The First Lineup Announcement for New Story Festival 2019!

People live by stories, many that we're often not even aware of. Some of our stories hurt more than help. Stories of separation, selfishness, scapegoating, and the avoidance of suffering are ready to be replaced by stories of creativity, community, courage, and the common good. The New Story Festival will gather people to experience -- and help build -- a better world by shaping and sharing a better story. It will be deep but not boring, playful and fun without avoiding hard questions. Come help make a world of compassion, peace, and welcome -- we'd love to see you there!

The inaugural New Story Festival takes place March 29-31, 2019, in Austin, TX. We are delighted to announce the festival lineup below -- spiritual teachers leading us into the future and beloved Americana musicians, radically inclusive storytellers and Irish peace activists, trauma healers and provocative teachers -- bearers of a better story are coming to Austin. Come add your story too!

(click here to get your Early Bird Tickets now for only $179 through December 31st)

Here’s our current headliners!

Nadia Bolz-Weber is a two-time New York Times best-seller, Lutheran pastor, and author of the new book Shameless: A Sexual Reformation.

Called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library JournalRev. angel Kyodo Williams is an author, maverick spiritual teacher, master trainer, and founder of the Center for Transformative Change.

According to Publisher’s WeeklyCharles Eisenstein “will be noted in antiquity as one of the seminal and pioneering storytellers of this new world.” His latest book is Climate: A New Story, and we’re glad to call him a friend of the New Story Festival.

Austin-based “Ameri-Chicana” singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez is known for her passionate performances, effortlessly melding fiery fiddle playing, electrifying vocals, and a fresh interpretation of new and classic songs.

Beloved Americana musicians, Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist are acclaimed together as Over the Rhine. They “create spaces where good things can happen,” and the New Story Festival will certainly be that.

Activist and author Brian McLaren is co-creator -- along with New Story Festival co-host Gareth Higgins -- of The Seventh Story book and its companion children’s book, Cory and the Seventh Story.

A native Texan and acclaimed performer, Amparo Garcia-Crow is a multi disciplinary artist who acts, sings, directs and writes plays, screenplays, and songs. Amparo was with us for the one-day New Story Experience, and we're thrilled she is coming back for the full three-day festival in March!

Over 60 other speakers, facilitators, performers, artists, and dreamers will join these headliners to help lead us toward a better story -- one of compassion, reconciliation, and collective liberation -- making better lives for a better world. 

How do we do this? Spend a weekend with us in Austin this March, and you'll hear provocative wisdom, discover new tools for authentic community, be surprised by art and activism, engage in playful fun and frivolity, and find your own place in the New Story. 

The New Story Festival is for all ages -- we will have exciting, transformative programming for kids and teens as well as adults -- so bring the whole family!

Early bird tickets are just $179 now through December 31st! 

We have multiple ticket price options for folks at all levels of financial means, including FREE! (Volunteer with the festival and a get a full weekend pass in return.) We also offer discounts for groups of three or more, and even bigger discounts for groups of ten or more - so gather your crew and register now!

If you can't make it for the whole weekend, we also offer day passes, just purchase the pass that works best for you.

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Join us March 29-31, 2019, in Austin, Texas, for the first-ever New Story Festival - we hope to see you there!