Sharjah: The 21st edition of the Sharjah International Narrator Forum (SINF) will be held from September 22 to 30 in strategic locations in Sharjah, organizers said at a press conference held at the Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park.
Led by Dr Abdul Aziz Al Musallam, President of the Sharjah Institute for Heritage and SINF Supreme Organizing Committee, with Aisha Al-Hussan Al Shamsi, Director of the Institute’s Arab Heritage Center and General Coordinator of SINF, the organizers further revealed that this year’s edition will be slogan “Animal Stories”. It will include numerous discussion sessions, training workshops and public events. There will be an accompanying exhibition, virtual events and workshops for children, with the participation of 38 countries from around the world.
Destination for narrators
Al Musallam pointed out that the forum has become an outstanding cultural tradition held annually, with an updated and relevant calendar of events and activities – thanks to the guidance of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme and Sovereign Council. of Sharjah. “Through the forum we have a great opportunity to celebrate our vision, as well as honor the icons and torchbearers of popular heritage as they are human treasures, whose knowledge, skills and experiences deserve to be. celebrated through their life’s work and cultural contributions that help preserve our heritage, ”he said.
Al Musallam added: “The journey of the Sharjah International Narrator Forum sums up many years of serious cultural work, which has given heritage the great prestige it deserves. This has made Sharjah a destination for storytellers, experts and scholars around the world, and a pioneering model to follow in protecting human treasures and preserving heritage and its success is celebrated and recognized in many international forums.
Remember forgotten treasures
Al Musallam stressed that this session, the forum will celebrate the rich and diverse Emirati, Arab and human narrative heritage, due to its immense importance in expressing human issues which are reflected through popular cultures.
Focus on Sudan
Aisha Al-Hussan Al Shamsi, Director of the Institute’s Arab Heritage Center and General Coordinator of SINF, said: “The new forum session includes seminars, lectures and sessions that review many important approaches to animal stories, with the participation of a group of experts, researchers and writers from over 38 countries.
Countries include United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine, Syria, and Lebanon. Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, Sudan, Senegal, Kenya, Comoros, India, Philippines, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Bolivia, Italy, Germany, Spain, Dominican Republic, Finland, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Canada and Romania.
“The Republic of Sudan will be the country of honor at this year’s edition of the forum and will be represented by Dr Ahmed Abdel Rahim Nasr, the honored personality of the year in recognition of his contributions to Arab cultural heritage” , she announced. “Tunisian storyteller Abdelaziz Laroui will also be honored as a legal personality to celebrate his rich storytelling heritage,” she added.
Enrich the forum program
This session will see the participation of a number of organizations, cultural centers, universities and institutes, namely: Unesco, Isesco, Alecso, Association al Munyia de Marrakech, Shamma Council for Thought and Knowledge, Moroccan Encounter and Storytelling Art School in Marrakech.
Several government agencies will also participate in the activities this year, namely: Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority, Emirates Heritage Club and Fujairah Art Academy.
Selection of Emirati, Arab artists
A group of Emirati and Arab artists will participate in the forum, including Dr Yahya Al-Fakhrani, Hala Fakher from Egypt, Muhammad Yassin from Bahrain, Sana Bakr Younis from Saudi Arabia, as well as Dr Habib Ghuloom and Jassim Obaid from the Emirates. United Arabs. .
The forum includes several workshops focusing on a wide range of topics, including traditional doll making, storytelling, decorating pens and pencils, folding origami paper, making animals with woolen threads, coloring the plaster, recycling, drawing animals by numbers, color painting, as well as lead and charcoal paint.
Meanwhile, the program accompanying the forum includes various conferences, specialist seminars, dialogues, a cultural cafe and a corner to sign forum publications such as “Animals in Arab and World Heritage”, among others.
Exhibition of stories, virtual events
The forum will be accompanied by an exhibition on the stories of animals in Emirati, Arab and world heritage. In addition, there will be over 30 different titles from Sharjah Institute for Heritage publications, highlighting the forum’s slogan, richness and diversity, as well as 16 workshops, including interactive sessions.
With the aim of presenting the forum to the public and allowing them to follow its full program of events and activities, whether outside the UAE or overseas, this year’s session includes a set of virtual events to be broadcast remotely. This will cover some cultural cafes seminars, storytelling sessions, as well as live streaming of the forum in some Arab countries on social media platforms.