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Every year, the Europeana Initiative runs the Digital Storytelling Festival in collaboration with the Heritage Lab. The international event encourages cultural heritage professionals, educators, creatives, and students from Europe, India and beyond to boost their storytelling skills and tell stories exploring culture. We hope to inspire participants to create connections between art, culture and history and the contemporary world.

Residency programme

This year, Europeana and the Digital Heritage Lab worked with a small group of participants (eight people) in our first Digital Storytelling Festival Online Creative Residency. We brought students and new professionals who want to gain storytelling skills in a professional setting together with experts in a range of formats - writing/creative writing, animation and social media. 

Together, the group produced content to be shared by Europeana, exploring LGBTQ+ and queer stories, narratives and cultural heritage from all around Europe, to add to our LGBTQ+ feature page.

Discover the residency and and the mentors below. 

Animations, social media stories and new writing created with Digital Storytelling Festival Online Creative Residency
Der Kuss
Behrens, Peter
National Museum in Warsaw
News Created: 18 July 2023 Beth Daley

Animations, social media stories and new writing created with Digital Storytelling Festival Online Creative Residency

Participants taking part in the first ever Online Creative Residency from Europeana’s Digital Storytelling Festival have published their creative outcomes. Explore animations, social media stories and new writing relating to LGBTQ+ culture and communities.

Digital Storytelling Festival Online Creative Residency boosts students’ and professionals’ storytelling skills
Helsinki Pride 2013 -kulkue
Hanhirova, Melissa
Finnish Heritage Agency
News Created: 13 June 2023 Beth Daley

Digital Storytelling Festival Online Creative Residency boosts students’ and professionals’ storytelling skills

This year’s Digital Storytelling Festival has a new element - our first ever Online Creative Residency! Read on to discover how the residency is celebrating LGBTQ+ stories and building participants’ skills in social media, creative writing and animation.

Writing/ creative writing mentor

Beth says: ‘I love words and I love how stories create connections between people and the world around us. I’m looking forward to working with participants, helping them find their own voice and develop their storytelling skills. It might be a profile of an individual, a hidden story about a particular community, or even a poem inspired by an artwork or movement - I can’t wait to see what the group develops.’

Social media mentors

Marianna says: ‘An avid listener, I believe that change can only come from exchanging ideas and opinions, always striving to find unexplored connections between people to create new communities. I love exploring different ways of communicating cultural content with the use of new media to reach ever more and more involved audiences, combining the use of social media and storytelling. Ethical communication is my soft obsession, I’m very critical about anything-washing.’  

Carola says: 'I firmly believe that storytelling is the way through which we give life and voice to objects by showing ourselves to others. I look forward to meeting the participants and creating emotional and significant stories with them.'

Animation mentor

  • AniTatoes Animations

    Creative Specialist

    Nick loves experimenting with animation techniques and has worked with a number of cultural clients on animating a selection of their images, music, or illustrations to celebrate an anniversary, promote a service, explain and simplify a strategy, or even bring a Bhangra song alive! He particularly…

Nick says: ‘I love how you can bring ideas alive and tell short stories using a mix of simple animation techniques, colour and engaging content. I’m looking forward to working with participants to impart some of the knowledge I’ve learnt when experimenting with a range of animation techniques. I’m hoping to introduce them to new animation software and apps which will help their workflow and ideas come to fruition and want them to feel like their creations are just the beginning of their animated journeys!‘ 


In 2023, the Digital Storytelling Festival took place on 9 - 10 May 2023. Keynote talks, panel discussions and workshops showcased some of the innovative ways digital tools are used to bring cultural heritage stories to life. 


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