European Stories

The international project European Stories ("Истории от Европа") with the support of Erasmus + developеd two years of activities encouraging the creation of new cultural routes in the tourism field. The project’s finale in February 2022 brought guidelines for generating local tourism microsystems, a platform with digital tools for storytelling, and a curriculum for creating touristic experiences.

In October 2021, the third international training in the framework of European Stories took place on site in Matera, Italy, led by the Italian partners Materahub. In it, partners and participants learned the secrets of the city and how residents and organizations work to preserve its cultural heritage and community by creating spaces for community experiences and considering tourists "temporary residents". Various business models were also tested in the training. The team of Intercultura Consult participated with an example from Bulgaria for the development of alternative cultural tourism in Chelopech. You can read more about the offer here.

On September 29, 2021, Intercultura Consult held a public event to share the results of the project in Sofia. Representatives of the cultural and tourism sector were presented with good practices in the field of cultural tourism from Europe, studied within the project. The participants also shared experiences and initiatives in the sector in Bulgaria.

In March and June 2021, the first two international trainings in the project were held. In them, the participants learned about different methods for extracting stories from the local context and for their application in the development of tourist proposals - live and in a digital environment. They also learned about various tools for creating and presenting stories in a digital environment, including AR and VR tools.

In the first training, the team of Intercultura Consult: Dr. Ruth Cherrington, Dr. Petya Koleva and Milena Berbenkova, introduced the participants to methods and techniques of transferring stories in a digital environment. Dr. Ruth Cherrington shared her experience in making place-cast stories about specific places in the form of a podcast or a vlog, in a lecture and a workshop. Participants had the opportunity to tell their own stories in this format. Dr. Petya Koleva and Milena Berbenkova shared trends in the interests of the public towards online content from a study by Intercultura Consult from the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021.

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The second transnational meeting for the project took place online on June 20, 2020. In the meeting the Bulgarian partners presented two organizations from Bulgaria, that work with alternative approaches in the presentation of a given space, and stimulate the linguistic and cultural diversity of the place: Meeting Points Foundation from Sofia, which conducts the Food and Spice Tour; and Association for Culture, Ethnology and Anthropology "Mediator", which conducts sensory walks in Plovdiv.

Within the project, the Bulgarian partners held experimental sessions - meetings with organizations and actors in the sector in Sofia (leading partner Intercultura Consult) and in Plovdiv (leading partment the Department of Ethnology at the University of Plovdiv "Paisii Hilendarski"). Discussions and findings from the meetings will help develop a training course for mediators and instructors for tourism activities. On March 5, 2020 in Sofia Intercultura Consult held an informal meeting with representatives of organizations and creators who use storytelling in their activities. (PDF)

The first transnational meeting of the project partners took place on 13-14 January 2020 in Bordeaux, France. Find out more about it from Petya Koleva's article here.

European Stories partners are: France: Le LABA, Les Balades Alternatives; Bulgaria: Intercultura Consult, University of Plovdiv "Paisii Hilendarski"; Italy: Materahub; Ireland: Momentum Marketing Services Ltd, Roscommon Leader Partnership; Romania: The National University of Theatre and Film "I.L.Caragiale". 2019-1-FR01-KA204-063140

The project is directed towards the conception of urban walks and experiences that:
- offer an alternative perspective on a given space (city, neighbourhood, district, etc.);
- share stories of places and local communities;
- stimulate the linguistic and cultural diversity of the place;
- strive to create opportunities for sustainable development of the tourism sector.

With the direct involvement of people who use their mother tongue, new technologies, and creative skills, the project aims to find a connection between language and the cultural space, and create innovation in the tourism services sector. It paves the way for the development of new cultural routes inspired by Plovdiv and the personal stories of the participants.

The partners plan to develop a training module and test models for the creation of a city tour based on local stories. Intercultura Consult works with the University of Plovdiv "Paisii Hilendarski" to develop a methodology and test the model, as well as to create a program to train representatives from different organizations or people from the local community who wish to develop their own tour related to their own people, history or city. Intercultura Consult's goals are both training and exploring the business models of inclusive tourism organizations to promote sustainable tourism and local development.

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