Danville Storytelling Festival

Danville Storytelling Festival

Storytelling Festival LogoIt's an art that is as old

as the spoken word.


Celebrate this entertaining and informative tradition as host Fred Motley, coordinator of Danville's annual Storytelling Festival, shares storytelling highlights that feature Danville history from the African American community.

19th Annual Storytelling Festival - 2021

As part of the 19th Annual Danville Storytelling Festival, the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History and Duke Center for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation are pleased to offer a Virtual UNESCO Story Circle on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 11:00-12:30 pm. This event is an initial step to build intercultural competence and promote racial healing within Danville. Through the sharing of personal stories and guided prompts, Story Circles aim to build the skills, attitudes, and behaviors needed to improve interactions across lines of difference and borders. Please RSVP below to join us!

UNESCO Story Circle RSVP Form

The Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation at Duke University

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Fred Motley
18th Annual Storytelling Festival - 2020

Raconteurs, musicians and crowds were drawn to the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History on Saturday to share stories, music and merriment as part of the museum’s 18th annual Storytelling Festival. Performers told stories — and some jokes — around the museum’s exhibits and strummed banjos and fiddles as well as played drums to pay homage to influential multicultural musicians and storytelling traditions of the Dan River Region.