closing ceremony of the eight Edition of International Theater without Fund Festival (Photo courtesy of Culture Ministry)
CAIRO – 13 November 2017: Many artists were honored during the closing ceremony on November 10 at the eighth Edition of the International Theater without Fund Festival which ran from November 3 to November 10 at Bibliotheca Alexandria (BA).
Poet Ashraf Amer, the head of The General Organization of Cultural Palaces , the head of west and central Delta region Ahmed Darwish, and the late artist Ahmed Khalil were honored. Other artists were also honored including the actor and director Kamal Attieh and members in the jury of the international festival.
is Chaired by Gamal Yakout and organized by Creation Group and entitled "Theater Without funding", the festival was a collaboration with the Culture Palaces, BA, and Art House Theater.
During the festival, 11 theatrical shows were introduced presenting troupes from Egypt, Kuwait, Tunisia, UAE, Libya, and Spain participated in the festival.
Amer said during the closing ceremony that the cultural palaces will increase its financial support in the next edition of the festival to reach EGP 140,000. He believes that art is the most important way to spread cultural knowledge among people.
In light of spreading culture awareness, Yakout noted that through festivals the cultural palaces would be able to arts in efforts to fight terrorism and extremism.
Founded by Yakout in 2008, Theater without Fund festival aims to compensate for the absence of funding to theatrical teams and has reached innovative solutions to tackle issues expressed through performances the performances.
The festival aims to grant unlimited opportunities for young playwrights to practice theater, and provide an atmosphere to encourage them to find creative solutions despite the lack of finances, and opens a discussion between the public and the team following every performance night.
Festival winners are awarded medals, trophies, and certificates of appreciation after being top theatrical icons.