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Intl. Storytelling Festival opens in Tabriz
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An Iranian storyteller narrates during a festival in an undated photo.
An Iranian storyteller narrates during a festival in an undated photo.
TEHRAN -- The 16th International Storytelling Festival opened at Tabriz’s Eqbal-e Azar Hall on Sunday.
Forty Iranian storytellers are competing with 10 of their counterparts from the foreign countries of Singapore, Peru, Russia, Australia and several others.
Ten foreign storytellers along with forty Iranian storytellers attended the opening ceremony of the festival.
Three foreign storytellers and eighteen Iranian storytellers recounted stories for the children of Tabriz on Sunday.
Alexander Kaymanakov from Russia, César Alberto Peru and Roger Jenkins from Singapore are the foreign storytellers who presented their stories on the first day of the festival. 
The foreign storytellers were selected from 50 applicants from 35 countries.
The Iranian storytellers, selected from 1700 participants, tell stories on Persian heroes and champions as well as anecdotes extracted from classic literary texts.
Organized by the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA), the festival runs until February 19.  

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