Folke Tegetthoff is considered world-wide as the founder of a new tradition in the art of story-telling. Like hardly any other, he has influenced the art of story-telling with his work as a storyteller, poet, lecturer, festival founder and organiser: His „World Storytelling Tour” (Welttournee des Maerchens), which led him to 28 countries on all continents between 1982 and 1984, is still unequalled.He is the only German-language storyteller whose work has been entered in the sound archives of the National Library of Congress in Washington.
No other storyteller world-wide can boast such an extensive list of guest performances at universities: from Al-Ahzar in Cairo to the University of Jerusalem, from Sophia University, Tokyo, to Stanford University, San Francisco – Tegetthoff has guested at 27 universities since 1982.
Countless television and radio appearances and world-wide media reports have made him into one of the most popular artists in Austria and an absolute star of the international storytelling scene.
In 1994, for his work „The Revival of Storytelling” (der Wiederbelebung der Erzaehlkunst), he received, along with Ygdrasi, the INTERNATIONAL LEGO PRIZE – one of the highest endowed prizes of its kind (US$ 100,000) – he was only the second writer since Astrid Lindgren to win this prize! Since 13th February 1979, when his first book was presented and he made his first appearance as a storyteller, he has made about 3500 guest performances in: Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, England, Sweden, Denmark, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Yugoslavia, Turkey, Russia, Singapore, Japan, Philippines, India, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Australia, Fiji, USA, Canada, Hawaii, Venezuela, Brazil, South Africa, Israel, Egypt,
Belgium and Malaysia.