The first edition of Bangladesh International Theatre Festival will begin tomorrow with a show of dance drama Mayar Khela at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The weeklong festival will feature theatre and puppet shows by eight troupes from seven countries. Besides, the festival will also feature seminar, lecture and workshops, said KM Khalid, state minister for cultural affairs minister at a press conference on Tuesday at the seminar room of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The conference was also attended by International Theatre Institute honourary president Ramendu Majumder, ITI Bangladesh chapter president Nasiruddin Yousuff, acting cultural affairs secretary Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky.
The festival will be organised by cultural affairs ministry, in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, International Theatre Institute (ITI) and Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation.
‘We are going to organise this kind of festival for the first time. Six theatre troupes from Russia, China, France, India, Vietnam and Nepal, along with two local troupes, are going to perform at the festival,’ said KM Khalid.
‘We hope to organise this festival every other year from now on,’ added Khalid.
‘The festival will be a platform for cultural exchange as renowned troupes from different countries will perform here, along with our troupes. Local theatre activists and audience will be able to enjoy diverse theatre forms practiced in different countries,’ said Ramendu Majumder.
Besides Dhriti Nartanalaya’s Mayar Khela on the opening day, the festival will feature shows of ‘Oh My Sweet Land’ by Thèâtre de Vidy Lausanne and Young Vic London (France) and Macbeth by Chorus Repertory Theatre (India) on June 21.
Local troupe Annesha Theatre will stage Jaytun Bibir Pala on June 22.
Chinese troupe Johoo Theatre will stage ‘F ck’ on June 23.
On the next day, Nepalese troupe Mandala Theatre will stage Jhyalincha, while Le Ngoc Theatre (Vietnam) will stage Kim Tu on June 25.
Nikolai Zykov Theatre (Russia) will stage a Light Puppet Show on the concluding day of the festival on June 26.
Planning minister MA Mannan is scheduled to be present as the chief guest at the inauguration of the festival tomorrow, while state minister for cultural affairs ministry KM Khalid will inaugurate the festival.
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