Open Call for Young Storytellers

FEST is looking for Young Oral Storytellers for residencies at several international oral Storytelling festivals. Under the guidance of an expert you will explore the festival, participate in training workshops, exchange ideas and experiences with other storytellers and broaden your international network.
FEST will cover the expenses concerning travel, cost and stay.

Who is FEST?

The Federation for European Storytelling?promotes the mobility of ideas and collaborations in and across Europe.
We wish to empower the world of oral storytelling, to increase the number and improve the quality of oral storytelling events and activities in Europe, to develop the professional competences and broaden the application field of oral storytelling in a European structure for sharing and cooperation.

Strand 3 of the FEST project 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 oral storytellers and continued professional development for established oral storytelling artists.


We are looking for Young Oral Storytellers who:

  • are between 18-29 year
  • are EU Residents
  • have training and/or experience in oral Storytelling
  • speak a few words and are able to write a report in English
  • are available during the whole festival

We underline that we are looking for young storytellers within the field of oral storytelling, and not young filmmakers or writers.


The festivals are located in different countries in Europe and will be organised in the period November 2018 ? July 2019. A residency involves at least 3 working days + travel.


Your application consists of a CV and a motivational letter that answers, why you would like to be part of this international residency and how this residency contributes to your professional development?
FEST will select participants based on the criteria mentioned above and the motivation letter.

Selected applicants will receive an invitation for a residency at an international storytelling festival. Be aware that you can only participate if you are available for the complete residency.
For each festival, FEST will invite a group of four storytellers from different countries.


Please send your personal resume, motivation to:

subject: residency Young Storytellers ? Name of the applicant.
Deadline: 15th of October 2018