Whether we feel we are included or have a sense of belonging or a shared identity often results from how we relate to our surroundings as individuals and as groups. Heritage plays a crucial role in this; it can be used to revive nationalistic narratives and sustain barriers or revive inclusive narratives by focussing on participation in contemporary meaning-making processes.
The way groups build inclusive narratives is at the core of the People Places Stories (PPS) project, an Erasmus + Strategic Partnership, which focuses on the capacity of heritage communities to build a socio-cultural space for creativity, learning, participation and inclusion.
In this webinar, we will look at the outcomes of the PPS and related projects and focus on storytelling and its potential role in heritage community building, civic participation, meaning-making, inclusion, value development etc.
Guy Tilkin, MA Geography and PG Anthropology at KUL Leuven were, for some years, European project manager and director of the Landcommanderij Alden Biesen, Belgium, an international culture and conference centre based in a historic castle.
In 1996, Guy Tilkin started an international storytelling festival that grew to become the biggest festival in Europe, unique in the world in its multilingual approach. He has also been the coordinator of a series of European projects under the Lifelong Learning, Creative Europe and Erasmus+ programmes and gained unique know-how on, for example, applied storytelling, heritage interpretation, heritage competence development and validation of non-formal learning.
Guy Tilkin is chair of the board of FEST, the Federation for European Storytelling.