Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival, Inc. is organized exclusively for educational and charitable purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, and, more specifically, to provide meaningful opportunities for an underserved audience to engage with the voices of Appalachia through hearing stories and attending workshops that will enable them to develop a cultural intelligence through the arts of listening and speaking.
The Annual Festival
The Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival showcases the art of Southern storytelling with an emphasis on Appalachian stories, both traditional and contemporary. Festival events include two days of outstanding storytelling performances; workshops for students and visitors to learn storytelling, speaking, and performance skills such as how to connect with audiences through humor and how to find your own voice as a speaker; special programming for young children; a display of quilts by local quilters to showcase the stories shared in this art form; and much more. Visitors will not only learn about the tradition and history of our region through storytelling, but will also have the opportunity to become part of its preservation. Each year, the festival brings five nationally known, award-winning storytellers to north Georgia.
We are committed to making this festival available to everyone who wishes to attend. Tickets are free to everyone 18 and under and discounted for senior citizens. Other discounts are available too, and regularly-priced tickets are no more than $20/day.
As we grow, we are expanding our community outreach programs to serve a variety of groups who can benefit from the healing nature of storytelling. In 2018, we will offer a free workshop for military veterans.