Recording of verbal stories

The people were an important source of information about traditional games and sports, apart from the internet and the various files that cultural organisations maintain. Since we search for and record games and sports that the children do not play anymore or do not even know, we addressed older people with the objective to provide us with information and tell us stories from their childhood in the neighbourhood.

The aim of this action is to locate elderly people who will narrate with as many details the characteristics of the games and sports they played, the rules and the way of playing them, the rewards etc. The recording of stories contributes not only to the selection of games and sports that accompanied the demonstration festival in July at the neighbourhoods of our city, but also enriches the cultural records of our city which are related to the intangible cultural heritage. In this way, we expand this record, which can also be accessed by the public who will want to be informed, add personal experiences and material evidence, and maintain the cultural heritage of the area, as well.

Methodology:
The recording of the ancient and traditional sports and games of each partner country was realised through specialised questionnaires and interviews addressed to the elderly.

From each country, a project team was assigned to carry out, collect, evaluate and analyse the recordings. This action was carried out simultaneously in each country.

The process of oral recordings lasted 20 – 30 minutes and in total, 123 interviews were carried out. An overview of the interviews is presented next:

City
Kavala, Greece
Warsaw, Poland
Nuremberg, Germany
Stromstad, Sweden
Russe, Bulgaria
Questionnaires
60
21
16
16
10
Recorded Sports and Games
98
40
40
25
57

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