Public invited to storytelling festival

Storytellers from all over Utah will be at the American West Heritage Center Friday and Saturday for the Utah Storytelling Guild’s annual StorySwap, a storytelling festival. David Sidwell, president of the Guild’s Bridgerland Chapter and chief organizer, says the public is invited to the free Storytelling Concert Friday at 7 p.m. “You’ll hear various storytellers at that festival,” Sidwell says. “You’ll hear a gentleman who plays the Indian flute. You’ll hear just regular good storytellers. “There’s a family who comes, they tell stories together. It’s a woman and her two daughters and they’re marvelous.” Sidwell will give the keynote address Saturday and the rest of the day will include hearing stories and attending various workshops. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Wednesday, Sidwell said storytelling is an ancient art and the entire world is in the midst of a Renaissance in storytelling as the art is growing in both popularity and skill.

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