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City of Storytelling

The municipality of Skellefteå has proclaimed itself as the storytelling city. Storytelling has a long tradition in the area and to proclaim itself as the Storytelling city is a way of developing the phenomenon both as an art form and a factor for growth in the region. The trademark of Skellefteå is strengthened locally, regionally and nationally by the epithet The Storytelling City. The campaign can create a good breeding ground for developing both cultural and democratic aspects in Skellefteå as well as boosting trade and cultural tourism. In the municipalities current cultural plan, storytelling is an important factor in developing the libraries to local storytelling centres as well as enhancing our cultural heritage and generating cultural tourism. The libraries are vital places for integration where storytelling can be a significant part of a democratic society. They invite you to participate and find new friends regardless of age, ethnicity, gender or religion. The primary schools are working hard to increase the knowledge of storytelling through different art forms. Likewise, storytelling has developed as a method within the schools and geriatric care in Skellefteå in order to keep conversation alive and raising memories. Through pictures and objects the elderly get a more meaningful daily routine and an improved mental health.

Organizer: Skellefteå Municipality
Contact: Kristina Bygdén, kristina.bygden@skelleftea.se

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