FEST Conference 2017

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FEST and Storytellers of Ireland invite you to join us for the 9th Federation of European Storytelling Conference from Wednesday 21 to Saturday 24 June 2017. The conference will be followed directly by an optional two-day storytelling festival.

Since the host region, County Louth, is part of the border region between Northern Ireland (U.K) and the Republic of Ireland, the theme of the conference will be Storytelling in Borderlands.



The conference will take place in An Grianán Conference Centre in Termonfeckin County Louth, Ireland. This beautiful sea-side venue is close the mouth of the famous river Boyne and to all the great sites in this mythological landscape. It is also well known for a comfortable and creative atmosphere and the excellent Irish home-cooking of local produce as developed by the Irish Countrywomen’s Association.

On Friday 23rd June, the conference will cross the border to County Armagh before returning to County Louth. The post-conference festival will see delegates venture northwards once more to two venues in County Armagh. Click on the icons below to explore the venues further.


Conference Programme

Click here for the FEST Conference programme.

Conference workshop topics will include: Storytelling and Education; Storytelling with Refugees and New Migrants; Storytelling in Minority Languages; Storytelling and Conflict Resolution; Stories in Translation; Storytelling and contemporary culture ; Reminiscence Work and Story-collecting from dementia patients; Oral and Written stories; and more.

Ireland’s unique Schools Collection and National Folklore Collection will be introduced to delegates and there will also be an opportunity to hear about the support for European Co-operative projects under the Creative Europe funding and support for cultural projects. There will be an opportunity to discuss projects with colleagues and with representatives from Creative Europe in Ireland.

On Friday 23rd June we will travel to Co. Armagh to visit Emhain Mhacha, the seat of the ancient Kingdom of Ulster, and Armagh City, which is the now the Ecclesiastical Capital of Ireland. Delegates will have an opportunity to appreciate the rich shared culture of this Border region once known as the ancient Kingdom of Oriel.

The FEST conference programme will run from 21st-24th June. A two-day storytelling festival will follow directly afterwards (24th and 25th June), taking place in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. Click here for further information.


How to book

The conference is now fully booked.


Getting there

Click here for FEST travel information.



Please note that the conference and post conference festival will take place in both County Louth (Ireland) and County Armagh (Northern Ireland). Ireland uses Euro and Northern Ireland uses Pounds Sterling.



Storytellers of Ireland and FEST would like to gratefully acknowledge the kind support of the following sponsors:

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