With the participation of 16 shows.. The Arab Theater Festival kicks off in Casablanca
History : 2023-01-11 (11:56 AM)
| by: Osama Sheikh Idris
The thirteenth edition of the Arab Theater Festival kicked off on Tuesday evening in the Moroccan city of Casablanca.
This came after a two-year hiatus for the regional technical event due to the Corona pandemic.
The last session of the festival, which is organized by the Arab Theater Authority every year in a different country, was held in January 2020 in the Kingdom of Jordan.
The opening ceremony of the thirteenth session at the Mohammed VI Theater was packed with artists, critics, media professionals, a number of local officials and representatives of regional and Arab cultural organizations.
The ceremony began with a performance by the choreographic troupe of the Moroccan artist Tawfiq Izidio and the contemporary dance troupe (Namshi), after which the Iraqi playwright and director Jawad al-Asadi gave a “message for the Arab Day of theatre”, which falls on the tenth of January every year.
Moroccan Minister of Youth, Culture and Communication Mohamed El-Mahdi Bensaïd said in the opening speech, “We are happy to receive this great festival, which was established to spread through the language of theater the values of peace and tolerance. An open mind that deals with issues of the present and the future.
The festival program, which runs until January 16, includes 16 theatrical performances in two tracks, one of which is competitive and includes 12 performances from 5 countries, and the other includes 4 performances from Kuwait, Syria, Jordan and Egypt.
The jury for this session is formed under the chairmanship of Medhat Al-Kashef, Dean of the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Egypt, and the membership of the Palestinian actress and director Iman Aoun, the Lebanese actress Julia Kassar, the journalist writer Khaled Mubarak from Sudan, and the Jordanian director and actor Khaled Al-Tarifi.
The Secretary-General of the Arab Theater Authority, Ismail Abdullah, said in his speech, “The Authority wanted the Arab Theater Festival to be more than a festival and larger, so this session witnesses the issuance of 12 books on the conditions of Moroccan theater, a dozen knowledge provided by the Authority with the pens of Moroccan researchers and creators, a gift from the Authority for the Moroccan and Arabic theatrical library.
He added, “We have been keen in all our festivals to establish the intellectual field with an intellectual conference that we prepare with great care, and in this session we put its program under the title ‘Moroccan Theatrical Experiences… Extension and Renewal’, where scientific questions will be made for these experiences.”
At the opening ceremony, the festival honored ten artists from Morocco, namely Nouzha Regraki, Fatima El Ghalia El Chradi, Malika El Omari, Abdel Razak El Badawi, Mohamed El Tassouli, Mustafa El Zaari, Abdelilah Ajel, Mohamed El Jem, Mohamed Belhisi and Mustafa El Dasoukine, in addition to a special tribute to the Moroccan Minister of Youth, Culture and Communication.
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