Beyond the Border is a charity which exists to create, encourage and promote traditional storytelling for contemporary audiences.
Our vision is to 'bring the world to Wales, and take Wales to the world'. Our biennual international festival of storytelling is the cornerstone of our work, and in addition we run events and projects year-round to build audiences for storytelling and to communicate its power to entertain, transform and inform people’s lives.
"A Festival like no other" - The Times, July 2002
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
What is the Festival?
Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival is a magnificent three-day festival of stories and music from Wales and across the world – a feast of storytelling, poetry, music, singing, theatre, circus, puppets, films and much more.
Our home is the magical castle of St Donats, overlooking the beautiful Glamorganshire coast. The festival is small and friendly, vibrant but relaxed. It involves local artists alongside internationally-acclaimed performers.
How are we funded?
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.
Where our funding comes from now...
Where we want to be by 2020...
Meet the team
Becka Rickard, Company Manager
Becka has been with Beyond the Border since 2013 and is responsible for overseeing the work of the organisation including the festival, projects and events, finance, marketing, fundraising and company administration. A classical musician, she previously worked for Dartington International Summer School before moving to Wales and discovering storytelling.
Amy Morgan, Festival Coordinator
Amy is responsible for the coordination of the 2016 BtB festival. She also works for the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff and for Hay Festival. She says ‘I have always appreciated the power and beauty of storytelling as an art form and really enjoy listening to and watching professional storytellers at festivals.’