March 25, 2024

The Cassandra project aims to support young storytellers aged 18 – 30 to become ‘socially engaged performers’ ready for international stages. How can storytellers convey personal messages and deal with social challenges through performance and artistic strategies. This project is sponsored by the Creative Europe programme with FEST as lead partner. Other partners include:  Fortellerfestivalen (NO) Storytelling Network of Kronoberg (SE) Stowarzyszenie “Grupa Studnia O.” (PL) Storytelling Centre Amsterdam (NL) Landcommanderij Alden Biesen (BE)

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People, Places and Stories project – Erasmus +

September 16, 2021

PPS focuses on the capacity building of heritage communities as a socio-cultural space for creativity, learning, participation and inclusion.

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Carrying the Songs

July 14, 2021

A story is told and recorded on Inis Mór, a small island off the West coast of Ireland. That story is retold, from person to person, travelling across Ireland and Europe through Scandinavia to Istanbul. Along the way, it is translated, processed by peoples’ own memories, experiences and cultures.

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Master’s course – Oral Storytelling as Artistic Research

March 12, 2020

This is a pilot course on masterlevel arranged as a collaboration between The Federation for European Storytelling (FEST) and OsloMet. Oral storytelling as an art form is a growing field in the contemporary performing art scene. This course places emphasis on the student’s academic and artistic ability to reflect, discuss and perform oral storytelling in line with socially relevant challenges.

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Summer Course: What Are You Talking About – Oral Storytelling in Contemporary Society

December 11, 2019

What Are You Talking About – Oral Storytelling in Contemporary Society
In this course, oral storytellers are invited to explore their repertoire of traditional folktales with a focus on racism, gender and hetero-normativity. Through hands-on exercises, the workshop supports the development of narrative and performing strategies to creatively overcome ethical problems.

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Here Where I belong

July 17, 2019

The natural landscapes of Europe are an important part of its cultural heritage.
Observing the changes taking place in our natural landscapes allows us to study the interaction of past with future, as they reflect the passage of time and the development of new technologies and their effect on society. Often we live in places for years without understanding how our lives are shaped by stories of the place and the people who lived there before us.

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Fonkelvogel Fest

Life is a Circle – Storycircles for elderly people

July 15, 2019

Fonkelvogel organised 2 inspiration days about storycircles for elderly people, 18 volunteers, storytellers, retirees, people working with elderly people in community centres and elderly homes, attended. A Storycircle was set up with 12-14 people aged between 70 en 93 and two facilitators.

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Yarn Storytelling Fest 2018

The People of the Sea

July 15, 2019

YARN Storytelling Festival Bray took place for the ninth year from 10-18 November 2018. A highlight of the festival was The People of the Sea event, kindly supported by FEST and Creative Europe. As 2018 is the European year of Cultural Heritage we chose the theme of stories from the sea and cast our net out across Europe to bring together a flavour of this shared heritage. We invited Tom Muir from the Orkney Islands, Abbi Patrix from France (with Norwegian heritage) and Nuala Hayes from Ireland. The result was simply magic!

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Project Storytelling exchange

Storytelling exchange between Hearing & Deaf

July 15, 2019

Storytelling exchange between Hearing & Deaf About the Project Coordinator & Partners Links & Downloads Gallery A group of thirteen young people, made of six deaf and seven hearing, of which 2 where interpreters, spent five days together in a beautiful Catalan villa outside Barcelona. The purpose of the retreat was for the hearing and deaf to learn about storytelling and share their stories with each other, learning how to communicate. The deaf community is not homogeneous. Not all deaf people use sign language, many are educated in an oralist system and are able to use their voice and speak. Every deaf person finds his/her own way of living with deafness, some use a cochlear implant, others are able use hearing aids and some just don’t use any electronic devices at all. Each Deaf community has its own sign language, which enables them to share knowledge, open to the world and create their stories. Except for writing the greatest discovery was the power of using body language to communicate. The hearing community learned that one does not need to know sign language in order to connect and the deaf were surprised that it was possible to connect with hearing in such a deep and meaningful way. They had all participated in deaf camps before, but that was by and for deaf only. During this exchange, both deaf and hearing people were sharing at the same level. The language barrier was forgotten and the use of hearing and deaf changed its meaning. It merely became a description of an ability, rather than a label of a participant. Everyone agreed more retreats between people with diverse ways of expressing their languages are needed. TESTIMONIALS It was my first time to connect with hearing community from other countries who use a different language than mine. It was amazing, during this retreat I realised that we had the same “problem”, every person has his own language, I found my language, the sign language, was one language more, so we tried to be able to communicate between us. Simona, Spain Before the event, I’d call myself “non-deaf” or “hearing” but now I’d never use something like that, I’d say I am now member of deaf community with a different ability of speaking. Silence, to me, is the power of storytelling. Coordinator Pocket Stories Ingi Mehus – Founder and project manager mail:   Website: Facebook: Instagram:  Partners Mauka AB (Sweden) Appasióname (Spain) Biryudumkitap (Turkey) The Good Summit (Ireland) Pocket Stories Mauka AB (Sweden)  Appasióname (Spain) Biryudumkitap (Turkey) The Good Summit (Ireland) View all projects

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Project Fortaelletid


July 14, 2019

Fortælletid seeks to integrate traditional storytelling in education. We make storytelling performances easily available for schoolchildren by immortalizing performances on video and offering them to Danish primary schools. We use the stories side by side with educational materials that fits the demands, channels and values of the school system. The Fortælletid digital platform is online and has a library of 472 stories in relevant subjects and different languages told by over 60 different storytellers from all over Europe, we reached around 12.000 pupils in Denmark.

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