Getting ready for final project meeting

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Already tomorrow partners from all six project countries will meet in Lodz, Poland to discuss project results and introduce themselves with storytelling traditions of Lodz. Meeting will take place from 20th to 24th of May 2014. 

During the meeting participants will have possibility to get to know more about Lodz city past and present through stories, to participate in storytelling workshops and prepare map of stories. On 23d of May Final Conference of the project will take place. Project partner organizations will discuss their experiences in the project and project results and will here presentations by Dr. Natalia Pater Ejgierd on Visual storytelling and Dr. Kamila Lasocińska  on the international project “T-story”.

More detailed programme of the meeting is available here.

Project “Common Stories of Europe” is Grundtvig Learning partnership Project. It lasts from August 2012 until July 2014.

Project ”Common Stories of Europe” organizations from 6 European countries take part.” Orka Consulting-Lodz (Poland), Association CITRIN-sdružení pro osobní rozvoj, o. s. (Czech Republic), “George Topirceanu” Culture and Arts center (Romania), Librotondo Soc. Coop ONLUS (Italy), Associação Empresarial de Paços de Ferreira (Portugal). Project leading partner is Vidzeme Culture and Art Association  “Haritas” (Latvia).

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Genoa is waiting for us

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From 5 to 9 March 2014 will be held in Italy (Genoa), the next meeting of the project Common Stories of Europe, where the cooperative Librotondo organized the Storytelling Festival “The city of tales.”

In Genoa, as part of the local actions of the project, the social cooperative Librotondo has collaborated with different local realities on the subject of the Storytelling in different social contexts.

In particular, have been held meetings on reading and storytelling with Ama Association: a group of citizens in Via della Maddalena, in the Old Town, which offers activities and initiatives for the redevelopment of the neighborhood.

Another local action of the project was held at the International Library for Children “E. De Amicis” in Genoa from November 2013 to February  2014: a course of training and methodological exchange for 15 people from different associations that use storytelling in their work: librarians, booksellers, volunteers, educators, teachers.

With this group, it was created a new tool for telling stories, which will be presented in Genoa on March 7th. The European partners will visit the International Library for Children “E. De Amicis” and work with the people who attended the course, during a day of stories and experiences, entirely dedicated to methodologies for storytelling in different social contexts (hospitals, schools, prisons, libraries and other public spaces).

The activity program in Genoa, will also be full of activities, discovering places, flavors, stories and experiences: the exhibition Dialogue in the Dark, which takes place entirely in total darkness with a blind guide, the interactive exhibition dedicated to Italian emigration and immigration in the world at the Museum of Sea and Navigation; a visit to an old chocolate factory founded in 1866, which preserves the original furnishings and equipment, the gastronomic-themed evening held at La Taverna di Colombo: a small typical and fine restaurant; visiting Camogli, an ancient fishing village and the medieval abbey of St. Fruttuoso with the history of the area and the legends of Liguria; the meeting with the citizens’ association “Ama”: they will present the project of a place for the exchange of books and tales, showing their work for the redevelopment of the neighborhood which, for years, has paid in terms of decay and abandonment.

On the final night, which will be held in the Palazzo Ducale, one of the most beautiful monuments in Genoa, the ancient seat of government in the thirteenth century, the project will end with a concert, entirely dedicated to the guests, of the musical group “Rebis”: the duo from Genoa formed by Alessandra Ravizza and Andrea Megliola, will talk about stories in music and will present some excerpts from the debut CD “Shipwrecked in the Desert”.

 

International Storytelling festival and meeting in Portugal

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At the time when in Latvia already had flown the first autumn breathes, it was wonderful even for a short period of time to return in the summer, to share a common  stories of Europe. Already arriving at the Porto and feeling the positive influence of warm weather, we understand why in Portuguese people faces we can see joy, openness and kindness.  Also in our eyes start to sparkle and even more start to shine when in airport we see our project partners who are waiting for us to start the common adventure.
We are going to the city Paços de Ferreira. The city is known also as the capital city of  furniture manufacture in Portugal. And really, wherever you look – furniture and all  you want for your interior. But it doesn’t mean that developed are just business and manufacturing sector. Also education, culture and social sectors are developed. For successful cooperation and support providing big meaning gives non-governmental organizations and associations.
Learning about national history, songs, dances, art, architecture, food and traditions, and also getting to know and communicating with local inhabitants, gave us great insight in Portuguese culture heritage richness. The stories were used to explore all the themes above and that made all information more attractive, interesting, easier understandable and memorable. And we even more strengthened the belief that storytelling methods using is important and necessary. It must be developed also in Vidzeme region, Latvia.
Great impressions gave Porto visit. Porto is second largest city in Portugal and also the home of traditional drink Port vine. Sensations, which gave the view to Gustav Eifel bridge over the river Duoru and city panorama, were unique. And in the end of project meeting given opportunity to see the sunset in Atlantic Ocean and in moonlight dipped the feet into the cold water – a dream come true!


These word about meeting said Latvian participants from Vidzeme Culture and Art Association “Haritas”. This was the fourth meeting of the project.

During the four days of the project, using the storytelling, the participants have enriched their knowledge about the culture of the Portuguese people, learned a lot about the history of Portugal, legends, customs and so they know more about the Portugal inhabitants.

On 18.09.2013, a meeting between the project participants took place; discussions were held about the activities that each partner has achieved in its own organization.

On 09.19.2013 the official opening of the meeting of the project was held; after official opening was held, workshop took placed where the host organization presented in an interactive way storytelling tools. It followed a visit to the school “Obra Social Silvia Cardoso,” a lot of the disabled people from this school being active participants in the “Common Stories of Europe”. They did a musical presentation – “Mission, Vision and Values”, they dramatized a story that played it – “The Old Hermit’s Legend” after which discussions were held on the basis of the spectacle.  After lunch we started to Felgueiras where the presentation of the institution “Rota do Romanico» was done. The host partners used storytelling to present Monastery “Blessed Virgin Mary of Pombeiro” and the house Pão-de-lo House.

