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We are FEST

The Federation for European Storytelling is a global network of organisations and associations active in the field of storytelling. We aim to empower the world of storytelling in Europe through sharing, learning and relationship building.

FEST promotes the mobility of ideas and collaborations in and across Europe, by offering mechanisms for sharing, learning, advocacy and relationship building, it wishes to empower the world of storytelling.
FEST is an international non-profit organisation (INPO) based in Belgium but with membership all across Europe.

Whether you are a national or regional organisation, international festival or educational institution in the field of storytelling, this is the place for you!
But also if you are interested in storytelling and want to know more about festivals and activities in the world of storytellers you will find information and links here.

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Storytelling

Storytelling is an ancient art, the primaeval art, the basis of all communication, imaginationand creativity. It has strong bonds with literature, with popular/folk culture, with heritage. Itis a homage to the mother tongue, to foreign languages, to the intercultural dialogue.

Narratives are everywhere, in many artistic and socio-cultural sectors the words storytelling and narratives pop up. All have ‘a story to tell’. In this respect oral storytelling as ‘the master of narratives’ has a lot to offer to these media and sectors, and they, in return, offer new carriers and interfaces for storytellers.