MADISON, NJ – Bestselling authors, writers and playwrights alike will gather Sept. 16, 12-5 p.m., for Madison’s second Storytellers Festival.

Located in the Madison “culture corner” at the intersection of Main Street and Green Village Road near Short Stories Bookshop & Community Hub, this free event features workshops, speakers and vendors with interactive activities that kids, teens and adults of all ages can explore.

Live music performances from bands include Hatchet Jack, headliner for the Aug. 25 Downtown Concert Series show at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, and others.

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Madison Storytellers festival is a joint effort by the Madison Downtown Development Commission, Madison Culture & Arts Alliance and the Madison Chamber of Commerce that “celebrates the storytellers in our community, and empowers everyone to find new inspiration and skills to tell their own stories,” event organizers said.

“It is critical that each of us is empowered to tell our stories, to express our vision of who we are as individuals and how we fit together as a whole.”

The significance of storytelling is threefold, according to organizers.

“Storytelling is the expression of who we are, who we were and who we hope to be,” they said. “It encompasses both experience and identity, and is what brings us together as a culture.”

Vendor spaces are available for $75 on a first come, first served basis for authors, publishers, artists, crafters, educational providers and others. Click here to apply.

For sponsorship information, contact the Madison Downtown Development Commission by email at ddc@rosenet.org or by phone at 973-593-3042, ext. 3101.