The story of Kekec, the Slovenian boy

Kekec is a fearless shepherd boy who runs through the Slovenian meadows and mountains. He has been around since 1918, when he first appeared in the youth magazine Zvonček. While his herd of sheep and cattle graze peacefully, he wanders around and explores the mountain paths. Kekec also has some very good friends, the cowardly Rožle and his blind sister Mojca. As they graze their cattle together, the wild hunter Bedanec and the evil Aunt Pehta cause them problems. The cunning and resourceful Kekec has no fear and outwits them time and again, even in captivity under their watchful eye. His “father” is Josip Vandot, a Slovenian youth writer. The director Jože Gale brought Kekc to life in one of the first Slovenian cinema films. Since then, there is not a single Slovenian child who does not know the Kekec song. Hidden in the beautiful embrace of the mountains, there is a corner where the film set and its characters come to life. You can take the Bedanc bus from nearby Kranjska Gora or hike to the remote destination. There you can spend time with Kekec, learn about one of the first Slovenian films and eat delicious local mountain dishes.

Why is it regenerative?

The Kekec film set and its immersive experience showcase regenerative tourism by preserving cultural heritage and engaging visitors in an authentic Slovenian storytelling tradition. This initiative creates a holistic experience, preserving the memory of Kekec while supporting the local community through tourism with a regenerative approach that keeps cultural traditions alive and benefits the region.

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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