Once upon a time, in the spring of April 2023, a group of three Estonians embarked on a wondrous adventure to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Their quest? To polish their storytelling skills and uncover the magic hidden within the art of narrative. Little did they know that their journey would be filled with enchantment and discovery.
As they arrived in the picturesque land of Bosnia, they found themselves surrounded by a diverse group of fellow storytellers from Malta, Serbia, Hungary, Spain, Poland, Ukraine, and Bulgaria. Each participant brought a unique talent and perspective to the gathering. Singers, poets, and even film artists united under the shared passion for storytelling.
During their time together, they delved into the intricacies of stories. They read the same tales but discovered that each person interpreted them in a different way. Through thought-provoking exercises and discussions, they unraveled the secrets of storytelling and shared their insights with one another.
Yet, their journey held more challenges and revelations. Every day, they faced the task of honing their public speaking skills. They were taught to immerse themselves fully in the moment, allowing their stories to flow from the depths of their souls. They performed their tales before an audience of over 30 people, with emotions ranging from nerves to exhilaration, from tears to impassioned speeches. Through these shared experiences, their stories wove a bond, transforming them into a united family, akin to the tales of ancient Greece.
One particular day in Sarajevo stands out as a highlight of their adventure. The day began with the group collaborating to create a story together, although it remained somewhat unfinished. Drawing inspiration from the movie "Aliens" and the ideas shared the previous evening, they experimented with in-camera tricks to enhance their narrative. The presentations that followed were nothing short of inspiring, leaving their audience spellbound.
As their time in Bosnia drew to a close, they engaged in a reflective exercise, performing a SWOT analysis of themselves both individually and with the support of their newfound friends. They discovered that there were countless ways to connect the dots and realized that their thinking had been confined within the boundaries of boxes, both big and small.
With hearts full of gratitude and memories to treasure, the Estonians bid farewell to Bosnia and Herzegovina. They departed as transformed storytellers, armed with newfound knowledge, inspiration, and an expanded perception of the world. Their journey had revealed that stories possess the power to unite people across borders, cultures, and backgrounds, leaving an indelible mark on the tapestry of their lives. And so, their fairytale adventure came to a close, but the magic of storytelling would forever guide their paths.
Hanna-Loora Bobrov, Anton Neidre, Kadi Remann
Projektikogemused alates 2021-st aastast.