Festival and Conference Highlights


The 36th “In the Tradition...” 

Annual National Black Storytelling Festival and Conference


Our Storytelling Fabric: Weaving Tales From the Dismal Swamp to

"Moral Monday" Marches





altOPENING GALA & MOTHER MARY CARTER SMITH LOVE CIRCLE – The official opening of the “In theTradition…” Festival includes libation followed by the opening storytelling concert. The sacred Mother Mary Carter  Smith Love Circle culminates the evening!


altSTORYTELLING CONCERTS – Every evening and Sunday morning the finest and the foremost storytellers in
the Blackstorytelling world perform traditional and contemporary stories that energize, electrify and
fortify heart and spirit


altSTORYTELLING WORKSHOPS - Dynamic workshops for the beginner, intermediate and  advanced tellers
including tips and techniques for performance, teaching, storytelling ethics, business and drumming.


altAKWABAA GATHERING - First-Time attendees, New Members and Old-Timers gather to get tips on how to
maximize the Festival & Conference experience and get the most out of their membership in NABS!


altAFRICAN AMERICAN MARKETPLACE with NABS RESOURCE CENTER - African imports, Afro-centric wearable art, African American literature, Black art, Karamu Corner, craft demonstrations and intriguing wares.


altSUNDAY SONG FEST & MAMA LINDA SPIRITUAL STORYTELLING BREAKFAST – “Get your Praise On!”, led by Elder Ami Jackson and hear stories that will embrace your spirit and heart and follow you home.


altJACKIE TORRENCE TALL TALES CONTESTS – In honor of Jackie Torrence, the Liars’ Contest has been renamed! Yet, is still the one place Big Mama won’t mind the children tellin’ a little tall tale! Then, the adults get a chance to test their lifetime practice of the art!


altYOUTH ACTIVITIES – NABS’ Youth will enjoy workshops and other activities as well as their annual Conversation with the Elders.