Al Sawari Theatre Festival for Youth begins on September 1

Under the patronage of HE Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, President of Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, the 12th Al Sawari International Youth Theatre Festival will take place in the period between September 1-10, 2018 at Bahrain Cultural Theatre. Supporting the event are Tamkeen as Strategic Partner, National Bank of Bahrain (NBB) as Platinum Sponsor and Batelco as Silver Sponsor.  Featuring 10 plays, the event has extended its reach this year, becoming an international platform after it was only hosting Arabic plays. This comes as part of the organisers’ keenness to enrich the theatrical movement in the Kingdom of Bahrain and open new horizons to enable youth involved in the theatrical field exchange their experiences. A selection panel composed of artists Hassan Abdulraheem, Ibrahim Khalfan and Jama’an Al Ruwaie reviewd 54 plays from all around the world, featuring various types of genres. However, only 10 were handpicked to be showcased during this year’s event. They are: – Hadra Hura (Free Presence) – Syria/Germany – Ta’a Sakena (Standstill T) – Egypt – Sarkhat Alam (Painful Scream) – Algeria – Flying Over the City – Armenia – Time for Roaming – Russia – Yellow Days – Georgia – Al Muftah ( The Key) – Bahrain – In the Good and Bad – Bahrain – Laysa Ba’ad (Not Yet) – Tunisia – Sa’amoot Fy Al Manfa (I Will Die in the Exile) – Honourary Play for the Festival from the Palestinian Theatre. Meanwhile, the festival this year will feature the 1st Al Sawari International Conference for Youth which represents an international platform for theatricalists who will be able to share their experiences under the motto (Theatre..And Beyond Humanity). The conference will shed light on the most important intellectual and artistic developments in the world with a view to showcase modern theatrical experiences. The conference is expected to conclude with a joint statement. Meanwhile, a workshop sponsored by the American Embassy will be conducted on the sidelines of the festival by American trainer Roberta Levetow. It will explore the importance of networking and creating bonds among theatricalists to cement cultural links among them. The Arbitration panel will include several famous theatricalists. It will be chaired by Dr Mohammed Al Khuzaie from the Kingdom of Bahrain, Nasser Abdulmunem from Egypt and Johanna Jreseer from France. Furthermore, the 12th Al Sawari International Youth Theatre Festival will honour several figures who enriched the theatrical movement in Bahrain and in the Arab world, including Bahraini poet and playwright Ali Al Sharqawi, who is considered a pioneering personality in writing plays and poems. He has won many awards at local and Arab levels, while his works have been translated into many languages. He authored more than 50 poetry books and plays. He is one of those who contributed in enabling Bahraini theatre to keep pace with the international’s. Related

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