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FEST 2014 Västerbotten




Sunday June 8
People from Skellefteå Storytelling Association and the Swedish Storytelling Network will meet you when you arrive in Skellefteå. Check- in is at Stiftsgården, a hotel and conference centre. You will also be able to get a guided tour around town.
20.00 Meet, Eat and Greet – a picnic by the river, a taste of Europe, a mix of food and drink from your home country. So bring something to eat, or drink, that is possible to travel thru Europe, something to share with the other participants. We are 83 participants but you only need to bring something small, something for a buffet, a taste of your culture.
Monday June 9
08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast
09.00 – 09.30 Opening of the conference – icebreaker
09.30 – 09.45 Presentation by the Swedish hosts, program overview
10.00 – 10.10 Short break
10.10 – 11.00 A Look At The Past To See The Future:Mats Rehnman & Coppelie Cocq.About the roots of storytelling, the language and the imagery of orality and the context in which stories appear.
11.00 – 11.20 Coffee, tea & networking
11.20 – 12.15 Discussions on this subject
12.15 – 12.50 Feedback
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.00 Västerbotten Storytelling Region – Our Journey
Background stories, how we started collaborating, and why.
15.00 – 15.30 Coffee, tea & networking
15.30 – 16.30 Sub-group discussions on the following subjects:
Group 1: Västerbotten Regional Theatre & Västerbotten Regional Museum: Cultural heritage and performing art in a storytelling collaboration.
Group 2: Skellefteå Storytelling Association: Storytelling for joy, learning and integration.
Group 3: Västerbotten Storytelling Region & Storytelling Festival: Regional development by using storytelling as a tool.
16.30 – 17.00 Reports from discussion groups
19.00 Dinner at Stiftsgården
21.00 After dinner: “Stories from Sweden”Storytellingevening outside in the surroundings, with Storytellers from Sweden.
Tuesday June 10
Here And Now, A Day In Koppsele
08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast
09.00 – 11.00 Travel by bus to Malå, to Koppsele
Koppsele is a unique place. Across the county of Västerbotten , there have been hundreds of forest Sami settlements. Of all these, only one has been preserved – Koppsele. To understand the Sami history, it is important to be able to see and feel the living conditions that Sami people had. In Koppsele you can do that. We are delighted to welcome you and share some of our culture in a place where cultural encounters occurred from the Stone Age to the present.
11:30 Walk with stories & Joiks on the Sami culture. Jörgen Stenberg
Nesting sites, migration routes and the resting places of holy goddesses. An old Sami landscape is a place rich in interest and history. On the two kilometre walk to Koppsele you will be following in the footsteps of the people who created these ancient paths. For those who have trouble walking , we can offer a boat trip.
12.15-13.30 Lunch outside
13.30-15.00 Workshops on Sami culture
  • Jojk
  • Shamanism
  • Handicraft
  • Food
  • Herbs
15.30-17.00 Workshops on Sami culture (change groups)
17.00 Preparing food
19.00 Dinner outside & joiking, singing, storytelling.
As part of the evening activities we will be part of an exciting fishing tradition that is common in many parts of northern Sweden .
22.00 Walk to the road and bus to the hotel
This day we will be walking, and we will stay be outside the whole day, so it is important to wear shoes for walking in the forest, and clothes for outdoor activities. Keep an eye on the weather reports for Malå in Västerbotten to see what the temperature will be. We hope it will be sunny and warm (18 – 22 C )
Wednesday June 11
A Look At The Future
08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast
09.00 – 12.30 Travel by bus to Umeå,a stop at Mårdseleforsen, ariver with a large waterfall.
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch at the County Museum in Umeå, Gammlia
14.00 ”Cooperation within Europe” a future perspective,
The Västerbotten Storytelling Region, Anders Karlsson
14.30 Safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage –how they got the UNESCO accreditation, Eva Andersson, Ljungby Storytelling Museum.
15.00 – 15.15 Introduction for Seminars, workshops and discussion groups
15.30 – 17.00 Seminars – Workshops – Discussions
1: Promoting Storytelling in a digital world.
2: Tellers without borders.
3: Improvisation and storytelling.
4: Regional cooperation for building a storytelling culture
5: ‘Storytelling to Educate for Life’
17.15 Tea, coffee & sandwich in the Dancehall
Sum up and a “hand over” to Greece
19.00 Travel by bus to Västerbacken, the conference hotel.
Dinner and party by the sea
Thursday June 12
08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast
09.00 – 11.00 FEST General Meeting : finances and structure
The General Meeting of the FEST International Non-Profit Organisation will be held on the last morning of the conference: Thursday June 12th. All member organisation delegates are invited to attend the General Meeting to discuss and vote on FEST INPO issues. If your organisation wishes to put in a bid to organize the FEST conference in 2017 (for those of you who don’t know, each year the conference location is changed), please remember to bring in a short presentation regarding when/where/why so we can determine where FEST will be held in 2017.
FEST General Meeting : financial report, proposal for a more stable board.
FEST General Meeting : mission and vision
12.00 Lunch
13.30 Buses are leaving for Umea










Nu är det snart dags. Den europeiska berättarkonferensen FEST 2014 kommer att anordnas i Västerbotten av BNS. Det har blivit Sveriges tur att vara värd för den konferensen, och att det är en stor möjlighet att göra hela Sveriges berättarrörelse synlig. På konferensen får BNS medlemmar en chans att möta och nätverka med de europeiska berättarna och en möjlighet att dela erfarenheter med de andra ländernas berättarorganisationer. Detta är en unik möjlighet att samla det svenska berättandet – i samvaro med det europeiska. Vi i BNS styrelse hoppas att det blir många som sluter upp i Västerbotten 9-12 juni.



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