All of these events share one common mission: to use storytelling as a way to encourage world change. No matter our culture, we all have telling experiences that contribute to our identities. How many of our stories are similar to those of our national and international neighbors?
Each of these festivals aims to prove that we are not so different. We all experience love, pain, loss, and joy in an infinite number of ways. Storytelling is the oldest form of historical preservation, of self-expression, and it remains an art form around the world.
Here are five major international storytelling festivals worth checking over the next year.