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The Ojai Storytelling Festival Offers a Fresh and Vibrant Experience in the Oral Tradition

The Ojai Storytelling Festival, May 2-5 will be celebrating its 14th year with a stellar lineup of acclaimed storytellers from around United States.  While storytelling is an ancient art form, the Ojai Storytelling Festival presents the oral tradition in a contemporary way. Festival organizer Brian Bemel says, “Listeners will definitely hear traditional tales, but many of this year’s tellers will offer a very modern take with stories firmly rooted in today’s culture.  Here’s a snapshot of what you’ll hear…

  • Laughing Night featuring comedic tales from all the tellers
  • Family Fest featuring Grammy nominated musician, John McCutcheon followed by hand-on art activities
  • Tall Tales with Plenty of Seasoning with Bil Lepp and Carmen Deedy
  • Homespun Tales With a Twist of Ginger with Donald Davis and Motoko
  • Tunes and Tales with John McCutcheon and Street Corner Renaissance
  • Naughty Tales with Antonio Sacre and Michael Reno Harrell
  • Townies featuring local performers curated by Kim Maxwell offering a contemporary and quirky look at modern life

Craig Shoemaker

Donald Davis

These are some of the sights and sounds of that will make this year’s festival moving, funny, and enthralling.
The festival reaches a diverse audience and while there are some performances for children, the majority of programming is geared for adults, especially those scheduled in the evening. Audiences that enjoy riveting theatre will be quite at home listening to the real life tales of love, hope, courage and wisdom as told by the acclaimed spoken word artists at this year’s festival. An important side note, the festival celebrates stories, but there is plenty of music and movement to liven up the stage. There truly is something for everyone at the Ojai Storytelling Festival.

Tickets and information about the festival are available by phoning 805-646-8907 or online at

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