Published On: Tue, Sep 20th, 2016

Ajoka Theatre in Cairo to represent Pakistan



Shahid Nadeem of Ajoka Theatre has been invited to the Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre (CIFCET) for its imminent edition. Scheduled to start in Cairo today, the occasion will run for 11 days.

A press release has mentioned that Nadeem will participate as a speaker on a variety of issues confronted by the customary and contemporary theatre. On September 27, he will be organizing an exclusive workshop with local and international practitioners, under the name of ‘Theatre in the Time of Jihad’.

Prior to departing for the fiesta on Monday, Nadeem stated in an interview that CIFCET is an ostentatious event, attended by leading theatre persons from the entire Middle East and further areas of the globe. He further explained that “As a whole, the festival is a huge deal and holds up to eight to 10 performances across Cairo, simultaneously. This will be the second time Ajoka participates in the CIFCET. Last time, we performed Shehr-e-Afsos there,”

Nadeem is the view that this is an outstanding chance for him to learn regarding Middle Eastern theatre, share their experience of socially-charged plays and challenge the fanatic mindset through the art of theatre. CIFCET is a non-competitive fiesta, organized under the sponsorship of the Egyptian culture ministry. He added “It is a revised version of the Cairo International Festival of Experimental Theatre, which was held between 1998 and 2010. It is our honor that we have been invited to represent our country there.”

CIFCET aspires to widen the space for mutual understanding, amid sundry populations and communities. It is organized per annum so as to initiate latest developments in the world’s theatre scene to Egyptian and Arab audiences, whereas as well displaying local and regional content for theatre aficionados from the globe over. Besides to this, it attributes book readings, panel discussions, talks, workshops, stage readings and further facets pertaining to performing art, the entire translated into English.


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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