About This Festival
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The 398.2 Storytelling Festival is named after the Dewey library classification for fables, fairytales and folklore. (We still believe in 398.2!) An independent Festival founded by Roger Jenkins, a professional storyteller, it celebrates the diversity and talent of Singapore's surprisingly vibrant storytelling community and alongside tales told in our national language (English), it includes sessions in Mandarin, Tamil and Malay, as well bi-lingual sessions (in 2016 in Korea, Japanese and sign language). It primarily showcases local (and locally resident) talent, but is looking to feature both Asian and Western tellers to keep us plugged in to the worldwide community of oral tellers. Targetted pmainyl at family audiences, it is a free Festival, thanks to our venue sponsors (the National Library Board and the National Heritage Board) and funding from the National Arts Council and the Arts Fund. The Festival has grown to the point where from 2017 onwards, it is managed by a dedicated, registered non-profit company, co-directed by Roger Jenkins and Sheila Wee, two of the most prominent tellers in Singapore.