Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre honors Golden Thread Founding Artistic Director with a Lifetime Achievement Honor
Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theater, founded in 1988, returns after a four year hiatus on September 20-30, 2016 with a large number of Arab and international theater companies participating in addition to a long list Egyptian productions. The festival includes six workshops led by major international artists from Chile, USA, Pakistan and India. Additionally, there will be four major panels focusing on Arab Theater and the West scheduled.
The Festival is honoring six major international theatre artists, including our very own Torange Yeghiazarian, for her lifetime commitment to Arab and Middle Eastern theatre. In their announcement, the Festival has highlighted her founding of the first American theatre company devoted to the Middle East, and the celebrated programs ReOrient Festival and Forum, Middle East America, Islam 101, New Threads and the Fairytale Players. She will be attending the festival later this month to receive her award, and to take part in conversations.
The other honorees include:
Gameel Rateb, prominent actor and director
Rateb studied Theater in France, and since has appeared in over forty stage productions in both France and Egypt, as well as tens of films and television series.
Mumbi Kaigwa, Artistic Director at The Arts Canvas
Kaigwa creates campaigns that use art at address social themes such as violence, torture, human rights, peace and conflict.
Lu Ang, Professor and Dean of Department of Directing at Shanghai Theatre Academy, and Vice Chairman of Shanghai Theatre Association
Anghas has directed over 70 theatre productions at home in China and abroad.
His Excellency Muhammad Sayf al-Afkham, President of International Theater Institute and Director General of al-Fujairah
al-Afkham is the president of the International Monodrama Forum and Director of The Fujairah Culture and Media Authority.
Femi Osofican, prominent dramatist and professor
Osofican obtained his PhD at University of Ibadan, France, and is currently a Distinguished Professor of Theatre Arts at Kwara State University
Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theater was founded in 1988 as Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theater. After it concluded its 22nd edition in 2010, it was adjourned in 2011 until 2015. It is back this year, with a new term added to its title: “Contemporary” has been introduced to the title with the hope that it would open up the scope for a wider range of participation and varied production-styles for a broader audience. Moreover, the festival returns without one of its former guidelines: The Contest. It returns as a theatrical panorama aiming to encompass contemporary and unique international experiments. It returns with the understanding that it is collaboration, exchange, conversation — not awards — that should be the aim of all major international festivals.