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Gordafarid is the first female Iranian "Naqqal" (traditional storyteller). (GV Wire Composite/David Rodriguez)
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The Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno will host a livestreaming event on Wednesday of the 10th annual Shab-E Yalda, an Iranian storytelling tradition that marks the winter solstice and longest night of the year.

The presentation by the Farhang Foundation will star Gordafarid, the first female Iranian “Naqqal” (traditional epic storyteller) of Ferdowsi’s “Shahnameh” (The Epic Book of Kings).

The presentation, which is open to the public, will be streamed on the large screen in the main hall at ICCF, 2111 E. Nees Ave. in northeast Fresno. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the livestream will begin at 6 p.m.

The foundation’s website says Gordafarid “has excelled in performing the traditional narration of the Persian epic stories (Naqqali) since 1998. She has continued her research through the meticulous collection of narratives from all over Iran. She has also patiently followed the footsteps of old masters of this ancient dramatic art.”

Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email