The 2020 festival had to be cancelled because of concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic. But storytellers Antonio Rocha of Maine and Donna Washington of Virginia have agreed to reschedule and will headline the 2021 Big Fibbers Storytelling Festival planned for March 26 & 27, 2021 at the Rome City Auditorium, according to Terrell Shaw, president of the Ridge & Valley Storytelling Guild. 

“Antonio and Donna are both award-winning, nationally and internationally known tellers and we are thrilled to bring them to Rome and Floyd County,” Shaw says. “They will perform in many of our local schools during the week and then headline our public events on Friday and Saturday, March 26 & 27.” 

Antonio Rocha (pronounced haw-sha) is known for his unique fusion of mime and spoken word, entertaining audiences of all ages with his tenor voice, realistic sound effects, quirky characters and mesmerizing moves. A native of Brazil, he studied mime with Marcel Marceau and has performed at venues from the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN to the Singapore Festival for the Arts, in 16 countries and on six continents. Antonio has produced three entertaining and educational award-winning DVDs, authored a picture book and earned awards including the coveted Circle of Excellence Award by the National Storytelling Network. For more information, visit his website at

Donna Washington grew up in a military family and traveled all over the world as a child, learning about different people and places and their stories. A highly animated performer, she has been entertaining, educating, and inspiring audiences for more than 30 years with her vocal pyrotechnics, elastic face, and deep characterizations, bringing folklore, literary tales, and personal narratives to life. She has performed at thousands of schools, libraries and festivals, including the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, plus state and regional festivals across the United States. Her storytelling CDs have won numerous awards and she is the author of two children’s books about the Kwanzaa holiday. Learn more about her at


In addition to performances by Rocha and Washington, the Big Fibbers Festival will include the Big Fibbers Contest for adults and YoungTales Competition for students.

The YoungTales program and Big Fibbers Festival are made possible by the support of the Rome Area Council for the Arts, Sara Hightower Regional Library, and other sponsors.