European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (EYCH)

June 1, 2018

European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (EYCH) 2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH 2018). The overall objective of the Year is to encourage sharing and appreciation of Europe’s cultural heritage, to raise awareness of our common history and values, and to reinforce a sense of belonging in a common European space. 2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH 2018). The overall objective of the Year is to encourage sharing and appreciation of Europe’s cultural heritage, to raise awareness of our common history and values, and to reinforce a sense of belonging in a common European space. As member of the EYCH Stakeholders Committee, FEST is proud to have the capacity to award the EYCH label to events in European Cultural Heritage that meet the following criteria: The event takes place between 7 December 2017 and 31 December 2018 The event contributes to achieving one or more of the EYCH objectives, as laid down in the Decision (EU) 2017/864 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2017 on a European Year of Cultural Heritage (2018) The event involves partners from different EU Member States and is implemented by civil society organisations (please note that your event may be eligible to receive the EYCH label from a national coordinator if it is a projects at national, regional or local level, or the European Commission directly if it is EU funded) Filling in a request form and/or receiving permission from the relevant authority are both compulsory prerequisite steps to using the EYCH brand for events and projects. The label grants the right to use the EYCH visual identity, including: A logo available in all EU languages and five different colours The slogan “Our heritage: where the past meets the future” The hashtag #EuropeForCulture

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FEST survey on storytelling in community work.

April 30, 2018

FEST survey on storytelling in community work. Dear storyteller, community worker, trainer, The Federation for European Storytelling (FEST) is a European network of organizations and associations active in the field of storytelling. FEST wants to enhance the visibility and the recognition of storytelling as a performing art. The network also contributes to a European approach to the professional development of storytellers. (for more info please visit One of the items we tackle is the use of stories and storytelling techniques in different sectors of society: education, community work, heritage etc.. Below you can find the link to a survey. This survey deals with the use of stories and storytelling techniques in working with vulnerable groups. In this survey we address storytellers, community workers and trainers/workshop leaders who work(ed) with migrants, newcomers, refugees, minorities or other vulnerable groups in society. Your answers will help us map opportunities, techniques and good practices. Please be aware We will not publish any personal details but we plan to use your answers, statistics and examples in a public report on the FEST website for the benefit of the storytelling sector and their work in society. Please answer before 28 May. Thank you for helping us with this work. The FEST project team.

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Young Storytellers are go!

April 11, 2018

Young Storytellers are go! FEST is very happy to announce that out of 109 applications 12 young Storytellers where selected for a residency at an International Storytelling Festival. Under the guidance of a  professional Storyteller they will participate in workshops, get personal coaching and training, meet with other young and professional storytellers and experience new shows. You can follow their adventures on Instagram and Facebook Fortellerfestivalen, Oslo, Norway, 12-16 April 2018 Angeliki Agalianou (Greece) Ana Svetel (Slovenia) Gabriel Sch??ler (Germany) Mattia Raffaele Giovanni Di Pierro (Italy) International Storytelling Festival, Alden Biesen, Belgium, 17-21 April 2018 Synne Marie (Norway) Martina Pisciali (Italy) Bogl?rka Szabad (Hungary) S?nia Gard?s Garn?s (Spain) Festa do Contos, Montemor-o-novo, Portugal, 17-19 May 2018 Annika Ronja F?ser (Germany) Karla Suzanne ?fjord (Norway) Marianne Ek Hagen (Norway) P?nar ?z?temiz (Germany)

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Fest Conference TRICKY BORDERS


March 27, 2018

FEST CONFERENCE 2019 Save the date for the 12th Federation for European Storytelling Conference Abbey Rolduc Kerkrade (NL) 24-28 July 2019

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March 23, 2018

FEST CONFERENCE 27-30 June 2018 SLOVENIA WHEN FEST and KD Pripovedovalski Variete / Storytelling Variety invites you to the 10thFederation of European Storytelling Conference from Wednesday 27 June Until 30 June 2018 (departure 01/07/2018). WHERE The conference will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The city of dragons, symbolizing power, courage and greatness. Hostel DIC, Dijaski dom Ivana Cankarja Poljanska cesta 26, Ljubljana. 800m from the city center of Ljubljana. PROGRAMME Topics in this years conference will be: storytelling and heritage in the Balkans, Storytelling as a performing art in contemporary theatre, storytelling and digital arts. Workshops on sensitive heritage and shared identity, new traditions, movement and vocal use. Story swaps, Q&A’s and storytelling performances. Overview of the projects realised in year 1 of the Creative Europe grant and an opportunity to discuss new projects and collaborations for the future of the FEST project. COSTS FEST-members: Single room €275 / Double room €235 / triple room €205. Non-members: Single room €345 / Double room €305 / triple room €275. Cost includes Continental Breakfast / Lunch and Dinner. HOW TO BOOK Fill in this application form: We will confirm your participation at the conference after receiving your application and provide you with the information for payments. Payment will secure your place. Early booking for members deadline: 16/04/2018. Closing date for applications: 05/05/2018.

