Seeing Stories

Recovering Landscape Narrative in Urban and Rural Europe



Landscape Narratives

Storytelling Festival


Aachen landscape Aachen storytelling festival Aachen organisation
The Research
The International Storytelling Festival „In-between-times"
Haus der Märchen und Geschichten e.V.

From the city centre into the surrounding landscape explore the history of Aachen and its landscape. From the neolithic flintstone industry to celtic settlers, roman baths, germanic spring sanctuaries and last but not least Charlemagne who chose Aachen to be at the centre of his empire.

What are the origins of this city, what led all those different cultures to settle here – is there something in this landscape that held them here.

Established in 1997, this Storytelling Festival was the first of its kind in Germany and until today it is also the biggest international Storytelling Festival aimed mostly at an adult audience.

Das Internationale Erzählfestival „Zwischen-Zeiten"

In 1997 rief Regina Sommer das Internationale Erzählfestival „Zwischen-Zeiten" in Aachen und Umgebung ins Leben. Seinerzeit das erste in Deutschland, ist es bis heute das größte internationale Erzählfestival Deutschlands, das sich in der Hauptsache an ein erwachsenes Publikum wendet.

The organisation promotes the art of storytelling and oral literature and facilitates the development of a network of professional German speaking storytellers across national borders. We run storytelling workshops and also organize the International Storytelling Festival "Zwischen Zeiten/In Between Times" taking place in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands for the last 16 years. We further the collection of folk and regional tales. We initiate European school outreach programmes and support local storytelling activities dealing with the own immediate past influenced by war.







Seeing Stories is ending as a project. But through the project we have met many individuals and organisations who want to share good practice and creative skills. So we are forming an international network called Stories in Place. The network is open to all those who through their work, art or volunteering wish to strengthen the connections between people and place through storytelling. Our aim is to further strengthen international friendship and collaboration.

If you would like to be part of Stories in Place please contact Donald Smith, Project Manager of Seeing Stories, and Director of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, on