ABOUT: Who we are

“A Festival like no other!” The Times

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Founded in 1993 and dedicated to celebrating the world’s oral traditions, Beyond The Border is highly regarded as one of the leading storytelling festivals in the world.

The festival showcases the best of storytelling from around the world and attracts visitors of all ages from across the UK and overseas. 

A wonderful festival – the best of dozens I’ve visited over many years” Festival Director, Vancouver

In addition to the Festival weekend itself, BtB also promotes a year-round programme of performance storytelling events, as well as a wide range of innovative education and outreach projects.

Beyond The Border is also a member and contributor to FEST, the Federation for European Storytelling

Beyond the Border funds its activities through a combination of ticket sales, fund-raised income from individuals, Trusts & Foundations and commercial supporters, and public-sector funding, primarily Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government Major Events Unit and Vale of Glamorgan Council.

Our Story

BtB began life in 1993, born out of the desire to:

  • raise the status and increase understanding of storytelling as an artform suitable for all ages, adults as well as children
  • showcase performances by leading practitioners from Wales and the World involved in exploring the retelling of traditional stories for a contemporary audience
  • help develop and provide a platform for an emerging new generation of performance storytellers

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What is the Festival?

For over 25 years, Beyond the Border has been Wales’ leading International Storytelling Festival which brings stories and people together, from Wales and the World, through an inspirational biennial festival.

Transporting you into the heart of West Wales, amongst rugged rolling hills and castles, immerse in stories for adults and children inspired by myths and legends, performed by home grown talent as well as high profile international artists and musicians. 2020 sees the festival relocate to a new site, the National Trust and Cadw’s Dinefwr in Carmarthenshire. Full of rich heritage and folklore, Dinefwr is a picturesque and intimate setting with a back-drop of a castle and grand house.

Find out more about the festival

 

Artistic Director - Naomi Wilds

Naomi Wilds studied English Literature at the University of Leeds. She worked at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Sinfonia Viva before specialising in literature development from 1999-2008 as part of the East Midlands Literature Network. Naomi founded Adverse Camber in 2006 to develop, commission and tour high quality storytelling and music productions for adults nationally. In 2009, she was one of four East Midlands producers to receive an Arts Council England bursary, enabling her to research storytelling traditions in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Naomi has produced all Adverse Camber’s national tours to date, working closely with creative teams, artists and partners including company Artistic Advisor Paula Crutchlow including the 2014 production Fire in the North Sky: Epic Tales from Finland, co-commissioned with Mac Brmingham and Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival.

Trustees

Steve Killick
Tanya Pengelly
Andrew Price
Angharad Wynne