Held under the theme ‘Saga & Epics’, (SINF) is set to commence on September 25th and will run up to September 27th across different locations in Sharjah including Sharjah Institute for Heritage, Arab Heritage Center, Al Majaz Waterfront, the Central Souq, Al Riqqa Child Center, Muwaileh Council, Halwan Child Center, Mega Mall and Sajaya Young ladies of Sharjah - Al Gharayen.
The conference was opened by Dr. Abdulaziz Almusallam, Chairman of the Sharjah Institute for Heritage and Chairman of the Supreme Committee (SINF). The press conference commemorated with a documentary film on Sharjah International Narrators Forum followed by an inspirational speech by Dr. Almusallam.
Commenting on the sidelines of the press conference, Dr. Abdulaziz Almusallam said, “It is an honour to host the 17th edition of Sharjah International Narrators Forum. Over the years, the Forum has served as an important forum to resonate the narrators and storytellers in today’s society. This year, the Sharjah International Narrators Forum looks to interact and share experiences of some of the world’s renowned narrators and appreciate their skills and unique ability to create emotions. Taking this as an opportunity, I extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of you for attending this conference and for your interest in promoting the heritage and culture of your nation.”
“The Forum last year focused on tales or children, however, this year it will focus on epics and sagas, which will serve as an instrumental force for adult authors, narrators and even researchers. Storytelling is the core of Arabic culture which has been widely accepted even by the global audience. All over the world, poetry, authors and writers have been given strategic importance, but through this Forum we aim to set up an infrastructure which will serve as a creative center of excellence for aspiring and established creative professionals,” said Dr. Abdulaziz Almusallam.
Dr. Almusallam also highlighted SINF’s continued efforts to develop this heritage event in various fields, with the unswerving support of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.
Aimed to highlight the importance of narrators, SINF will feature storytellers, performers narrators and experts from different countries including Algeria, Armenia, Bahrain, Canada, China, Czech, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Holland, India, Italy, KSA, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Philippines, Russia, Sicily, Spain, Sudan, Tunisia and Ivory Coast among many others.
With over 100 different shows and attractions, scholars from varied countries will make presentations and hold intellectual and round table-discussions that will keep the narrator’s chronicles alive within the society today.
“Heritage and culture form an important element of UAE and Sharjah in particular. While the Forum will serve as a strategic platform to acknowledge and recognise the narrators and storytellers unique skills, it will also tell the tale of heritage in Sharjah and the story of the land and its people delivered by word, melody, popular knowledge and tradition,” concluded Dr. Abdulaziz Almusallam.
Aimed at commemorating the art of storytelling and promoting the rich and diversified cultural heritage of the emirate, Sharjah International Narrators Forum is an effort to honour well-known narrators and storytellers that have made significant contributions to the promotion of narration, poetry and Arab heritage.