Information in English
The Storytelling Festival in Skellefteå is a week full of the power of storytelling and delight in watching and listening. Here, we meet storytellers from the Storytelling Town of Skellefteå and from the region of Västerbotten. Together with national and international guests, they offer a host of storytelling experiences for all ages and tastes. The programme offers storytelling in many different forms – storytelling theatre, storytelling cafés, literary storytelling, seminars, music, competitions, workshops, story times and a lot more.
The Storytelling Festival is a display window for all forms of storytelling. The aim is to show the importance of storytelling, both on stage and as a working method in several other contexts such as teaching, integration, transfer of cultural inheritance and corporate storytelling.
The centre of the Storytelling Festival is the cultural area of Nordanå and the Västerbotten Theatre. During the festival week, programmes are also being organised throughout the Municipality of Skellefteå.
Storytelling Festival 2013
The fifth Storytelling Festival in Skellefteå will take place from 22 to 28 April. Diversity and breadth are, as always, the motto of the festival, but this year we will also focus a little more on different ways to use storytelling as a tool for example in healing, learning, corporate marketing and to preserve the cultural heritage. Totally there are more than 140 events during the storytelling week.
The Storytelling Festival is a collaboration project with various actors who wish to retain the strong storytelling tradition in the region, and develop the role of storytelling in Skellefteå. Those who have taken the initiative and are the main organisers of the festival are Skellefteå Municipality’s Cultural Administration, Skellefteå Museum, the regional Västerbotten Theatre and Västerbotten Museum. The festival is mainly financed by Skellefteå Municipality and Region Västerbotten (the regional administration).
These four main organisers are responsible for arranging many of the programme items, but there are also many other local actors, such as educational associations, societies, schools, cafés, folk high schools, bookshops, libraries and others. There is also close coordination with two ongoing EU projects: The Region Västerbotten administration is running the project of Västerbotten – the Storytellers’ County, in which the Storytelling Town of Skellefteå Project is organised by Skellefteå Municipality’s Cultural Administration.