Weber State Hosts 23rd Storytelling Festival

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University’s award-winning Storytelling Festival will bring performances from around the world to Northern Utah Feb. 25-27.

Jasmin Cardenas is a Colombian-American bilingual
storyteller, actress, educator, and social activist.

The unique festival brings together national, regional and youth storytellers to perform in venues across Weber, Davis and Morgan counties. This year’s theme will be “Stories from My Culture.”

“The WSU Storytelling Festival is so fantastic because we are able to get the best national storytellers, while at the same time collaborating with local schools, districts and community members,” said DeAnna Mower, assistant professor of teacher education and festival chair. “Everyone finds excitement, history and entertainment in the varied stories that are shared.”

National storytellers for the 2019 festival include award-winning storyteller Ed Stivender; Israeli actress and author Noa Baum; internationally acclaimed Antonio Rocha; and actress Jasmin Cardenas.

The festival is unique because it combines the talents of both professional and youth storytellers. 

As the largest youth storytelling festival in the world, according to the National Storytelling Network, the festival highlights 70 youth storytellers from local schools every year. Youth storytellers from local charter schools as well as public schools in the Weber, Ogden, Davis and Morgan School districts compete at district festivals. The winners are invited to perform at Weber State’s festival.

Family friendly concerts will be offered at the Eccles Conference Center on Monday and Davis Conference Center on Wednesday. Thanks to generous community donors, these events are free to the public.

“If you haven’t been to the festival before, join us this time,” Mower said. “It will be on your calendar every year afterward.”

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