Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival

Beyond the Border exists to create, encourage and promote traditional storytelling for contemporary audiences.

Our vision is to ‘bring the world to Wales, and take Wales to the world’. Our biennial international festival of storytelling is the cornerstone of our work, and in addition we run events and projects year-round to build audiences for storytelling and to communicate its power to entertain, transform and inform people’s lives.

“All the gardens of spring and summer were blooming in the tall tales beyond the border…”
Dylan Thomas


Beyond the Border is a wonderful and vibrant three-day festival of stories and music from Wales and across the world. Our home is the stunning medieval castle of St Donats, overlooking the beautiful Glamorganshire coast.  At Beyond the Border 2016 there is something for everyone. With 9 different stages, over 100 performances, a rich programme of activities for young people and their families and a flexible programme allowing audiences the opportunity to see the shows they want, Beyond the Border will be better than ever!

Join us for a feast of storytelling, poetry, music, singing, theatre, circus, puppets and films for all ages, and much much more including:

  • World food stalls
  • Real ale bar
  • Bigger craft market
  • Workshops for all ages
  • Street theatre
  • Story walks
  • Open mic stages
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