I recently took part in the 14th San Diego Storytelling Festival, a collaborative effort by the Storytellers of San Diego and the Coronado Public Library.

As I made my way to the venue, a realization struck me: “That’s brilliant.” The festival’s theme, “Voices at the Water’s Edge,” perfectly aligned with this year’s World Storytelling Day theme of “Building Bridges.”

Coronado Public Library
(Photo credit: The Coronado Visitor Center)

Why brilliant? Well, it’s more than just a clever metaphor; it’s an accurate depiction. The library is nestled by the water’s edge. Additionally, the journey to the library often involves crossing the iconic Coronado Bridge. True to the theme, the festival showcased diverse stories in different styles from around the world, bridging cultures and perspectives with each tale shared, captivating audiences of all ages.

Coronado Bridge
Coronado Bridge with San Diego skyline
In a world filled with uncertainties, diverse stories with unique voices are essential. They serve as bridges that connect people across cultural, social, and geographical divides, fostering dialogue, collaboration, and mutual respect. By embracing and celebrating diversity in storytelling, we can strive towards building a more equitable and harmonious society.

In the spirit of “Building Bridges,” why not reach out and connect with someone from a different culture or perspective? Listening to their stories could broaden your horizons and deepen your understanding of the world.

As I journeyed back to Los Angeles, crossing the Coronado Bridge, memories of the festival’s stories, music, and the fun moments shared with fellow storytellers and audiences flooded my mind, leaving a smile on my face. Brilliance in every moment.

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