"A story is a gift you give to your audience"
Asia has some countries, such as Singapore, where storytelling is supported financially, thanks to government subsidies for the arts and an awareness of the power of storytelling in diverse fields such as education, business, counselling and community development. However, in many Asian countries, would-be storytellers struggle to make an income from their skills. The thought of travelling to a conference, even on a budget airline, plus paying conference fees, plus accommodation, is a daunting challenge. So FEAST is looking to identify promising young tellers who are motivated to learn and develop their skills, especially if they live in countries which do not currently have a seat at the FEAST table. We want to provide them with financial support so that they can attend our sessions, both in person and on-line. Our target of $5,000 is to bring ten tellers to the 2019 FEAST Conference.
We also want to create tangible and lasting storytelling resources in the form of collections of folktales.