This module constitutes the social event of the LWS, aiming to stimulate informal exchange while offering participants experiential interactions with the region's intangible heritage (local products, recipes, stories, music).
Who are you traveling with? Where do you want to go?
First Local Workshop:
Pick a destination and the right fellowship
Participants are invited to bring one artefact or local product that captures the cultural heritage of the region and to share a story about it with the group. This can be an interesting fact, a personal memory or an idea about the promotion of the PHS in terms of circular cultural tourism.
Think of intangible cultural heritage elements that can stimulate the 5 senses: different tastes, traditional music, a video projection, a live reading can give a special touch to participants’ experience.
Selecting the good Location
Select a location that can host the dinner, such as a restaurant or catering venue that reflects the local gastronomic heritage.
Ensure the venue can accommodate 25-30 people in one or two large tables, to enhance the feeling of community.
Make sure that you share the location with your guests early, giving clear information on access by public transport, parking and valid COVID-19 regulations.
Pick a theme
Pick a theme for the dinner to up the excitement, engage participants and set the tone of the interaction that will take place throughout the event.
This can be inspired by your region’s cultural identity (i.e. one or more local products, a colour that reminds a key landscape feature, or a collective memory that inspires conviviality and togetherness).
Find decorations that support your dinner’s theme and create a welcoming ambiance (flowers, candles).
Make sure that whatever is in the center of the dinner table isn’t so tall that your guests can’t comfortably see each other and chat around it. Remember that people tend to be more comfortable sharing and conversing in low light that’s warm and welcoming, as opposed to stark, bright light.
5 min - Facilitator welcomes participants in virtual dinnertime plenary and explains the activity.
30 min - Participants eat their (self-prepared) meals and one-byone share their artefacts (or recipes!) with the group.
10 min - Tech host randomly sorts participants into a first round of small breakout rooms (3-4 people) to enable natural conversations over a “virtual drink”.
10 min - Tech host brings participants to plenary and then randomly sorts participants into a second round of small breakout rooms (3-4 people).
5 min - In virtual plenary facilitator wraps up the evening.