New Story Festival brings together community, creativity and the common good —
September 22, 2020

New Story Festival brings together community, creativity and the common good

Carrie Rodriguez will be a New Story Festival headliner

On March 29-31, experience the New Story Festival, a new annual gathering for a better world embodying imagination, spirituality, social action, and playful connection–defined above all by the practice of love.

Believing that “the best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better,” the New Story Festival seeks to lead us into a better story – one that encourages growth and liberation, healing and harmony; a story where the downtrodden are uplifted and everyone is included. Artists, activists, teachers, and practitioners for spiritual/emotional health will gather along with numerous other social innovators to share their creativity, practices, and stories at a three-day outdoor festival on the campus of Huston-Tillotson University. There will be music, art and stories, speakers and workshops, and conversations both formal and spontaneous.

 The festival is nurtured into being by artists, activists, and leaders with experience in international peace-building, local activism and community organizing, health, wholeness, spirituality and personal growth–friends and guides who want to share their wisdom and enthusiasm with others. The festival is spiritually inclusive, inviting all who share these values to join in shaping a better world. Those from historically marginalized groups – women, persons of color, indigenous peoples, immigrants, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those of differing abilities – are an especially integral part of both the leadership and programming.

There will be words and ideas, sound and vision, laughter and dancing, intimate conversations and moments of silence – a temporary embodiment of a story whose energy will last the whole year round.

The festival program including nationally-known headline speakers as well as influential local leaders. Additionally, each evening will feature high-profile music acts while the day times will be filled with inspiring sounds from local up-and-comers.

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