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Storytelling in Heritage Contexts

September 2, 2019

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 development of historical items and stories. Heritage management secures the significance and development of cultural wealth for future generations. Most cultures around the world have historically made use of oral storytelling to retain, accumulate and transmit information and cultural wealth. Beyond the pure entertainment factor, this mode can be used to convey important information and even for education purposes. The narrative surrounding heritage sites or items is often interpreted narrowly with a strong adherence to scientific research structure. This approach usually only caters to the single user and lacks emotion which in turn fails to resonate and create impact with intended audiences. Adopting a storytelling approach which employs dramatic and emotive communication methods provides an opportunity to deepen interaction and knowledge transfer The Survey A survey was distributed to storytelling professionals and organizations in order to gather information on the current state of Heritage storytelling. The questions required participants to describe their role or different roles within the context of storytelling and also attempted to identify best practice. Federation of European Storytelling Autored by: Jade van Blerk Download full report View all research

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Storytelling and Newcomers: A European progress report

Storytelling and Newcomers: A European progress report

October 24, 2018

FEST promotes and supports the use of stories and storytelling techniques in different sectors of society. An overwhelming number of storytellers, trainers and organisers voice their support for storytelling projects involving migrants and refugees. Storytellers, trainers and organisers from a wide range of European states agree about the positive effects of storytelling on newcomers and recognise a bright future for applied storytelling catering towards this group. In the past, storytellers have already taken on the challenges that comes with an audience of migrants. Echoes of past experiences are found throughout the European world of storytelling, yet little documentation can be found online in this digital age. Although storytellers, often independent pioneers, have been working with newcomers for decades, few have formalised their work into documented projects. Because of this, new performers and organisers interested in working with migrants face difficulties and problems long overcome by others. FEST wants to support this work and share good practices in the work with newcomers, therefor FEST launched an on-line survey to analyse the needs related the use of applied storytelling in community work and in working with migrants, newcomers & refugees. A video on the use of storytelling with migrants, newcomers & refugees. With great thanks to the Village Storytelling Center Glasgow: http://www.villagestorytelling.org.uk/ FEST launched an on-line survey to analyse the needs related the use of applied storytelling in community work and in working with migrants, newcomers & refugees. DOWNLOAD: Report Survey Storytelling and Newcomers

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