16th edition of Sharjah International Narrator Forum begins tomorrow

SHARJAH, 25th September, 2016 (WAM) — The 16th edition of the Sharjah International Narrator Forum, SINF, begins tomorrow under the patronage and in the presence of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, under the banner “Juha: A Common Human Heritage” at the Sharjah University City Hall.

Organised by the Sharjah Institute for Heritage, SIH, the forum will be attended by narrators, storytellers, performers and experts from different countries. A number of activities including intellectual seminars, round table meetings, workshops for children, and cultural cafes, will take place.

The events will be held in different venues, including the Arab Heritage Centre, tourist sites in Maliha, Heart of Sharjah, and other venues.

According to Abdulaziz Almusallam, Chairman of the SIH, the activities are designed in a way that keeps the narrator’s chronicles alive within society, and the event aims to highlight the importance of narrators as living human treasures.

“The forum will tell the tale of heritage in Sharjah and the story of the land and its people delivered by word, melody, popular knowledge and tradition,” he said.

This year’s edition will see the honouring of the fallen figures that have made significant contributions to the promotion of narration, poetry, and Arab heritage. Among those remembered are Ammar Abdulrahman Al Sanjari, who died in a car accident in Al Ain in October 2015, Faleh Hanthal, PhD, an Iraqi historian, and Ahmad Rashid Thani, an Emirati cultural guru and scholar.