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3rd Annual Storytellers' Conference

Announcing our 3rd Annual


Jakarta 2-3 November 2020

Our Logo: 

features silhouettes of MONAS, the National Monument in Jakarta, which celebrates Indonesia's road to freedom, and Borobudur, the UNESCO World Heritage Buddhist site close to Jogjakarta, whose design is inspired by the pilgrim's journey  to Nirvana.

Why The Journey?

We are adopting the metaphor of a journey    as a theme for the Conference.

  • it relates to our personal journeys as storytellers, 
  • every participant will chart their own course through the Conference and its workshops    (see the story below!)
  • FEAST itself is on a journey, and the Conference   is always travelling
However, we do not expect that every workshop will  tie explicitly to the theme! 

a story by architect Frank Lloyd Wright

An Uncle, a serious, respectable no-nonsense type, had taken him for a long winter walk through the countryside. After they’d crossed a large, snow-covered field, the Uncle told Wright to look back and compare their two tracks.

The Uncle pointed out how the boy’s footprints zig-zagged aimlessly from the trees, to the cattle, to the fence, to the spot where he’d been tossing sticks at a rock. Whereas the Uncle’s path was purposeful – straight across the field, direct to the gate.

“Set your goal and never lose sight of it! This is an important lesson you should never forget!” urged the Uncle.

“And I never did!” Wright added, “I made up my mind right there not to miss most things in life, as my Uncle had.”

adapted from Everyday Greatness (Reader's Digest)


 31 October Welcome Dinner
 1 November Indonesia International Storytelling Festival
 2/3 November Storytellers' Conference
 4 November Travel Day to Jogjakarta (1-hour flight)
 5/6/7 November Story Camp in Jogjakarta
 7 November

 Jogja International Storytelling Showcase 
 sharing stories among the pine trees!

 8 November 

 Return home (or continue to explore Java or Bali - one hour flight)

Please note the differences between this year’s schedule and our first two Conferences

  • The Conference is on a Monday and Tuesday, and comes after the Indonesia International Storytelling Festival (held on Sunday 1st)This is to avoid the major disruption that midday prayers would cause if we held the Conference on a Friday. 
  • The Welcome Dinner is before the Storytelling Festival on the Saturday night (31st October), not the night before the Conference. We encourage all conference participants to attend the Festival too to see many tellers in action!
  • For the very first time, FEAST is planning a post-conference event. We are working on the details!  We are currently calling it a Story Camp as we discuss the balance between a retreat (usually an intense get-together for  a relatively small group of people) and a story-cation which would appeal to a larger group and incorporate some culture/sight-seeing elements*  The opportunity to work on/share stories an(d receive feedback form our peers is likely to be a core feature of the time spent together.

*Jogjakarta is the cultural heart of Java, and is close to the Perambanan (Hindu) and Borobudur (Buddhist) temple complexes, as well as being renowned for its visual art, carving, batik, dance and silver-work. It's the Ubud of Java!


  • An OPEN CALL for WORKSHOP PROPOSALS will be issued by 1st February
  • A call for MEMBERS to submit a story for the next FEAST story anthology will be issued by 1st February
  • Details of the post Conference extension will be available by 15 April.
  • Registration for the Conference will open in June.

The Federation of Asian Storytellers Ltd is a non-profit company established in Singapore in June 2018.

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