Inas Abdel Dayem – Photo Courtesy: Cairo Opera House Media Office. Inas Abdel Dayem – Photo Courtesy: Cairo Opera House Media Office.

Egypt to host 11th edition of Arab Theatre Festival in Jan.

Sun, Sep. 23, 2018
CAIRO – 23 September 2018: Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem and Secretary-General of the Arab Theater Authority Ismail Abdullah signed on Thursday an agreement for Egypt to host the 11th edition of the Arab Theatre Festival from January 10 to 16, 2019.

The signing was attended by Khaled Galal, head of the Cultural Production Sector and general coordinator of the festival.

Abdel Dayem expressed her pleasure with hosting the 11th edition of the Arab Theatre Festival, stressing that theater is an important method to foster awareness, consolidate the national identity, and encourage the community to be committed to cherished values.

She added that holding this edition embodies the strategy adopted by Arab ministers of culture during their meetings in Riyadh and Tunisia in 2015 and 2016 to develop the theatrical scene.

She further remarked that the inauguration ceremony will include the best shows in the Arab world, which achieved great succeed in 2018, to compete for the award of Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, along with the speech, set to be delivered by a prominent figure in the theatrical scene.

The minister revealed that 15 prominent theatrical figures from Egypt will be honored during the edition.

The Arab Theatre Festival is an annual event organized in a different Arab country each year; the country is selected according to the availability of an infrastructure of theatres and halls. The first edition of the festival was held in Egypt in 2009.

The Arab Theatre Festival is an attempt to spread the culture of theatre and performance studies and arts in the Arab world, promote Arab cultures, arts, aesthetics, and research in the domain of theatre and performance arts, and support theatrical scientific research and Arab theatrical writings for youth and adults.

The festival held the largest scientific conference ever in the Arab world in the domain of theatre and performance studies .

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