PRESS RELEASE: National Black Storytelling Festival & Conference – Nov. 17th-21st, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

BLACK STORYTELLERS CELEBRATE 28 YEARS
“In the Tradition…”
National Black Storytelling Festival and Conference

Minneapolis/St. Paul will be the center of the Black Storytelling world! On November 17 – 21, 2010, The National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc. (NABS) along with their Minneapolis-based affiliate, BLACK STORYTELLERS’ ALLIANCE, will present the 28th “In the Tradition…” Annual National Black Storytelling Festival and Conference” at The Minneapolis Marriott City Center and throughout the Twin Cities community. This year’s theme, in honor of their Ancestors and traditions, will proclaim “Our Stories Are The Breath of Life!”

Master Storytellers, as well as, beginners, storytellers with instruments and storytellers who dance, storytellers of all styles will be on hand to entertain, inspire, educate and enliven the myths, recite the poems and recount the History of a people. They will come from throughout the nation, as well as, the African Diaspora. Local Twin Cities storytellers and other artists will participate in celebrating the Black storytelling legacy in Minnesota, the nation and throughout the world!

The National Association of Black Storytellers is proud to present this one-of-a-kind event for the first time in Minnesota. Thousands of youth and adults, schools and libraries, will experience – “In the Tradition…” – the spirit of Black Storytelling. Festival and Conference goers will find themselves mesmerized with a unique learning experience in storytelling workshops during the day and enjoy performances of nationally renowned Black storytellers in concerts in the evenings. The Twin Cities public and attendees from all over the country are invited and encouraged to participate and attend. The highlights are –

ADOPT-A-TELLER: Storytellers available to perform in local schools, libraries and for organizations all week long.

WORKSHOPS:
For the teller, for the youth, for the teacher, for the librarian, for the spiritual leader, for the community service provider covering varied interests in and levels of storytelling.

OPENING GALA, STORYTELLING CONCERT AND LOVE CIRCLE: Traditional opening with stories, music, dance and an honoring of the ancestors.

AFRICAN AMERICAN MARKET PLACE/KARAMU CORNER: Cultural clothing, instruments, jewelry and more! Storytelling, demonstrations, games and culture “talk” sharing as would be occurring at any marketplace.

VILLAGE STORYTELLING CONCERT: Our thirteen Affiliates from all over the country will share their unique regional and cultural flare as they weave their stories. A crowd pleaser!!

LIARS’ CONTEST/AUCTION:
Festival Favorite! Members and the Twin Cities community compete sharing their fantastic fabrications.

ZORA NEALE HURSTON AWARD AND STORYTELLING CONCERT: An evening storytelling concert.

UNITY CIRCLE: Sacred stories and traditional closing bring the weekend to an end.

In 1982, nationally renowned storytellers – beloved Mary Carter Smith of Baltimore, Maryland, and esteemed Linda Goss of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – founded “In the Tradition…” National Black Storytelling Festival and Conference. These visionaries then created the National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc., so that more opportunities would be afforded the African American Storyteller to perpetuate the African oral tradition and preserve the folklore of African people.

The first “In the Tradition…” A Festival of Black Storytelling was held at Morgan State University in Baltimore in 1983. Since then the Festival and Conference has traveled around the nation; most recently, New Orleans (’04), Tampa (’05), San Diego (’06), Atlanta (‘07), Cincinnati (’08), Little Rock (’09) and now MINNEAPOLIS/ST PAUL!

11 “FORMAL” STORYTELLING PERFORMANCES! INDIVIDUAL STORYTELLING CONCERT TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR! COME JOIN US!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Visit WWW.NABSINC.ORG
OR
Dylan Pritchett at 757-561-6658, aesop@widomaker.com
Vusumuzi Zulu at 612-529-5864, vzulu@blackstorytellers.com
Bunjo Butler at 443-622-0273, bunjobutler@gmail.com

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