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Hampton, Virginia, a city rich in history, is also a city rich in stories. For almost 30 years Hampton has been a city uniquely focused on the importance of its neighborhoods, but the stories of those neighborhoods and their residents have yet to be celebrated. Storytelling, an art that has gained much recent popularity across the country, is a significant opportunity to showcase the individuals and stories that make Hampton special.

This festival is designed to introduce the art of storytelling at Hampton’s grassroots levels in order to make storytelling a viable part of the city’s culture. It will broaden understanding among residents and contribute to strengthening communications within and among neighborhoods. Everybody’s Got A Story was funded in part through a grant from Virginia Humanities.

2024 Festival Schedule

5 – 7 PM | Hampton Storytelling Festival Reception

Woman’s Club of Hampton
171 Columbia Ave
Hampton, VA 23669

Storytellers: Andy Offutt Irwin, Janice “Jay” Johnson, Via Goode, Dylan Pritchett, Ray Christian, Valerie Davis, Sarah Brady

2:30 – 4:30 PM | Seniors Storytelling Program (55 years+)

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
2150 Cunningham Dr
Hampton, VA 23666

Storytellers: Andy Offutt Irwin, Janice “Jay” Johnson, Via Goode, Dylan Pritchett, Ray Christian, Valerie Davis, Sarah Brady

Deaf Interpretation Provided

7 – 9 PM | “Stories of Humor, Hope and Honor” (8 years+)

First Baptist Church Hampton
229 N King St
Hampton, VA 23669

Storytellers: Andy Offutt Irwin, Janice “Jay” Johnson, Via Goode, Dylan Pritchett, Ray Christian, Valerie Davis, Sarah Brady

Deaf Interpretation Provided

10 – 11:30 AM | “Ray’s Story: From Soldier to Scholar”

Veterans of Foreign Wars
122 E. Mellen St
Hampton, VA 23663

Storyteller: Ray Christian

1 – 2:30 PM | Story Swap

Hampton Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
40 Kings Way
Hampton, VA 23669

All ages welcome! Come and share a story (and get feedback if you wish) or come and listen (you just might tell a story yourself!)

3 – 4:30 PM | Local Storyteller Showcase

Hampton Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
40 Kings Way
Hampton, VA 23669

Come and hear local Hampton Roads storytellers with a variety of tales sure to delight all ages.

6 – 8 PM | “Stories of Humor, Hope and Honor” (8 years+)

Hampton Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
40 Kings Way
Hampton, VA 23669

Storytellers: Andy Offutt Irwin, Janice “Jay” Johnson, Via Goode, Dylan Pritchett, Ray Christian, Valerie Davis, Sarah Brady

Deaf Interpretation Provided

2 – 4 PM | Sacred Stories (10 years+)

Hampton History Museum
120 Old Hampton Ln
Hampton, VA 23669

Storytellers: Andy Offutt Irwin, Via Goode, Dylan Pritchett, Ray Christian, Valerie Davis, Sarah Brady

Deaf Interpretation Provided

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