Arab Theatre Institute Supports Organisation and Funding of Theatre Festivals in Seven Arab StatesFeb 2019
The Arab Theatre Institute published news on its website this month, announcing that officials representing a number of national festivals in Arab countries have convened to evaluate seven festivals which were organised and supported by the institute in seven Arab cities in 2018.
His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, heads the Arab Theatre Institute and approved the organisation of inaugural national theatre festivals in seven Arab countries, namely Morocco, Jordan, Mauritania, Palestine, Sudan, Lebanon and Yemen. In order to evaluate the success of these events, the institute held a meeting for festival officials in Sharjah on 4 and 5 February 2019.
According to the institute, the participants highlighted the importance of training and qualification to support the technical aspects of the festivals, linking festivals to the development process. Participants also focused on the importance of supporting the production of theatrical works instead of awarding prizes and called for the standardisation rules and regulations in a way which would also respect the idiosyncrasies of each festival. Other topics of discussion included the graduality of dependence on local capacities, the involvement of official and private national institutions in the project, the implementation of HH the Ruler of Sharjah’s initiative, the creation of centres for performing arts in cooperation with official authorities, joint regulations for the festival and the adoption of said regulations, and the development of an agenda for the dates of the next session in 2019.