CAIRO – 10 November 2020: The Sharm El-Sheikh International Theater Festival for Youth revealed the details of its fifth edition, which will launch on November 16.
The details of this exceptional edition of the festival were revealed during a press conference held at the Supreme Council of Culture on November 10, in the presence of the honorary president of the festival, actress Samiha Ayoub; President of the festival Mazen el-Gharabawi; in addition to a constellation of stars and dramatists.
The conference was presented by actress Leqaa Sweidan, who started her speech by welcoming the attendees, welcoming the Arab theater legend Samiha Ayoub, and the honorary head of the festival, who announced the start of the press conference, saying: “In the name of God we start the press conference for the fifth edition; this edition is crowned by the name of the late star Sanaa Gamil.”
Artist and director Mazen el-Gharabawi thanked everyone who stood by the festival and supported it, saying: “We are aware of the challenges the world is going through, and the difficulties we faced to prepare for the fifth edition of the festival. Had it not been for the support of state institutions, led by Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, and Governor of South Sinai Khaled Fouda, the festival would not have been able to come to light this year”.
According to Gharabawi, the fifth Sharm El-Sheikh International Theater Festival for Youth includes in its judging committees pioneering theatrical performers and artists from different countries of the world.
In its fifth edition, the festival honors a number of theatrical stars in Egypt and the Arab world, including Hanan Mutawa, Bayoumi Fouad, Lebanese artist Qassem Istanbuly and the Egyptian director Islam Imam.
The festival’s viewing committee includes director Karima Badir, director Sameh Mujahid, artist Tarik Sabry, scenographer Mahmoud Sabry, critic and writer Yasser Allam.
Ten theatrical performances will take part in the festival's various competitions.
The festival’s fifth edition will present numerous intriguing activities including a symposium on the legendary actress Sanaa Gamil, and the first theatrical debate titled “150 Years in Egyptian Theater” which will be moderated by veteran actor Mahmoud el-Hedini. This is in addition to an intellectual forum entitled "Youth theater, a Cultural Industry for Sustainable Development", in which Ashraf Zaki, Khaled Galal, Sameh Mahran, Hisham Azmy and others will speak.
The festival will be held in the Open Theater of the Palace of Culture.