Storytellers, performers from around the world gather in Sharjah
Storyteller takes a photo with kids on the opening day of 19th Sharjah International Narrator Forum.- Photo by M. Sajjad
Sharjah - The forum aims to shed light on the vibrant Arab heritage by revisiting the charm of Arabian Nights.
Storytellers, narrators and performers from across the world came together in Sharjah as the 19th edition of the Sharjah International Narrators Forum (SINF) had a colourful start on Tuesday.
Held under the theme '1001 Nights,' the opening of the three-day event was attended by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. The opening ceremony also showcased a storytelling show and a toastmaster's speech.
The forum aims to shed light on the vibrant Arab heritage by revisiting the charm of Arabian Nights - a famous collection of Persian, Arabian and Indian folktales.
"With an exciting line up of enchanting tales that form a vital part of the vibrant Arabic culture, we guarantee a wholesome entertaining experience for everyone. The workshops and activities are designed to allow participants and visitors to indulge in an exciting world of fantasy, while also attempting various arts and crafts," said Dr Abdulaziz Al Musallam, chairman of Sharjah Institute for Heritage and chairman of the SINF Supreme Committee.
He added: "Arabian Nights has been translated into a dozen languages. Each year, we honour over 100 narrators from across the region and the world who have in-depth knowledge about our diverse culture and whose efforts are reflected in their study of the heritage which involves many years of dedication and hard work."
A platform bringing together the best in music, song and dance for people of all age groups, the SINF has lined up several programmes including solo plays, seminars, round table discussions, workshops, testimonies and much more. Attendees can indulge in a variety of cultural programmes, training workshops and public events including proactive workshops.