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Stoke is a place of canals. But did you know that Basra, the war-torn second city of Iraq, is also a place of canals? And that it was once nicknamed the ‘Venice of the East’? And features in those tales of Sinbad the Sailor from The Arabian Nights

A Stoke Scheherazade explored the surprising parallels between these two cities. With Sinbad not being available himself to tell the tale, his put-upon assistant took the audience on a guided walk – transporting them from one city to the next, from the past to present, armed with some playful storytelling, a plaintive dulcimer, a ropey old accordion and a handful of delicious, ripe dates – inviting them to experience their local area with new eyes…