Oreilles en Balades

Nestled in the picturesque village of Prévinquières in the Aveyron region links a captivating tourist experience known as “Oreilles en Balade”. The small village of Prévinquières in Aveyron offers a tourist route that highlights the history of the village. Called “Oreilles en balade” (Ears in motion), this sound trail consists of eight terminals placed in front of places that are part of the history of the small village of 303 inhabitants. Tourists can thus discover the church, the Tinal, the high portal, the forge, the breeding, the scrubland, the high mill and the Prévinquières school. With the help of an audio guide or directly from their smartphone via an app, walkers can enjoy a commentary lasting several minutes on each of these emblematic places. The duration of each audio document corresponds to the walking time needed to reach the next point.

Village elders narrate the great moments and the small anecdotes of the history of their lives, interwoven with that of their village. For each recording, there is also a children’s version where the adult narrator is replaced by a child from the village elementary school.

Why is it regenerative?

The “Oreilles en balade” sound route in the small village of Prévinquières in Aveyron is an example of regenerative tourism as it provides a unique way to explore the history of the village. Through audio guides and a smartphone app, tourists can discover the village’s most significant landmarks while listening to the narrations of village elders and even children from the local elementary school. This interactive and educational experience not only preserves the village’s history, but also engages visitors in a regenerative way as they become part of the village’s storytelling tradition, strengthening the community’s connection to its heritage and promoting sustainable tourism practices.

Project partners met in Aveiro on the 14th and 15th of September 2023. It was the perfect opportunity to visit the destination with regenerative glasses on, to understand its many assets but also some of the challenges the destination is facing. Face to face project meetings always provide the partners with the unique opportunity to learn about the work of the hosting partner and get valuable insights about the destination. In this case partners were hosted by the dedicated team of management and tourism professionals of the University of Aveiro who shared a wealth of insights about a city that was new to many of the participants.

The Enforce project is well on track when it comes to the project work plan, which means that after having completed the Best Practice collection of innovative examples about storytelling for regeneration and also the Storyteller’s Guide, partners used the meeting to discuss the development of the Enforce Training Programme.

For the next few months partners will be working on developing the content in line with guidelines provided by the University of Usak, our project partner from Turkey.
The course should be available for piloting in January/February 2024 and will also be available in the partner languages once all translations are finalised.

The ENFORCE team met in the beautiful city of Luxembourg for its kick-off meeting. It took place at the premises of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg (also known as CCIL), which opened its doors to warmly welcome all partners.

The team was aware of the importance of this first meeting and approached it with the same enthusiasm, as it plays an important role in building strong bonds that will contribute to the success of the entire cooperation. With the common goal of building a solid foundation, the participants discussed in depth the first steps required for the project ENFORCE.

During this visit, the project objectives were discussed in depth to ensure that each partner has a comprehensive understanding of the overarching goals. The outcome of the kick-off meeting was extremely satisfying for all partners and generated enthusiasm among the team. It was a success and left everyone inspired and energised.

The journey of ENFORCE has officially begun and with the collective expertise of the committed partners, there is no doubt that it will thrive and achieve remarkable results.


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