Many people do not realize that Georgia has wild, beautiful mountains that are home to a rich legacy of Appalachian culture. Young Harris College will celebrate Appalachian culture, particularly the spoken word tradition, during the first annual Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival to be held on the college campus April 10-11, 2015.
The Festival will feature some of the brightest stars in storytelling, including Lloyd Arneach, Lyn Ford, Hannah Harvey, Andy Offutt Irwin, Bil Lepp, Minton Sparks, Cayce Terrell, Tom Lawrence, Jr., and Sweet Sunny South. Listeners of all ages will learn about the fascinating cultural history of Appalachia through storytelling and have the opportunity to become part of its preservation. Performances by featured tellers will enrich and educate listeners. Workshops taught by the tellers will enable festival-goers to claim their own voices and become storytellers themselves. The Festival will bring all of us a little closer together by showing that, as individuals and families, we share many of the same dreams, the same aspirations, the same stories.