PROGRAM AREAS

Across these eight program areas, we will embody the new story: one of connection instead of separation, commitment to the common good instead of narrow ambition, and participation with holistic imagination at the foundation. 

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Deepen

Sometimes called Contemplation, the DEEPEN program invites us into practices for personal growth that slow down our breathing, sharpen our thinking, and help us find resilience amidst the challenges of life. Wisdom, both ancient and modern, experienced in new contexts, for young and old.

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Think

Before something can come into being, it has to be imagined. We're hosting conversations and talks from people committed to learning and sharing a better story - scholars, innovators, activists, provocateurs, and way-finders of all stripes.

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ACT

Margaret Mead reminded us that a small committed group of people can change the world - that, indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. The New Story will host leaders and dreamers for the common good, courageous light-weavers who show that each generation has the chance to discern what needs to change, and then make that change real.

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Connect

A festival isn't just a performance. It's a communal experience of meeting, listening, and enjoying one another. At the New Story Festival, we will provide space to build a new community - and we welcome introverts and extroverts, and everyone in between!

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Play

At the New Story Festival, expect this: we'll try to take life seriously. But expect this too: we'll try not take ourselves too seriously. Embodied joy and playful frivolity are just as important as facing heavy concerns and wrestling with big ideas. You're invited to join us in both.

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create

Art isn't just for people who call themselves artists. The capacity to participate in and enjoy creativity belongs to everyone. Join us for experiential, entertaining, educational, and amusing opportunities to create something new.

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perform

From music to theatre, spoken word to dramatic monologues, and surprises too, come taste and see - or hear - artists sharing the new story in song, drama, poetry, and who knows what else?

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Kids/Youth

Young people often grasp the new story of connection and liberation better than any of us. At the New Story Festival, kids and youth are welcomed and valued members of the new community we will be building.