The second week of International storytelling festival – ‘Tales on the Island’ celebrates legacy of many nations.
Al Noor Island, one of Sharjah’s premiere tourist and family destinations, will be hosting a new group of renowned storytellers in the second week of the International Storytelling Festival – Tales on the Island in Sharjah. Themed ‘Stories: A Treasure of Words’, the third edition of the festival runs from 21 February to 16 March 2019.
A host of Arab and international artists and storytellers will be taking part in the second weekend of the event on 1-2 March, including Paola Balbi, the festival’s Art Director, along with Fidaa Ataya from Palestine, Martina Pisciali from Italy, Xanthe Gresham from the UK, Mariella Bertelli from Canada, Mattia di Pierro, Davide Bardi, and Lamya Tawfik.
Some of the best storytellers from around the world will be sharing story collections (March 1), namely; ‘Tellers of Time’, ‘Baby Stories’ and ‘From the River to the Sea’. The programme of the first evening also features a jam session of stories, drumming, clapping, music and songs under the theme ‘Drumming Stories and Musical Tales’. Performed by all artists of the week in Arabic and English, the session involves awe-inspiring miming and body language.
The storytellers will be sharing different collections of stories in the second evening (March 2), such as ‘Great Stories of Little Animals’, ‘Foolish Stories for Wise People and Wise Stories for Foolish People’ and ‘The Goodnight Story Session’.
Mahmoud Rashid Al Suwaidi, General Manager of Al Noor Island said: “In the second week of the festival, we are starting a new chapter in the repertoire of our events, featuring global tales told by a host of critically-acclaimed Arab and international storytellers who are brought together by the beauty of words, profound ideas and creative expression. They will offer visitors of Al Noor Island with an exclusive collection of stories that represent the legacy and oral tradition of many nations, providing visitors plenty of morals, lessons, anecdotes, jokes and riddles through their stories.”
“The festival is an ideal opportunity to promote the prosperous culture of the Emirate of Sharjah, the World Book Capital, as well as Al Noor Island’s role in boosting this cultural prosperity. Sharjah’s tireless cultural efforts for over 40 years proved that it is an ideal city to host cultural events throughout the year thereby reinforcing its presence on the international arena.” he added.
A host of renowned storytellers have been sharing collections of international stories at the outdoor locations of Al Noor Island, which has mesmerising views, offering visitors and oral storytelling lovers the opportunity to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience and memories that will last a lifetime.
The artists participated in the opening evening of the festival, themed ‘The Treasure of Stories’ on Thursday, 21 February. The opening evening was followed by ‘Crick Crack! Make Me Laugh!’, a programme of light stories with profound meanings presented in English and Arabic.
On Friday, 22 February, the programme featured ‘Around the World in 80 Stories’, and on Saturday, 23 February, it featured relaxing and fun-filled sessions themed ‘Stories of Tricks, Tricksters and Riddles!’, ‘Wisdom, thy Name is a Woman!’, and ‘Don’t Make Me Laugh, Juha!’ all, celebrating inspirational female protagonists from myths and folk traditions.
The festival presents 25 collections of stories, told by 15 renowned storytellers from 10 countries; Italy, Egypt, France, Palestine, Lebanon, Guyana, India, the UK, the US and Canada. A package of theatrical performances and shows by a host of artists and musicians sheds light on the art of storytelling and oral tradition with its literary techniques, characteristics, diversity and richness. Visitors have the opportunity to ignite their imagination and embark on a thrilling fun-filled journey to distant worlds, every weekend till 16 March.
Visitors to Al Noor Island will also be entertained with live music concerts and outdoor creative shows. A plethora of interactive activities will celebrate cultural diversity, narrative techniques and the art of storytelling, including the ancient art of Hakawati, through a series of specialised workshops conducted by expert artists and performers.