My Ekenäs Map

In August and September 2016 we invited some school children and some students at the local college to a series of “My Ekenäs map workshops”. Together with them we made collaborative digital maps of our home town Ekenäs in southern Finland.

With the map and photos as a base it is easier to talk about the places that function well and places that are not functioning. Google maps is a great digital tool for this and the result is easy to share.

Ekenäs högstadieskola (Ekenäs junior high school)

Axxell – vocational school


Connected Action for the Commons

Connected Action for the Commons is an action-research program and network with six cultural organisations from across Europe and the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) as collaborating hubs.

Story Caravan is a part of the network since our project idea was selected to be along in the second Idea Camp in Botkyrka 2015 after which we received a R&D grant from the European Cultural Foundation.

Here, you can see how the network has grown over the past three years, who the people behind the network are, and what the projects and issues are they work on and find in common. Feel welcome to access this database and get inspired by the activities and connections of this growing movement of people.

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Ekenäs torg/square

Klicka på fotot så får du torgberättelser.

Click on the photo to read the story. 

Fotograf Annabelle Antas har tagit fotona och intervjuer är gjorda av Åsa Lönnqvist, Annabelle Antas och Ylva Rancken-Lutz.

Photographs by Annabelle Antas and interviews by Åsa Lönnqvist, Annabelle Antas and Ylva Rancken-Lutz.

Joel’s home away from home

We met up with Joel in Naturum in Ekenäs on a cold February day.  He moved to Ekenäs from the Philippines to work in his sister’s business and today he considers Ekenäs to be his home far away from home. He envisions Ekenäs as an attractive future destination for people of all ages.

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Joel at Naturum. Foto Annabelle Antas


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Knipan beach in February


Ekenäs diary

Today on the 7th of July we placed an Ekenäs diary at Ekenäs Naturum.

Our wish is that people during the summer will write in the diary as they would in their own diary or as if they were writing a letter to a friend telling her about their day, their encounters in Ekenäs – about both joys and sorrows. We hope that people living in Ekenäs as well as visitors will leave a message in the Ekenäs diary.

The Ekenäs diary project is an experiment within the Ekenäs StoryCaravan project.  We are experimenting to find new ways in which we can collect people’s stories about Ekenäs. We will read all the stories and publish some on the blog.

The diary will live at Naturum during the whole summer until the end of August. If you have written in the diary we invite you to write your name and contact details on a slip of paper and put it in the red metal box. We will draw 3 winners and contact them in early September.

We will pop-up in person at Naturum during the summer so maybe we will see you there!

Kära Ekenäs