Digital Storytelling Festival is an online event by Europeana and The Heritage Lab, non-profits in Europe and India bringing culture to people digitally.
There are millions of openly licensed digitised objects from cultural institutions across the world. Turning them into stories is an opportunity to reach the audiences even when the institutions’ buildings are closed, to create engaging experiences and to remain relevant.
Throughout May, we’re inviting curators, communication and social media professionals, museum educators, students and everyone interested in creating engaging digital stories to:
The first edition of the Digital Storytelling Festival encouraged people to create digital stories from openly licensed cultural heritage collections. At its recent closing event, Festival participants, the Jury and cultural heritage enthusiasts celebrated and looked back at the inaugural edition.
The session began with a peek behind the scenes of organising the festival, participants’ insights into their submissions and digital storytelling, and wider reflections on cultural heritage’s role in the emerging creator economy.
This thought-provoking dialogue was followed by the long-awaited, much-anticipated announcement of the Festival prize winners… here are the entries recognised by the Jury and the audience!
The first edition of the Digital Storytelling Festival encouraged people to create digital stories from openly licensed cultural heritage collections. Join the Festival’s Closing Online Event on Wednesday July 21st
12:15 PM — 1:30 PM BST | 1:15 PM — 2:30 PM CEST
4:45 PM — 6 PM IST | 8:45 PM — 10 PM AGST
During this interactive online sessions, we will:
Digital cultural heritage collections are a great way to preserve and promote folk tales, music and traditional ways of living. Take a look at this selection of open collections exploring folklore from across Europe.
GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) is the second most popular image format used on the Internet, after JPEG. While GIFs have been around for about 30 years, they became very popular in the 2010s, with the rise of social media — especially Tumblr. The Oxford English Dictionary even named GIF as Word of the Year in 2012.
As they’re easy to use and universally supported, GIFs are everywhere. They’re also perfect for telling digital stories, here’s why:
Even a subtle animation brings images to life
Digitised cultural heritage collections can play an important role in protecting and promoting diversity and inclusion. Explore this selection of material from across the world featuring the cultural heritage of various communities:
Are you looking to create digital stories using openly licensed cultural heritage content from around the world? If you’re unsure about how to start, don’t worry — the internet has got your back!
Following are a list of easily accessible tools that will help you create videos, graphics, social media posts, interactive images, GIFs, and a lot more. Explore, get inspired and learn:
Everyday objects and images depicting daily life — inspiring open collections can tell a lot about the way people lived in the past. They also help bring memories and ideas to life. Explore this selection of objects from cultural heritage across the world:
While digital storytelling can take many different forms, the best examples engage people on a personal and emotional level. Watch our video and take a look at the infographic to learn about best practices — in less than 10 minutes!
Would you like to learn more and explore the examples? Read our article here. Ready to create your own story for our creative competition? Find out how it works, discover step-by-step tutorials and inspiring content and submit your entry. Don’t forget to share your thoughts using hashtag #DigiStoryFest on social media.