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October 29, 2020
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Online event
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Storyteller Olga Loya in a hug pose
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Storytelling Festival: Olga Loya – Día de Muertos

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Our 5th Annual Storytelling Festival comes to a close, with both playful and moving tales about the Day of the Dead.

Join Olga for her Day of the Dead program, during which she explores the history of the tradition, shares playful stories and folktales, and ends with a moving personal story about her own mother’s death and the altar Olga’s family created.

Olga's tales will share the sad, scary, funny and ridiculous sides of life and death.

Program content is suitable for ages 11 and up.

About Olga Loya
Olga Loya, a Latina storyteller, performance artist, writer and teacher,uses a mix of Spanish and English to share traditional tales from Latin America, as well as stories from her own varied and colorful life growing up in East Los Angeles. Olga uses her voice, body, and sometimes music and dance, to draw her audience into the imaginative and surprising worlds of the tales she tells. She performs and teaches workshops at schools, businesses, museums, and festivals across the U.S. and beyond. Olga was the recipient of the National Network of Storytellers 2013 Oracle Award for The Circle of Excellence.

About the Menlo Park Storytelling Festival
Our 5th Annual Storytelling Festival is all online! Thursday evenings in October (with one special Monday event), enjoy the wonderful art of traditional oral storytelling, with a variety of visiting artists.
  • October 1: Storyfest
  • October 8: Michael D. McCarty
  • October 12: Dovie Thomason
  • October 15: Chetter Galloway
  • October 22: Linda Yemoto
  • October 29: Olga Loya
About Storytelling
Storytelling is telling stories–without using a book. It's an ancient art form that predates libraries, and books, and writing.  According to the National Storytelling Network, "storytelling is the interactive art of using words and actions to reveal the elements and images of a story while encouraging the listener’s imagination. In storytelling, the listener imagines the story."

This free event received partial funding support from the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.