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In an effort to revive the practice of traditional storytelling, Al Noor Island is hosting Sharjah's first International Storytelling Festival, themed Tales on the Island.

Held in the last three weekends of January, the event showcases storytellers from across the Middle East as well as the UK, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Performers celebrate heritage and cultural diversity through story walks, live music and visual art, without the use of books, screens or microphones.

Marwa Obaid Al Shamsi, manager, Al Noor Island, commented, "As the cultural capital of the Arab world, we in Sharjah feel every bit responsible for reviving and preserving an age-old tradition that will not only enrich our society but will contribute to the culture of storytelling around the world."