Seminar 13-14 June – In the Land of Legends

Join us for a Seminar in the Land of Legends!
13-14 June 2019 in Ljungby Sweden

The Storytelling Festival of Ljungby is the oldest annual storytelling festival in the Nordic countries. Since 1990, storytellers, folklorists, and story-lovers have met here to share stories, and discuss topics related to transmission and safeguarding of oral tradition. This year, special attention will be given to that the Land of Legends was adopted to the UNESCO Register of Good Safeguarding Practice under the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage during the UNESCO committee meeting in November 2018.

A core word in the Convention is sharing – and this is what we would like to do during Ljungby Storytelling Festival, which take place between June 13 and June 16. With this letter we would like to invite you to join us for a two-day seminar on the topic Oral Storytelling Tradition. The seminar will take place on June 13 and 14. During these days, invited folklorists, scholars, storytellers and representatives from the Land of Legends will explore and share different ways to work with Intangible Cultural Heritage, in this case oral storytelling tradition. Join us for two days of inspiring lectures, fruitful conversations, guided tours and great company!

The seminar has been made possible with generous support from Kungliga Gustavus Adolphus Academy for Swedish Folkculture

How to Register

Please use the online registration form

Thursday June 13 at 09.00-16.00

Oral Storytelling Tradition – Introduction to Land of Legends
Day one will be dedicated to the work that is carried through in the Land of Legends. Join us for a tour in the Land of Legends. Get a guided tour at the Museum and listen to interesting lectures on how we work to safeguard the Intangible Cultural Heritage of oral storytelling in schools, our plans to develop the Land of Legends and deepen the work with the Convention for the Safeguarding of ICH, and how a devastating storm was coped with through storytelling.
The seminar will be held in English. Participants:

Meg Nömgård Director, Land of Legends.
Anna Blomster Folklorist, Storytelling Curator, Land of Legends
Peter Albinsson Organization developer, Land of Legends
Tine Winther Storytelling Pedagogue, Storyteller, Land of Legends
Ola Hemström Producer, Swedish Radio

Friday June 14 at 08.30-15.00

Oral Storytelling tradition – From Kenya to Hälsingland
During the second day of the seminar Oral Storytelling Tradition, we have the opportunity to be part of a deepening conversation that addresses a broad spectrum on the theme of oral storytelling tradition. Questions that will be explored includes: How do storytellers in Ghana and Kenya transmit their stories? How was magic spells used in peasant society Sweden? How is traditional oral material used in tourism industry? How can new technology be used to pursue research about the age of folktales, and contribute to make the folklore material accessible for all? Join us for an inspiring day where our invited guests share their examples on how they work with oral storytelling material today. The seminar will be held in English. Participants:

Bengt af Klintberg Professor, Folklorist and Author, Sweden
Prisca Na’ambome Yenzie – Regional Director of the Upper East Regional Museum, Ghana
Fredrik Skott Docent, Nordic Folkloristics, Åbo Akademi University, Finland, Research Archivist,
Institute for Language and Folklore, Sweden
Jamie Tehrani Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Durham University
Tora Wall Ph.D. student, Nordic Folkloristics, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
Grace Wangari Storyteller, Kenya


Welcome to The land of legends

About the Festival
Each year, just before midsummer, Ljungby Storytelling Festival takes place. This year, the dates are set to June 13 to June 16. The festival is a coproduction with Musik I Syd – an organization dedicated to share music from all over the world to southern Sweden. For four days, The Land of Legends will be filled with storytelling, music, workshops and lectures. During the festival, there is an easy to follow “English track” – where performances are held in English.


Price for both days – 152 Euro

Price for June 13 – 95 Euro
The price includes lunch, coffee and the grand opening of the festival:

19.00–21.00 Grand opening!
The opening of the festival is a veritable smorgasbord of artists, stories and music! Get a sneak peak of the rich festival and listen to old favorites from the 30 past festivals, and get to know new rising stars!

Price for June 14 – 95 Euro

The price includes lunch, coffee and the shows:

16.15–17.45 Ragnhild A. Mørch – HORIZON – Honouring a lived life
When the doorbell rang on the 18th of March 1944, he went to open the door. And didn’t return. A storytelling performance about blind happiness, poetry and the question of forgiveness.

20.45–22.15 Alice Fernbank, Svend-Erik Engh & Neil Sutcliffe – Giants
A dynamic, physical, musical performance which maps the rise and demise of GIANTS. The performance weaves Celtic and Nordic myths and folktales around a theme close to their hearts. They perform with the musician Neil Sutcliffe, who brings a musical voice to the stories.


The seminar is part of Ljungby Storytelling Festival. Why not stay a few more days and be part of the sparkling festival!

Price for festival ticket Saturday – 29 Euro
Price for festival ticket Sunday – 24 Euro

How to get here

Regardless if you travel from From Copenhagen, Kastrup airport, Stockholm, Arlanda airport, or Göteborg, Landvetter airport – you take the train to the town of Alvesta. From Alvesta, there are buses to Ljungby. We can also arrange transportation from Alvesta to Ljungby

Book and search timetable for train tickets.

Where to stay

Ljungby is a small town, and all accommodation options are in close vicinity of the festival area.
Hotel Terraza is located in the town center, and close to the festival area.
Hotel Linnea is located almost on the other side of the street from the Museum of Legends.
Hotel Garvaren is located in the same building as the seminar, and close to the Museum of Legends.
Ljungby Tourist Information for more information about other places to stay in the Ljungby area.

If yoy have any questions, please contact:

Welcome to Ljungby Sweden.
Looking forward seeing you in June!