A folklife community who share God’s love through stories of salt and light

New Concord, OH


BiGFiSH FOLKLiFE is a religious non-profit organization in Appalachia with the mission:

  • To bring together artists and audiences in a cultural exchange of folklife stories.
  • To provide retreat, education, and worship opportunities for and by artists.

We define “folklife” as the everyday stories of ordinary people.
Storytelling, in its broadest sense, may include a variety of media and genre (e.g. traditional storytelling, writing, performance, visual arts, music, dance, etc.)

StoryFest 2019

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Come join us for Story, Music, Food, Arts Fair, Farmer's Market, and so much more on September 1, 2019!

All events are free to the public at the New Concord Elementary School Pavilion. Look for for the Big Tent!

Keep checking-in to see updates to the schedule!

10am-11am Worship in the Park with guest Kim Weitkamp

11:30am - 7:30pm Food Trucks open (Puckey's Pit Stop, Pitabilities, and Ed-Dee's Dog Wagon)

Noon-2pm Children's Entertainment, Games, Local Music, and so much more!

Afternoon-Early Evening Arts Fair and Farmers' Market

2pm-3pm Barefoot McCoy

3pm-6pm Storytelling/Whoppers Contest, followed by Open Story, Song, & Spoken Word. Registration begins at Noon at the Welcome Booth

6pm-7pm Storyteller Gary Buchanan

7pm-8pm National Storyteller Kim Weitkamp

If you would like to donate to the StoryFest, please follow this link and make a donation to the Big Fish Folklife Pass Through Fund, hosted by Muskingum County Community Foundation. Please indicate in the "Donation in honor of..." tab the memo "StoryFest."

Our Major Contributors:
Village of New Concord
Muskingum University

Events & Performances

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Big plans for BiGFiSH

Upcoming Events and Performances

BiGFiSH FOLKLiFE presents the World Premiere of

Journey to Long Nose

"hilarious family oral history as it relates to my face"

"Chock-full of humor and satire, accompanied by a constant vein of honesty and self-analysis, Rachel Pollock’s solo performance is a hidden gem  " --- DC Metro Theatre Arts

Tuesday, July 9 6:30 PM
Saturday, July 13 3:00 PM
Wednesday, July 17 6:30 PM
Friday, July 19 9:30 PM
Sunday, July 21 6:00 PM

Peacock – St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church
222 M Street SW, Washington, DC 20024


Storytelling and Arts Festival

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Come to Create, Pray, and Share!

Retreat Center

"Be Still and know that I am God" Psalm 46:10



BiGFiSH Friends

Check out some amazing Artists!

Big Fish Friends


Browse titles supported by BiGFiSH FOLKLiFE


Remember How He Told You

Have you ever wondered what it was like- not knowing what comes next, or what God is doing and why? What does life with the risen Lord mean? Inspired by the New Testament Gospel of Luke, "Remember How He Told You" is a new drama of the Resurrection story from R.R. Pollock. Amidst political upheaval, five Jewish women journey to anoint the body of the crucified Yeshua (Jesus of Nazareth) for burial and uncover a mysterious, new world.

Gone Fishing

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  • 4350 Lower Bloomfield Road, New Concord, OH, USA


BiGFiSH FOLKLiFE partners with the Muskngum County Community Foundation.
Please follow the link bellow to make a tax-deductible donation to support our ministry!

Big Fish Folklife Fund