Presented by The Storytelling Centre Limited and The Arts House, StoryFest is an annual festival that celebrates and showcases a variety of styles, repertoire, and cultural arts presentations of storytelling from Singapore and around the world.
StoryFest 2021 will be a hybrid festival featuring digital and physical events hosted on our YouTube channel and at the festival venue, The Arts House. This year marks our fifth anniversary, and we're excited to share special commissions and commemorative programmes.
Each year the Festival is curated based on a different theme that explores the current trends in storytelling. This year's theme, ‘ReStory’, invites audiences to reclaim the stories that we lost the opportunity to share, reconnect with stories that bring us comfort and hope, and reimagine all the different ways to tell stories and reach people. The Festival is a space to experience the power of stories and be transported on the wings of imagination and to momentarily suspend disbelief.
The Festival features two key platforms for Local Commissions – the Young Storytellers Showcase, presenting emerging storytelling talents, and The Singapore Showcase, featuring local storytellers and familiar faces from the Singapore spoken word scene. Our Family Shows are always a participatory treat for all, with plenty of singalong stories and interactive moments for audience involvement. The Festival showcases storytelling talents from around the world and provides opportunity for cultural awareness and sharing of global narratives.
The different facets of storytelling are also explored through various workshops and presentations by practitioners in the field. The Festivals supports the application of storytelling in education, workplaces, social service sectors and other areas through specialized programming.
StoryFest 2021 is a hybrid Festival with both live events presented at The Arts House, as well as virtual programmes that reach out to a global audience.