Cape Breton Regional Library

Isle of Story

Isle of Story Festival
Everyone welcome. All events are free admission.

Storytelling will be highlighted and celebrated during the week March 19-25 in Sydney. The Isle of Story Festival is a celebration of storytelling that highlights the past, present, and future of storytelling in Cape Breton. The theme of the inaugural annual festival will be “150 Years, 150 Stories.”

The Isle of Story Festival has been made possible by a collaboration of local organizations, including Cape Breton Magazine, the Cape Breton Regional Library, Cape Breton University’s Beaton Institute, the Centre for Sounds Communities – CBU, Membertou Heritage Park, and Parks Canada. Support to make these events possible has been received from Canada 150, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Membertou Governance, New Horizons for Seniors, Support 4 Culture, and Storytellers of Canada. Below is a list of the events happening during the Isle of Story Festival.

Sunday, March 19th
“150 Stories of Canada: Isle of Story Festival Kick

Monday, March 20th
Official Proclamation of CBRM’s Storytelling Day & Stephen Augustine to share the Mi’kmaq Creation Story.

 Tuesday, March 21st
Book Launch of “Great Cape Breton Storytelling” with Ronald Caplan

Global Music Series
Film screening: “the enemy A PARTISAN HYMNBOOK” 

Wednesday, March 22nd
Global Music Series
Expression through Gesture/Storytelling in Indian Classical Dance

A Storyteller’s Journey with Ronald Labelle

Thursday, March 23rd
Celebration of Storytellers

Global Music Series
Film screening: “Zurkhaneh The House of Strength, Music and Martial Arts of Iran” 

Friday, March 24th
Story Slam – Doktor Luke’s, A Respectable Coffee House, Sydney

Saturday, March 25th
Storytelling (Half Day) Workshop with Robert Seven Crows Bourdon

Membertou Spring Gathering & Isle of Story Festival Finale