Sharjah: The 17th Sharjah International Narrators Forum (SINF) concluded on Wednesday after three days of inspiring visitors in the art of storytelling.

Held under the theme ‘Saga and Epics’, the forum featured a line-up of 117 narrators and storytellers, providing them a chance to share their tales and perspectives on a wealth of subjects with visitors.

The event, which ran from Monday to Wednesday, across varied locations of Sharjah, ended on a grand note commemorating the spoken word with tales of adventure, folk stories and uplifting experiences.

“Over the years, the Sharjah International Narrators Forum has turned out to be the world’s finest forum for storytelling,” said Dr Abdul Aziz Al Musallam, chairman of the Sharjah Institute for Heritage and Supreme Committee of SINF.

“Under this year’s theme, the forum offered adults and researchers an opportunity to reflect on stories packed with emotion, humour and insightful experiences. In the past few years, the forum has moved from strength to strength, and we’re confident that the next edition will be bigger and better,” he said.

The SINF this year held 19 of workshops, roundtables and events to promote and celebrate storytelling for years to come. While the main goal of the forum this year was to keep the oral tradition of storytelling alive by sharing stories from all over the world, it also inspired the visitors to share their stories with their friends and family.

“The art of storytelling has had deep roots in Arab culture. It has been the fabric of the Middle East for centuries, infusing life with a sense of drama and suspense. This year, the 17th edition of SINF was magical. While the forum acknowledged several experts, it also introduced a new ensemble to promote young talents across the globe,” said Dr Al Mussallam.