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Open Call for activities to participate in the FEST project year 2

March 5, 2018

(You can also download this call in PDF by clicking here) Dear Storytelling Organiser, The FEST network received a European grant to set up a series of storytelling activities in Europe. The general aim of our project is to increase the number and improve the quality of storytelling events and activities in Europe, to develop the professional competences of the actors and stakeholders involved, to broaden the application field of storytelling and to establish a European structure for sharing and cooperation. In order to achieve this, we created a working plan for 4 years. This plan is approved by the European Commission and we are offered a grant of 80% of all costs to realise all plans. This grant comes on a yearly basis. We are looking for organisations willing to cooperate with us and willing to organise storytelling events and activities that fit into the priorities and work plan of year 2 of our project (from the 1st of June 2018 till the 31st of May 2019). We have different activity strands (see below for explanation of the strands) and every year we have one or two priority themes. The priority themes in year 2 are: The European Year of Cultural heritage: we are looking for projects that link storytelling and heritage. Digital storytelling & co-creative projects involving digital art and storytelling. Sending in your ideas, plans and budget is only possible with this  FORM Submission deadline: 15 April 2018. FEST is able to support the selected initiatives in the form of e.g. helping them find storytellers, speakers or workshop leaders for their events, whose travel, accommodation and fee can be covered up to 80% max. The following selection criteria will be applied: The initiative takes place between the 1st of June 2018 and the 31st of May 2019 The initiative is in line with the priorities of year 2 (see explanation of the different strands below) e.g. targeting the right target group, taking place in a priority country, tackling the right topics. The applying organisation is able to cover a part of the costs (10 ? 30%) A reasonable fee for the artists/speaker/workshop leader etc. is included in the budget. The initiative must be new in addition to your regular activities. The initiative should have more than a local exposure/regional and national visibility (communication & dissemination plan attached). The initiative should promote the creation of a sustainable storytelling structure in the area. The initiative is a collaboration between at least two organisations (not necessarily FEST members). Initiatives with more partners are preferred. The FEST project is divided into different ?strands? covering different objectives. Strand 1: Structural development of the Storytelling sector FEST is the only European network organization for the professional Storytelling sector. In its broad geographic coverage, the sector is rather divided because of language, (lack of) tradition, access to training and performing, ? Through the structural development of the network, FEST will allow the sector including storytellers, festival organisers, storytelling curators and other actors to get to know each other and their work. This way FEST will network all actors of the field and help them grow […]

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Open call for Young Storytellers

February 16, 2018

Open call for Young Storytellers FEST is looking for Young Storytellers for residencies at 3 international Storytelling festivals. Under the guidance of an expert you will be able to explore the festival, participate in training workshops, exchange ideas and experiences with other storytellers and broaden your international network. Fest will cover travel, accommodation and sustenance expenses. Requirements We are looking for Young Storytellers who: are between 18-29 year are European Residents have training and/or experience in Storytelling able to speak and write a report in English (Help with reporting can be provided if needed) able to work with social media are available during the whole festival (dates below) When Fortellerfestivalen, Oslo, Norway, 13-15 April 2018 International Storytelling Festival, Alden Biesen, Belgium, 18-20 April 2018 Festa do Contos, Montemor-o-novo, Portugal, 17-19 May 2018  Federation for European Storytelling FEST promotes the mobility of ideas and collaborations in and across Europe. We wish to empower the world of storytelling. FEST contributes to the professional development of storytellers through the analysis of training needs, the development of a curriculum for training, residencies and performance opportunities for young storytellers and continued professional development for established storytelling artists. Interested? Please send your personal resume, motivation (max 350 words) and choice of festival to: subject: residency Young Storytellers ? name of the applicant Deadline: 9 March 2018 Replies to the applicants will be expected in the week of 11 March 2018

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