On 20.09.2014, the project meeting began with a visit to the Sanfins Citânia where stories starting with proto-history of Portugal were told.  Storytelling method was presented at the Monastery of Ferreira too.  The last part of the program consisted of an intercultural evening. Dances belonging to all the partner countries were presented by young and adults interns from “Obra Social Silvia Cardoso”.

On 21.09.2014, we left Pacos Ferreira and arrived to Porto where we visited the Serra do Pilar Monastery; our hosts used storytelling method for presenting historical past of Portugal. A storytelling workshop held in a museum-studio in which participants organized as a TV team conducted a short film about storytelling; some experiential stories were presented. The ceremony of awarding certificates of participation was made on the Atlantic coast where a vocal group presented traditional Portuguese music. Project meeting provided new ways to use storytelling method, made a bridge between generations, young people, adults and old people working together, sharing experiences, learning from each other, enriching and culture and developing their language skills. Also high appreciation of artistic moments of the people with disabilities helped to increase their self-esteem thanks to the appreciation shown by the participants of the project.

On 22.09.2013 we returned to our own countries.

Project ”Common Stories of Europe” organizations from 6 European countries take part.” Orka Consulting-Lodz (Poland), Association CITRIN-sdružení pro osobní rozvoj, o. s. (Czech Republic), “George Topirceanu” Culture and Arts center (Romania), Librotondo Soc. Coop ONLUS (Italy), Associação Empresarial de Paços de Ferreira (Portugal). Project leading partner is Vidzeme Culture and Art Association  “Haritas” (Latvia).

Next Project meeting and storytelling festival will take place in Italy, Genoa from 5th till 9th  March, 2014.

More information about project and meeting in Portugal – https://www.facebook.com/CommonStoriesOfEurope

Project “Common Stories of Europe” is Grundtvig Learning partnership Project. It lasts from August 2012 until July 2014.

International storytelling festival in Romania

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From July 24th to July 28th, 2013 in Romania, city of Curtea de Arges international storytelling festival „Once upon a time” took place. Festival was organized in the framework of Project „Common Stories of Europe”. During the festival Romanian partners from “George Topirceanu” Culture and Arts center organized various interesting activities, involving local inhabitants and Project partners. In the park of Arges Monastery experience and historical stories were told, also great story from young storytellers on legends from Monastery was presented.

Project participants also visited Poenari fortress, history of which is closely linked to life story of Dracula (Vlad Tepes). Here “Stories of Dracula” were told, clarifying the true story of count’s life and events of that time.

During the festival participants also had possibility to visit Vidraru Lake, where project partners took part in creative workshops “Storytelling through colours”, enhanced their communication skills and gain experience in creating and presenting stories.

This was the third project partners meeting. During it partners also presented their “home works” – prepared creative, traditional and experience stories. Participants also visited city municipality. Project coordinators were invited to take part in regional TV broadcast, where they told about project and its activities. Project partners also did project evaluation, planning and specification of following project activities.

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Photos from the festival in Romania: https://www.facebook.com/CommonStoriesOfEurope

Next Project meeting and storytelling festival will take place in Portugal, September 2013.

In Project ”Common Stories of Europe” organizations from 6 European countries take part.” Orka Consulting-Lodz (Poland), Association CITRIN-sdružení pro osobní rozvoj, o. s. (Czech Republic), “George Topirceanu” Culture and Arts center (Romania), Librotondo Soc. Coop ONLUS (Italy), Associação Empresarial de Paços de Ferreira (Portugal). Project leading partner is Vidzeme Culture and Art Association “Haritas” (Latvia).

Project “Common Stories of Europe” is Grundtvig Learning partnership Project. It lasts from August 2012 until July 2014.

Once a upon a time in Bohemia

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The second project meeting was held in the Czech Republic. From the 17th till the 20th of April, 2013. This project meeting was named “Old Time Stories” and the participants had the opportunity to experiment – during 3 days the storytelling method was used in the activities that were located in two castles of Western Bohemia.

On 17 April 2013, the first day of this meeting, all the participants came to Prague. After welcome session during which the participants get to know each other, a short workshop example/illustration was organized: “Older are teaching younger telling stories and listening” – based on illustration on specific traditions from the host countries.

On 18 April 2013, in the morning the participants left the capital and went to the first castle from Western Bohemia – Zamec Valec; here a workshop with multiple tasks lasted all the day. Each team of participants had its own task but all the teams had to create their own stories about the visited places. Each team imagined and created their own stories about those historical places and at the end the real stories about those places was told by organizers. After workshop all participants had gone to the second castle were, in the evening, a working session of the project coordinators from each country took place.

On 19 April 2013 a multi stage outside activity was developed in order to discover the real story of historical castle Becov and of the shrine of St. Maurus. Inside the shrine there are skeletal remains of St. John the Baptist, St. Maurus and St. Timothy. The reliquary of Saint Moor is the second most famous goldsmith monument in the Czech Republic .The participants were split in 4 teams. Each team was prepared using questions, internet information and shared to the others teams the stories discovered by them in the areas investigated. The real stories of those places were told by those who have found the shrine in 1985 – one of them was a representative of the secret police, the other was an American treasure hunter. Both of them, in front of all of us told their stories. So, we learned more about the history and culture and our partner country. In the evening, during the closing ceremony other stories about those places were told. So the participants could understand better lived history of the Czech people.

On 20 April 2013 each team went to their countries.

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