Landscape narrative is a vital and under-recognised European asset that connects citizens to their local environments while also providing common resources, values and identities that transcend geographical and cultural borders. By seeing through the eyes of others we cast a new light on old places; by looking again at our own place we learn to see other environments with fresh eyes.
The Seeing Stories project enhanced and creatively communicated a shared experience of place by bringing together local and international dimensions. It also increased mutual understanding and promotion of European landscape narrative in contemporary cultural and economic contexts.
Project partners established in Scotland, Italy, Portugal and Germany worked on shared objectives, mainly focusing on the use of live storytelling for recovering and promoting landscape narratives. The results were a series of storytelling pieces which were presented at storytelling festivals in Edinburgh (2013 and 2014), Lisbon (2014), Florence (2014) and Aachen (2014).
Another important aspect of the project was the development of creative Storyguides, related to specific areas in partner countries, who explored new ways of engaging with places and helped to build a vision that embraces both the local community and the European dimension.
More information on the project can be found on http://seeingstories.eu
With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union
Seeing Stories has ended. But through the project, many individuals and organisations crossed paths who want to share good practice and creative skills. So thre has been a call to form an international network called Stories in Place. The network is open to all those who through their work, art or volunteering wish to strengthen the connections between people and place through storytelling, with the aim being to further strengthen international friendship and collaboration.
If you would like to be part of Stories in Place please contact Donald Smith, Project Manager of Seeing Stories, and Director of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival.