With average temperatures barely lifting into double digits, July in southern Tasmania used to mean a month of social hibernation for many locals.
For the past five or so years the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival has bucked this trend in a big way, with thousands of people flocking to the region to gather by firelight, take part in age-old rituals and feast on the signature produce of the state’s deep south.
As the festival returns from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 July, 2018 so too does its Storyteller’s Cup, which aims to unite the community through the ancient art of storytelling.
This year it’s partnered with Hobart’s storytelling hotel, MACq 01, and wordsmiths are invited to tell a seven-minute story in the most creative way possible, with cash prizes and a handcrafted Huon Pine trophy up for grabs.
“There is a rich history in Tasmania of storytelling and it’s great to give the next generation of orators an opportunity to showcase their talents,” said festival director Sam Reid.
Storytelling is also weaved throughout the festival program, with Tasmania’s first mobile storytelling studio The Wayfinder collecting and sharing stories across the entire weekend.
“Stories have the power to awaken something inside ourselves and inspire us to connect with others in a way that creates a new perspective or a new way,” said The Wayfinder founder, Helene Thomas.