May 10-13, 2021 Festival

The 6th Annual Story Crossroads Festival is Monday-Thursday, May 10-13, 2021 with Virtual and Proper-Distanced Opportunities.  See video with closed captioning…and share with others.

Separate registration for 3 Free Events (bottom)


$20 per household

$35 per class

$10 per homeschool group

Monday we have virtual professional development trainings as well as virtual marketplace, demonstrations, and “Story Art Demo” with 5 different organizations to understand how they relate to story. Tuesday is our series of proper-distanced concerts at the Murray City Park (495 East 5300 South, Murray, UT) that will also be filmed and available to people who bought tickets. Footage will be released later that week no matter if attended live or watching all virtually. Wednesday is our Virtual Field Trip Day through our YouTube Channel (unlisted, given to registrants) and then a Zoom/livestream performance and arts education through Story Crossroads and the Salt Lake City Library System on “Wizards in the Valley: Tales of Magicians in early Salt Lake City” presented by story magician Richard Hatch. Finally, Thursday focuses on a free livestreamed academic discussion called “Language of Story: Hungarian” shared by Dr. Csenge Zalka with ability to ask your questions followed by a pre-recorded performance geared for teens and older.

See Schedule Day by Day as PDF files:

Each ticket is good for one person/household to have access to the entire 2021 Story Crossroads Festival held May 10-13, 2021 with exception to the separate ticketed 5-hour intensive virtual workshop taught by Dr. Csenge Zalka on May 10. A specific webpage and link will be emailed to all registrants and/or main contacts.

Click here for adaptation plans due to monitoring COVID-19 situation.

Click here for listings and bios of our 15 featured story artists.

Discover how to do a virtual field trip – from public, private, charter and homeschool or onward to other organizations such as senior centers.

Learn more about the 5-hour Intensive Workshop on “Down the Rabbit Hole: Intensive Research for Storytellers” led by Dr. Csenge Zalka virtually (with breaks) on Monday, May 10, 2021.

Enjoy “Story Art Demo” featuring story-related businesses and organizations with 20-minute demos on Monday, May 10, 2021. Understand and explore more from: Rowan North Illustrations, Nubian Storytellers of Utah Leadership, Legacy:Fables, Clever Octopus, and Shadows of Fear. See the Monday schedule for more details. Be sure to register despite being free. The same Zoom link will work whether you attend one or all five.

We are collaborating with the Salt Lake City Library System to bring this program to you and thank funding from the Salt Lake City Arts Council.

Wizards in the Valley: Tales of Magicians in early Salt Lake City
Professional magician and storyteller Richard Hatch will recount the stories of the pioneer prestidigitators who performed at the Salt Lake Theatre and sometimes used their powers to prank the prophet, Brigham Young, or so they claimed after leaving Utah far behind. Tales of basiliconthaumaturgist Washington Simmons, pianist and conjurer Robert Heller, Herrmann the Great and even a local boy, Oscar Eliason, who caught rifle bullets onstage in Salt Lake City and became a celebrity in Australia as “Dante, the Mormon Wizard” before his tragic end will be shared, along with some interactive virtual magic to put the audience in the proper frame of mind.

You can go to the virtual livestreamed Academic Discussion “Language of Story” on Thursday, May 13, 2021, which will be on the Hungarian language and culture.  People can ask questions through typing questions through YouTube and/or emailing before or during the livestream to While this particular part of the Festival is free, we need to understand who would be watching or need the direct livestream link through our YouTube Channel.  Following the Academic Discussion geared for 9th graders+, we will premiere online a 30-minute performance by Dr. Csenge Zalka.

Fliers plus audio and video that can be shared online can be found on our press kit/media coverage page found here though will feature other press releases until closer to April 2021.

Thanks to funding from National Endowment for the Arts; Western States Arts Federation; Utah Division of Arts and Museums/Utah Legislature; Utah Humanities; City of Murray; Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) of Salt Lake County; Salt Lake City Arts Council; Clever Octopus, and 80+ businesses and individuals.