13th Annual Storytelling Festival: “Keeping the Oral History Alive”
The 13th Annual Storytelling Festival: “Keeping the Oral History Alive” will be held Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History in Danville, Virginia. This festival is a family oriented, multi-generational event meant to inspire and bring together the entire community. Organized by the Cultural Arts Ensemble, the festival is free and open to the public. Storytellers, called “Griots”, are located in the Museum’s galleries, telling stories throughout the day.
“Keeping Oral History Alive” brings together a rich tradition of oral storytelling as well as performances by the Kuumba Dance Company. The Griots are drawn from across the region.
This year the storytellers are Madafo Lloyd Wilson, Robin Kitson, Josephus Thompson, Logie Meachum, and the event’s organizer, Fred Motley. The festival will begin with Patricia Hall and the Kuumba Dance Company. The Cultural Arts Ensemble will also recognize individuals who through their careers and their community activism have inspired social and economic progress within the City of Danville and surrounding areas.
This year’s event is supported in part by the Morotock Arts and Cultural Fund and the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region.