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Festivals offer lots of talent

Denton has established a reputation across the country as being a city where creative people want to be, and this weekend will provide plenty of opportunities to check out some fantastic talent.

Thanks to two major festivals — 35 Denton and the Texas Storytelling Festival — there will be much for all ages to see and do.

Both festivals get under way today and continue through Sunday. We encourage you to check them out.

Most people who come to 35 Denton do so to see their favorite musical acts — and to discover new ones — and this year will offer plenty of opportunities to do both. Judging from a quick look at the schedule, there should be plenty to explore and enjoy at this year’s event, which will be held at various venues in the heart of Denton.

Like we said, one of the festival’s strong points is providing opportunities to discover something new, so get out there and give a listen. You might just find a new favorite sound.

If and when you decide to take a break from the music, why not check out the Texas Storytelling Festival? Now entering its 28th year, the festival offers a perfect opportunity to rediscover one of the most traditional forms of entertainment.

This year’s festival will be held at the Denton Civic Center, located at the intersection of McKinney Street and Bell Avenue.

You can enjoy ghost stories, story concerts, workshops and more from an assortment of accomplished storytellers including DeCee Cornish, Willy Claflin, Andy Offutt Irwin and Motoko. A dozen workshops will be conducted throughout the festival, and on Sunday morning there will be sacred stories from various spiritual traditions.

If you’ve never been to a storytelling event, you really should give it a try.

“It is unique in that it focuses on story, which is the grandmother of everything we know, of all the arts,” said Elizabeth Ellis, artistic director for the festival. “All communication is built on the story.”

“Stories tell us who we are … keep hope alive. In this day and age, that in and of itself is a reason for listening.”

We couldn’t agree more, and we plan on dropping by the Civic Center to take full advantage of this opportunity.

But we also plan on grabbing that 35 Denton schedule we mentioned so we can check out plenty of the music and other opportunities provided by this festival.

There’s one thing for sure: Denton is the place to be this weekend. So get ready to welcome our visitors and make them feel at home. The best way to do that is to join in the fun and excitement.

We’ll look forward to seeing you at the festivals.