About World Storytelling Day

The purpose behind World Storytelling Day is to celebrate of the art of storytelling globally. The prime focus of this page is to offer information on World Storytelling Day. Read on.


Every year, World Storytelling Day is observed on the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere and on the first day of autumn equinox in the southern. On this day, people from all over the world, come together to tell and listen to stories in many different languages, covering as many places as possible, during the same day and night. Members
not only learn from each other, but also create international contacts.

What is significant about World Storytelling Day is that it is the first global festival of storytelling of its kind. It helps to build links between storytellers working far away from each other. It has also been successful in attracting public and media attention to storytelling as an art form.

Getting on with details on World Storytelling Day, its roots originate from Sweden, in 1991-2. During that time, an event was arranged in Sweden called "Alla berättares dag" on March 20. Although the Swedish national storytelling network didn’t remain active some time after, but the day remained alive. In 1997, storytellers in Perth, Western Australia organized a five-week long Celebration of Story. During the same time, in South American countries and Mexico and other, the National Day of Storytellers

 was already celebrated on March 20.


Around 2001, the Scandinavian storytelling web-network, Ratatosk got started. The event eventually spread from Sweden to Norway, Denmark, Finland and Estonia in 2003.

The idea soon caught on and spread to Canada and other countries. Today, the event has become known as World Storytelling Day internationally.



In 2005, the World Storytelling Day had an impressive finale on Sunday March the 20th. With 25 countries on 5 continents participating, the program grew further. In 2007, a storytelling concert was held for the first time in Newfoundland, Canada. In 2008, the Netherlands participated in World Storytelling Day with a huge event called 'Vertellers in de Aanval' . Three thousand kids were happily surprised by the unexpected appearance of storytellers in their classrooms.

The brief information on World Storytelling Day in this article would have surely shed light on the rising global popularity of the event.

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