Director of the Indonesia Storytelling Festival, Ariyo Zidni, also known as ‘Kak Aio’, is a storytelling coach, teacher, trainer and a lecturer who teaches classes on storytelling at the University of Indonesia and guest lectures at many universities. Drawn to the social healing aspect of storytelling, Ariyo Zidni began telling stories in 1999. He has participated in trauma healing storytelling in Jakarta, Aceh, Bantul, Pangandaran, Yogjakarta, North Sumatra and other social storytelling events at schools, orphanages and libraries.
Ariyo Zidni is the founder of Reading Bugs Indonesia Community and Ayo Dongeng Indonesia Community. He has been invited to tell at the Penang International Kids and Storytelling Festival as well as Tell a Story Day in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.