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Nordic Storytelling Centre – a summary

Nordic Storytelling Centre – a part of Västerbottensteatern

Located in Skellefteå, in the region of Västerbotten in northern Sweden, Nordiskt Berättarcentrum (Nordic Storytelling Centre) was established in 2018 with the aim of creating a resource centre for the art of storytelling.

Activities are carried out locally, regionally, nationally, and in the Nordic arena, as well as with connections in Europe’s storytelling network.

Our areas of activity include:
• Storytelling as an educational approach.
• Storytelling as a scenic art form.
• Storytelling as a way of preserving, conveying, and bringing to life our cultural heritage.
• Storytelling as a social tool.

The activity profile is based on the strong Västerbotten tradition of documentary storytelling – each person’s story is worth listening to. Nordiskt Berättarcentrum organises conferences, seminars, and workshops, produces storytelling performances and organises storytelling nights with themes such as Life Stories. Berättarkraft is a scholarship awarded annually, supported by the local energy company Skellefteå Kraft. Kvinnorum is a study circle organised in collaboration with other cultural players and educational associations, providing an arena where Swedish and Afghan women can meet, talk, and socialise. In addition, we’re working with other storytelling players in the Nordic Region to collaborate in various contexts, including festivals.

Nordiskt Berättarcentrum has the responsibility of operating and developing, along with other cultural players, the annual Storytelling Festival in Skellefteå, arranged since 2009. A festival week featuring more than one hundred storytelling events, attracting about 9,500 visits.

Västerbottensteatern has been commissioned by Skellefteå Municipality to establish Nordiskt Berättarcentrum. The centre also receive project support from Region Västerbotten and the Swedish Arts Council.