The New World of Traditional Oral Storytelling

European Storytellers Are The Guests of Schools During Interactive Storytelling Projects

Storytellers from different countries in Europe will visit schools in the 2024 European Capital of Culture Salzkammergut region and tell stories in the oral tradition in different languages in a variety of different school levels.

(Original title: Die neue Welt des traditionellen mündlichen Erzählens)

Subject to change
Helmut Wittmann, Märchenerzähler
© Thom Trauner

Naceur Charles Aceval, Sabina Haslinger, Alexandra Kampmeier, Birgit Lehner, Richard Martin, Heike Vigl (Artists)
MundArt – Verein zur Förderung überlieferter Kultur in Wort und Klang, Christa Schmollgruber, Claudia Mohr, Sabina Haslinger, Helmut Wittmann (Project Leaders)
Sonja Zobel (Project Management for the 2024 European Capital of Culture Salzkammergut)


About the project

The stories will be told in groups of a maximum size of two classes with a total of 50 students, at the most. This is intended to ensure that a lively exchange is possible and that the students can receive detailed attention.

The storytelling sources such as fairytales, legends, myths and traditional tales will be tailored to the various school level through a corresponding selection and preparation of the content.

Goal of the Project

  1. Supporting the language development in children
  2. Communication of artistically extraordinary forms of narrative art from different regions of Europe
  3. Supporting knowledge of foreign languages and literary comprehension
  4. Experiencing the diversity of European narratives, narrative forms and languages
  5. Suggesting that storytelling be used as a permanent component of teaching in schools

Sustainable Aspects of the Project (ecological, societal, social sustainability)

  1. Invigorating storytelling as a form of societal glue for a lively sense of togetherness.
  2. A playful exchange about critical issues in life due to the contemporary nature of the narrative material.
  3. Rediscovering the joy in and desire for oral exchange.


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