Storytelling for Social Cohesion

National Museum for Ethnography and Natural History of Moldova visited Ljungby Storytelling Festival.

This years’ festival gained international interest from several different countries, not least due to the Land of Legends extensive work on the Unesco Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, and as a result of the inscription on the Register for Good Safeguarding Practice, that we received in November last year.

One of these delegations came from the National Museum for Ethnography and Natural History of Moldova, Chisinau. Representatives from the museum had, together with the Land of Legends, applied for and had been granted seed funding from Swedish Institute for the project “Storytelling for Social Cohesion“. The Moldova delegation wanted to incorporate storytelling in their portfolio as a way to build trust and social cohesion, but experienced that they lacked the tools to do so. The aim for this joint project was thus to inspire and to share ideas on how to work with oral storytelling material in a museum setting.

During the festival, the delegation took part of a two-day international seminar, where different ways to work with, and transmit oral tradition material were being explored and discussed. Day one focused on how the Land of Legends works with oral storytelling tradition. Together with the other participants, the Moldova delegation visited several of our Legendary Places in the landscape, went for a guided tour at the Museum of Legends and took part of discussions on how storytelling can be used as tool in pedagogy, and as means to cope with natural disasters. During the second day the seminar participants listened to presentations discussing several different aspects of storytelling tradition, ranging from how legends are used in theme parks in Northern Sweden, and how the Swedish Institute for Language and Folklore makes oral tradition material available through digitalization, to how storytelling is used in schools in Kenya. Furthermore, the delegation took part of workshops, performances and all the events that Ljungby Storytelling Festival had to offer.

 We are happy for the opportunity to share our experiences and for fruitful conversations with the delegation from the National Museum for Ethnography and Natural History of Moldova, and grateful to the Swedish Institute for making this collaboration possible.


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