The Directors of Feast, in consultation with our host partners from the Indonesian Storytelling Festival, have sadly decided to cancel this year’s Storytellers’ Conference and to reschedule it for 8 – 9 November 2021. The Indonesian Storytelling Festival planned to run in conjunction with the Conference has also been cancelled for 2020. Apart from the obvious uncertainty about how long the covid-19 pandemic may continue, we are mindful of the fact that most storytellers are self-employed freelancers, whose income has taken – and will continue to take - a massive hit. Even assuming that the world starts to gradually return to pre-pandemic conditions in the third quarter, those tellers whose projects were postponed rather than cancelled, will be looking to the fourth quarter of 2020 to try to resume work and put something in their depleted financial pocket.
However we will not let the Conference go unmarked. We are planning to hold at least one story-swap, a webinar and to launch our third collection of Asian folktales of the theme of animals with a session that includes some contributors telling their stories live.