FAQ About the 2012 JustStories Festival

How do I reserve my seat for the event?

Unlike regular events where seating is limited and tickets are sold, this virtual event taking place on Facebook means we have unlimited seats and access is totally free.  If you have access to a computer/mobile device that connects to the Internet and Facebook, you can attend this virtual event.

So that we have a basic idea of how many people may be viewing our stories, backstage videos and other resources, we ask that you “LIKE” the page.   When you “LIKE” the page, you’ve given us an RSVP that you’ll likely watch the festival and give us permission to keep you updated via the “Home” button (or newsfeed) of Facebook.

 

How can my friends and family attend?

If your family or friends are on Facebook, it’s easy for them to also attend.  Just give them the link to our page (http://facebook.com/juststories) and ask them to “LIKE” the page.  They will also receive updates and other information about the festival including all the activities that take place on the festival dates of August 1-3, 2012.  We will be posting once a day, on weekdays up until August 1 when the festival starts.

 

What is a virtual event and how does it work?

Attending a virtual event is much like a television show marathon where events are scheduled roughly an hour apart throughout the days of August 1-3, 2012.  You can visit our Facebook page (http://facebook.com/juststories) and watch the videos, participate in live chats with our featured storytellers, and gain access to other resources and materials on the subject of race relations, social justice and storytelling.  It’s literally as easy as clicking on a link!

Here’s how it works:

  • Visit our Facebook page and click the “like” button to become a fan or audience member.
  • Tune into our page http://facebook.com/juststories (or watch your Facebook newsfeed) on August 1-3, 2012.  Approximately every hour we will premiere a new storytelling video, feature a live chat (where you can ask questions directly to the featured tellers) and more.
    • If you can’t make a scheduled event during the festival –worry not!  Since Facebook allows us to archive activities within the timeline, you’ll be able to go back and watch the story premieres, read the interviews and access resources 24/7/365!

 

How will I be able to interact with the tellers and the other audience members?

If you’ve been on Facebook, you already have a pretty good idea about how interaction works on Facebook.  When your friend Sue (or Joe, or Betty or John….) writes a status update, posts a photo, video or comment on someone else’s photo, video, you see it.  And those folks within your family and friends also see what you post and are able to “like” it, share it, or comment on it.

Well, the same basic function of how you interact with your friends and family is how you will be able to interact with others who are also fans of the JustStories virtual storytelling event happening August 1-3, 2012.

When you become a fan of our page (which is what happens when you LIKE our page), then you are able to start discussions with other fans.  They will see your comments, be able to respond back and so forth.  You’ll also be able to share the featured stories with your friends and fans even if they aren’t attending the virtual event.

 

What happens if I can’t make it to all the events? 

Whether you have a video recorder or a TiVo system, you understand that it is entirely possible to record a special event or program that’s being broadcast on your television.  The same basic idea is true here.  But we’ve done all the heavy lifting, err, computer programming, so that all you need to do is to show up when you are available and you can watch a specific story premiere, interview, etc. at your convenience.  That’s the beauty of Facebook – you simply log in, navigate to our event page (http://facebook.com/juststories) and then start watching, commenting, sharing, liking, and more!

 

What kind of stories will be told at the festival?

For the last 10 years, the JustStories festival has brought together diverse storytellers to develop, write and perform stories that deal with ethnic identity, race relations and other differences.  You’ll hear stories about race relations, belonging, understanding how it feels to be an “outsider,” and exploring the unique aspects of the global human family.    Expect to be entertained – to laugh, to cry, to celebrate, to come away with a new perspective about those in your world.

Who should attend the virtual festival?

Facebook’s guidelines require that those using it are at least 13 years old, so it is an ideal platform for these stories.  Intended for high school age students to adults, entertaining and touching stories will discuss the topics of race relations and social justice.