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2016 - Ojai Storytelling Festival Sabbatical Year

More than a festival. It’s an experience…

Ojai Storytelling Festival
Welcome to the 16th annual Ojai Storytelling Festival. This year’s festival is literally going to be a trip. Our tellers will be taking you on a journey around the world on the wings of story. No passports needed… just your imagination. No bags to pack, just your own suitcase of dreams. Charlie Chin takes us to ancient China, Vijai Nathan to India, Andy Irwin to a land of laughter, Donald Davis to the Crack of Dawn, Regi Carpenter to lands near and far, Minton Sparks to the poetical and musical South, and Clare Murphy to the Emerald Isle. We are planning some special events to go with this year's theme of traveling our global village of tales. So if enjoy traveling, come join us for an unforgettable weekend filled with savory delights and unexpected adventures. It’s not just a festival, it’s an experience.

The Topa Topa peaks tower in the distance. Fragrant orange blossoms fill the air. A canopy of majestic oaks reaches overhead. Downtown Ojai welcomes visitors to its charming shops, galleries and cafes.

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“I recently dreamed that I awoke in a beautiful casa surrounded by trees dripping with oranges, grapefruit, avocado and figs that were mine for the picking. I shopped in one of a kind boutiques full of lovely, unique creations from all over the globe. I was wined and dined on exotic foods with strange and delicious names. I dreamed I spun yarns, both true and make believe, to a multitude of lovely smiling faces that laughed delightfully and wiped tears with dignity. Then I opened my eyes to find that it wasn't a dream at all. I was there! In the beautiful California hills at the Ojai Storytelling Festival. What a dream, what a magical dream!”

— Suzi Whaples, storyteller


The Village of Tales Ojai Storytelling Festival is brought to you by Performances to Grow On - We put the World on Stage