Landscape narrative is a vital and under-realised European asset that connects citizens to their local environments while also providing common resources, values and identities that transcend geographical and cultural borders. By seeing through the eyes of others we look anew at our own place; by looking again at our own place we learn to see other environments with fresh eyes. 'Seeing Stories' will enhance and creatively communicate a shared experience of place, by bringing together local and international dimensions, so increasing mutual understanding and promotion of European landscape narrative in contemporary cultural and economic contexts.
Project partners established in Scotland, Italy, Portugal and Germany will work on the achievement of several shared objectives, mainly focusing on the use of live storytelling for recovering and promoting landscape narratives and resulting in the delivery of storytelling festivals in Edinburgh (2013 and 2014), Lisbon (2014), Florence (2014) and Aachen (2014). Another important aspect of the project is the development of creative Storyguides related to specific areas in partners' countries, exploring new ways of engaging with places and helping building up a vision that embraces both the local and the European dimension. Project partners aim at a sustainable development of the project objectives and resources, both linking to local stakeholders and establishing an international network for sharing results, best practices and cooperation ideas.