Texas Storytelling Festival wraps up on personal note

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Japanese storyteller Motoko used Japanese folklore in her story on Sunday at the Denton Civic Center to better connect with attendees. The 28th annual Texas Storytelling Festival concluded Sunday, with Motoko delivering the last story of the festival.

The 28th annual Texas Storytelling Festival concluded Sunday with storytellers sharing personal and intimate details about their lives to illustrate that behind everyone’s outward appearance, the same fears, responsibilities and desire to be loved exist.

The festival, which began Thursday, was held at the Denton Civic Center and included concerts and workshops led by seasoned storytellers who taught attendees how to tell a good story and how to connect with an audience.

On Sunday, about 100 people were in attendance, with their eyes glued to the main stage, seeming to absorb the moral of each storyteller’s message

Storyteller Jacqui Rash kicked off the Sacred Tales Concert, telling a story to illustrate how sometimes the obstacles and challenges experienced by others can help put a person’s own obstacles in perspective.

Rash said she loves celebrating birthdays and was depressed when she didn’t get a cake, until something an acquaintance told her changed her outlook.

“When he told me he had cancer, it made me realize how silly birthdays really are. Just because you don’t get cake on your birthday, it’s not the end of the world,” she said.

Featured storyteller Motoko closed the storytelling festival by sharing the charm of her Japanese folktales.

She made the audience laugh using exaggerations to explain the differences in how men and women love. She said women sometimes love too much, while sometimes men love too many.

“They often try to diversify their portfolio, if you know what I mean,” she said with a laugh.

All joking aside, Motoko explained to the audience that a person doesn’t have to be defined or discouraged by his or her surroundings.

“Like a lotus flower that grows out of the mud and blossoms above the muddy water surface, we can rise above,” she said.

The event was hosted by the Tejas Storytelling Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of storytelling.

Association officials said this year’s festival was a success and that they are already planning next year’s festival.

Organizers of the festival said the event was made possible by the city of Denton, the city’s parks and recreation department, the Denton Benefit League, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Greater Denton Arts Council, the Arts Guild of Denton and other various business and community partnes.

More information about the association can be found by visiting www.tejasstorytelling.com .

JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882. His e-mail address is jharden@dentonrc.com .

 


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