Monthly Archives: December 2012

First project meeting has taken place


At the beginning of December in Valmiera, Latvia participants of the project “Common Stories of Europe” gathered for their first meeting. Aim of the meeting – to get to know each other better and decide on following activities of the project. 

During the meeting its participants got to know more on Valmiera City and Vidzeme Region, got acquainted with cultural and historical objects of Valmiera city, visited Valmiermuiža brewery, where shared beer stories and visited Cēsis City.

Storytelling expert Dr. Philol. Guntis Pakalns introduced participants of the meeting with storytelling movement in Latvia and currently implemented projects on this topic. Svetlana Sprūža from Valmiera Integrated Library Regional Training centre presented storytelling activities and projects of the library. Participants also had a possibility to see storyteller in action – that was demonstrated by young storyteller Lauris Jančevskis.

Meeting agenda and photos from the meeting. 

Project “Common Stories of Europe” is Grundtvig Learning partnership project which involves 6 partners: Vidzeme Culture and Art Association “Haritas” (Latvia), Orka Consulting-Lodz (Poland), Association CITRIN-sdružení pro osobní rozvoj, o. s. (Chech Republic), “George Topirceanu” Culture and Arts center (Romania), Librotondo Soc. Coop ONLUS (Italy), Associação Empresarial de Paços de Ferreira Portugal). Association “Haritas” is leading partner in this project.

Main aim of the project-to support the educational challenge of an ageing population in Europe and intergenerational cooperation between seniors and youth using story-telling learning, story-telling festivals and workshops, examples of good practice and learning to learn.

Main activities: international project meetings, storytelling workshops during storytelling festivals, development of WEB platform and Methodical, video and audio materials about Storytelling, story preparing and telling, information day for stakeholders, final conference.

Next project meeting and storytelling festival “Old Time Stories” will take place in The Czech Republic, April 2013.

Project lasts from August 2012 until July 2014.

Project is financed by European Commission Life-Long Learning Programme “Grundtvig” action “Learning Partnerships”.


Madara Aldiņa

Project Manager of

Vidzeme Culture and Art Association “Haritas”