FEST CONFERENCE 2017 – TERMONFECKIN (Ireland)
June 21-24, 2017.
Since County Louth is part of the border region between Northern Ireland (U.K.) and the Republic of Ireland, the theme of the conference was Storytelling in Borderlands. On Friday 23 June we traveled to Co. Armagh to visit Emhain Mhacha (Navan Fort), the seat of the ancient Kingdom of Ulster, and Armagh City, which is now the Ecclesiastical Capital of Ireland.
Conference workshop topics included: Storytelling and Education; Storytelling with Refugees and New Migrants; Storytelling in Minority Languages; Storytelling and Conflict Resolution; Stories in Translation; Storytelling and Contemporary Culture; Reminiscence Work and Story-collecting from Dementia Patients; Oral and Written Stories; and more. Ireland?s unique School?s Collection and National Folklore Collection were to delegates, and there was opportunity to hear about the support for European co-operative projects under the Creative Europe Network Grant.