A Week-Long Bay Area Festival of Storytelling
October 2-7, 2017
You’ll come face to face with a lot of great stories during Your Real Stories’ fourth annual Story Days in Tampa Bay, October 2-7. Venues on both sides of the Bay promise real life stories told, sung, danced, slammed, talked about and enjoyed in exhibits, performances, documentaries and over food!
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STORY DAYS IN TAMPA BAY 2017
There is nothing more compelling than a real life story and few things that connect people faster or better. Your Real Stories and our festival partners are creating six days of free and ticketed storytelling activities that show us the transforming power of stories, coach the crafts of writing and producing for a digital world, and reward us with musical, theatrical, and dance performances as well as poetry and visual arts every day.
Deploying its signature model of theatrical journalism, Your Real Stories presents HURRICANE IRMA STORIES on Tuesday, October 3. By providing a creative environment in which to share one another’s challenges and witness our fears and triumphs in the face of the storm, audience members have the opportunity to experience their own stories as an immediate work of art that allows everyone present to listen to one another and to process, and heal, and celebrate. Bring your Irma stories- the frightening ones, the sad ones, the funny ones and join Your Real Stories in creating an evening of theater before your very eyes. Your donations will benefit freeFall Theatre’s “Raise The Roof” Fund.
You can get a glimpse into the lives of local residents as you follow the Know Your Neighbors: An All City Photo Trail installed in public libraries throughout the area. Start at the Main Library at 3745 9th Ave. N. in St. Pete and visit five libarary locations around Pinellas County.
CLICK HERE for the 2017 Photo Trail Brochure
Interested in writing? On Wednesday, Roy Peter Clark and YourRealStories present Roy’s writing workshop IF I CAN SING, YOU CAN WRITE in the American Stage Theatre lobby. Saturday, October 7, learn to write down your own story by signing up for the KeepStPeteLit Memoir Writing Workshop at the Morean Arts Center..
Music, Art, Poetry and Dance feature prominently in the week-long stroytelling festival. On Thursday, October 5, join the get-down SHOW LOVE, BE LOVE, an open mic poetry slam hosted by Kitchen Table Literary Arts at SubCentral at the Iberian Rooster in St Petersburg. There are also two collaborative art/music/dance and poetry/dance performance pieces scheduled at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Pete.
New to STORY DAYS this year, the Inaugural Film Screening at the Dail Museum on Wednesday, October 4, features selections from Tampa Bay Times award winning photojournalists and their new series: Everyday Tampa Bay, as well as a premiere of a new dance film short by Rogue Dance, featuring Kellie Harmon.
Producers, Writers, Filmmakers, Photographers…Will a Studio Invest in You? Got an idea for a new film, Netflix series, book or podcast? Or just thinking about producing your own family’s story? You’ll want to meet Internationally recognized author, researcher, and digital media expert, Andrew W. Thornhill of Seattle-based Thornhill Design Laboratory, when he returns to Tampa Bay to deliver his industry-leading, highly interactive and engaging seminar on Saturday, October 7. Find out how to take the next step and the step after that to create a winning proposal and get it funded! Limited seating, so register soon!
As each day of the festival winds down follow us to a number of local restaurant and pub partners. As always, food and drink have a central role in Story Days in Tampa Bay. Watch this page for the after-party details each day.
Storytelling events are being scheduled by local museums, arts organizations, theatres, businesses, universities, and community groups. Become part of the Story Days in Tampa Bay 2017 event schedule and check for updates by returning to www.yourrealstories.org.
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