Chennai Storytelling Festival

Founded in 2013


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8th edition

Chennai Storytelling Festival 2020 (7 Fri - 16 Sun Feb 2020).


This would be the "College Edition" of the CSF.  All, or almost all, of the events would occur in/with colleges.  We are reaching out to colleges (in/near Chennai), professors, etc, who might like to host and collaborate regarding CSF 2020 performances, workshops, and seminars.


As suggested by NYC-based Storyteller Laura Simms, themes of CSF 2020 would include,


Providing Storytelling Training for Performance, Education, Mediation (Conflict Management), and Healing. 


Focusing on the themes of Inclusion, appreciation of Diversity, Prevention of Emotional and Physical Violence, Transforming "Bullying" in "Cooperation", and Gender Issues (equality of Male, Female, and Other). 


Featuring telling and writing stories relating to one's experiences, thoughts, feelings, and imagination.





7th edition

Chennai Storytelling Festival 2019 (Thurs 31 Jan - Sun 10 Feb 2019).


The Schedule of the Festival's 22 events is here.


Links to some photos and video recordings of CSF 2019 performances are here.


A link to a recording of CSF 2019's Videoconference Conversation

on 6th Feb 2019 about

"Storytelling for Creativity, Teaching, Training, and Healing"

and "Living, Thinking, and Telling Mythically"

is here (78 minutes).


Links to notes relating to, and recordings of, four CSF 2019 Storytelling Workshops are here.  These Workshops are:


1) "Introduction to Storytelling: Storytelling for Organising One's

Thoughts, Self-expression, and Creativity".


2) "Storytelling for Teaching-and-learning English Language".


3) "Storytelling for Teaching-and-learning Academic Subjects".


4) "Storytelling for Coaching and Counselling"


We also had a Workshop, especially for College Students, titled,

"Storytelling for Personal and Professional Success".





6th edition

Chennai Storytelling Festival 2018 (Fri 2 - Sun 11 Feb 2018),

"Storytelling for Teaching, Training, and Healing".


The first seven days of the Festival occurred at various locations around Chennai.  The final three days occurred at Loyola College.


Festival schedule (all 10 days),


Festival poster,


Festival @ Loyola College (9-11 Feb) brochure,



Festival performances on Fri 9, Sat 10, and Sun 11 Feb,


Festival workshops for adults on Sat 10 and Sun 11 Feb, - b




Photos of some the evening Performances are at,




The Festival Videoconference occurred on Tues 6 Feb 2018. 

A link to the recording is in the top listing at .


Links to 8 Newspaper (and other Media) articles about CSF 2018 are at .




Johan Liedgren's Festival Valedictory Address, "A Hippocratic Oath for Storyterllers", is at .





5th edition

Chennai Storytelling Festival 2017,

"Stories, and Styles of Storytelling, from Many Lands."


This was the 5th annual edition of the Festival

(3-12 Feb 2017).


The Poster is here.

Additional info is here.





4th edition

Chennai Storytelling Festival 2016,

"Storytelling for Communication" between cultures,

between people, and within people,


This was the 4th annual edition of the Festival

(5-14 Feb 2016).


The Poster is here.

Additional info is here.





3rd edition

Chennai Storytelling Festival 2015,

"Storytelling for Teaching and Training."


This was the 3rd annual edition of the Festival

(4-15 Feb 2015).


The Poster is here.

Additional info is here.





2nd edition

Chennai Storytelling Festival 2014,

"Storytelling and Healing."


This was the 2nd annual edition of the Festival

(7-9 Feb 2014).


The Poster is here.

Additional info is here.





1st edition

Chennai Storytelling Festival 2013,

"Teaching-and-Learning about Storytelling."


This was the 1st annual edition of the Festival

(1-3 Feb 2013).


The Poster is here.

Additional info is here.







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The Chennai Storytelling Festival

was founded, and is primarily presented,

by the World Storytelling Institute.