The art of storytelling has deep roots in Arab culture. In fact the hakawati, or ancient Arab storyteller, has been a part of the fabric of the Middle East for centuries, infusing life with a sense of drama and suspense.
Now, in homage to the rich tradition of this powerful form of communication, the region's first storytelling festival is coming to Dubai at the end of the month.
On January 27th from 7-9pm, storytellers from around the world will take the stage at Al Quoz's Courtyard Playhouse, and this unique event is not one to miss.
Among the esteemed artists to perform at the festival is the UAE's first female spoken word poet, Afra Atiq. Armed with a powerful and honest voice, Atiq is the UAE's first Emirati spoken word poet. Diving deep into her personal story, she covers topics as personal and varied as body image in today's world and her grandmother's struggle with cancer.
In addition to Atiq, Jeeva Raghuanath, Tashia Dorsey, and Geeta Ramanujam will also take the stage. Raghuanath has represented India at 17 international storytelling festivals, while Dorsey is an American storyteller living in Al Ain. Geeta Ramanujam is an internationally renowned storyteller with nearly 40 years of telling experience, and the founder of Kathlaya, the Bangalore based academy for storytelling.
Light food and beverages will be provided by Baker & Spice and Proteinat, and you can find more information--including how to attend the event-- right here.