling evening in Raeapteek, Tallinn

Piret Päär is telling stories and Tuule Kann playing national music

Thu. 3/18 12:30 PM Estonia: Stories from Bretgane in Sikupilli school, Tallinn

Marie Chiff´mine from Bretagne, France, is telling stories from her region, interpreted by Triinu Guerrin

7:30 PM Canada: Shadowlands of Scheherezade

Dinner and Tales of the 1001 Nights told by 4 story tellers and a musician.


Tickets $40.00 - contact Karen Gummo 403/284-0747 (


Sultan's Tent  restaurant  -   #4 – 14th St. N.W. Calgary – main flr. Kensington Mews

8:30 PM Estonia: Storytelling evening in Raeapteek, Tallinn

Marie Chiff´mine (France) is telling stories from Bretagne, her region, interpreted by Triinu Guerrin

Fri. 3/19 12:30 PM Estonia: Storytelling in Kivilinna School

Marie Chiff´mine (France) is telling stories from her region, Bretagne, interpreted by Triinu Guerrin

8:30 PM LIght & Shadow 3 tellers will gather people in for an evening house concert. We are shedding some light on shadowy tales and ballads. Contact Brenda: 905-808-3335 Donations will be made to "The Stephen Lewis Foundation's Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign... more
8:30 PM Estonia: Evening of Hungarian stories in the building of Filiae Patria

András Berecz is telling the Hungarian stories, interpreted by Krisztina Tóth. 

8:30 PM Light the Shadows: Pajama Party Wear your comfy nightie, snazzy pajamas or fuzzy slippers to celebrate World Storytelling Day. Cuddle close with your family to enjoy stories told the world wide. Featuring professional teller - author, Yvonne Healy, and local students. Info@Michiga... more
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