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Children's storytelling festival Telling Tales reimagined as 13-episode digital series for 2020

Beginning on Sept. 20, 2020 and continuing through to Dec. 3, 2020, Telling Tales will feature 13 episodes of themed programming for children of all ages.
Telling Tales is a children's storytelling festival in Hamilton. (tellingtales.org)

The Telling Tales festival is moving to a virtual format for 2020. 

This year, the Hamilton-based storytelling festival will explore how stories connect us in times of isolation. 

The Telling Tales festival will bring together authors, illustrators and storytellers from Canada and across the world for a line-up of family-friendly virtual programming.

"With a lot of thoughtful rejigging, we have designed sessions that bring our audience even closer to the artists," said Telling Tales executive director Susan Jasper.

Beginning on Sept. 20, 2020 and continuing through to Dec. 3, 2020, Telling Tales will feature 13 episodes of themed programming for children of all ages.

Each 30-minute episode will be hosted by award-winning hip-hop dancer and choreographer Josh Taylor and will feature book giveaways, crafts and music.

"Our ambitious lineup has grown to over 80 artists. Each episode works as a mini-festival that will inspire young readers to explore their own storytelling powers," said Jasper.

The virtual festival will be headlined by Canadian children's book authors including Kevin Sylvester, Jonathan Auxier, Monique Gray Smith and Kenneth Oppel.

Episodes will premiere on Facebook and YouTube and then will be available at www.tellingtales.org.

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