As part of the project 'Digital Stories of Small Historic Towns' – which is part of the European initiative 'Creative Europe' - from 4th-7th April in Škofja Loka 'Creative Week' took place entitled 'DIGITAL STORIES FOR AUDIENCES'.
As a partner in the project, the Slovenian Association of Historic Towns was the institution responsible for 'Creative Week' activities, with the following partners involved in the project: representatives from the Municipality of Topola in Serbia; representatives of the Italian Municipality of Fermo; and the leading partner in the project from Slovenia, Radovljica Municipality Museums.
During the workshop project partners, guests and other participants sought solutions for two of the project's challenges:
- how to use modern technology to make historic towns more interesting for residents and more enticing for visitors and tourists, and
- how to use modern technology and new digital tools to encourage a new audience into historic towns, primarily the young who, until now, have not shown interest in the areas of cultural heritage and history.
As part of 'Creative Week', on Tuesday and Wednesday the first creative 'Hekaton' took place in various historic towns throughout Slovenia on the theme: THE DIGITAL STORY OF MY TOWN'.
Ten teams took part, from children to students and pensioners, and together they sought the most appropriate ideas for the best 'Digital Story of My Town'.
At the international conference 'Digital Stories for an Audience' speakers presented the process of creating stories – from ideas to scenarios and then to actual production of digital stories – and acquainted participants with the use of new digital technologies for presenting cultural heritage in museums and historic towns.
At the conference, representatives of those teams attending the Hekaton presented the digital stories of towns:
- KOZJANSKO DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
- RADOVLJICA PENSIONERS' SOCIETY
- RADOVLJICA UPPER SECONDARY SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND RADOVLJICA UPPER SECONDARY SCHOOL: Team 1 – BAU, Business Unusual
- RADOVLJICA UPPER SECONDARY SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND RADOVLJICA UPPER SECONDARY SCHOOL: Team 2 – Radovljica FlyOver
- SLOVENSKE KONJICE UPPER SECONDARY SCHOOL
- ŠKOFJA LOKA UPPER SECONDARY SCHOOL: Team 1
- ŠKOFJA LOKA UPPER SECONDARY SCHOOL: Team 2
Additionally, the following project partners took part outside of the conference:
- RADOVLJICA MUNICIPALITY MUSEUMS
- THE MUNICIPALITY OF FERMO, Italy
- THE CENTRE FOR URBAN DEVELOPMENT BELGRADE, THE MUNICIPALITY OF TOPOLA, Serbia
Given that during Creative Week participants were acquainted with the use of new technology to learn about cultural heritage, the company Invida d.o.o., which ensured the professional conduct and co-ordination of the event, prepared mobile voting.
First place was shared by three teams, who in a short time period of 48 hours created exceptional digital stories and were rewarded by the enthusiasm of the audience and sincere recognition from the professionals.
The winning teams were:
- RADOVLJICA UPPER SECONDARY SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND RADOVLJICA UPPER SECONDARY SCHOOL:
Team 1 - BAU, Business Unusual: Žiga Resman, Žan Jovanovič, Jan Čurin, Gal Mladenovič, Maksimiljan
Zabukovec and Matic Jereb from classes 3a and 3b,
Team 2 - Radovljica FlyOver: Ryan Moolman and Kaja Kne from class 3a
- ŠKOFJA LOKA UPPER SECONDARY SCHOOL:
Team 1: Boštjan Kloboves and Gregor Rihtaršič from class 4a
All the digital stories created can be seen on the diStory project website.
Congratulations to all participants of the Hekaton. All of you are winners for demonstrating you were able to complete the entire process of creating stories in a limited time: from ideas, to the design and layout, scenarios, and the final production. We hope that the local areas will also recognise the opportunities presented by the project and include the digital stories in the tourist promotion of their towns.
On Friday, the final day of 'Creative Week', the project partners met with youngsters, who are one of the target groups for a new audience and for whom cultural heritage is not of interest and who do not visit museums. Students from the Škofja Loka Upper Secondary School - Sara Kejžar, Lara Maretič, Zala Prevc, Lara Rešek, Maša Gasar, Timotej Kuzma, Janže Aleš and Luka Kavčič – presented youths' views of cultural heritage, discussed topics that interest them, and, together with partners, assessed the pluses and minuses of the use of modern technology for learning about heritage.
You can see winning teams stories on diStory channel and in attached document. Other amazing stories will come up soon.