What is Storytelling?

Storytelling is an ancient art, the primeval art, the basis of all communication, imagination and creativity. It has strong bonds with literature, with popular/folk culture, with heritage. It is 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.

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Storytelling Research

  • Fest Research

    Storytelling in Heritage Contexts

    Storytelling in Heritage Contexts About the Research Authors & Publishers Links & Downloads Heritage may have different interpretations and meanings to various people however, at its core it represents a thread that runs from the past to the present. It provides a sense of belonging and continuity through the continuing

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  • Storytellers in Europe: A progress report – Indepth interviews

    One of the main goals of the Federation for European Storytelling is to secure the professional development of storytellers in Europe. FEST pursues raising the quality of the storyteller in several ways: the analysis of training needs, the development of a curriculum for training, residencies and performance opportunities for young

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  • Research reports on the Storytelling Revival

    Contributions to a Theoretical Bibliography In this report we offer a contribution to a theoretical bibliography on contemporary Oral Storytelling. It tries to cover a wide range of resources, from the Instruction Manuals of the beginning of the last Century to the Academic works of the 21th, including other theoretical

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  • Long term training in storytelling: Report on Curricula and Good Practices

    FEST commissioned a research on long term training in storytelling based on desk/internet research, a survey and interviews with FEST member organisations and universities.

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