Egypt's Start Your Dream project opens for registration

Ahram Online , Saturday 23 Jan 2021

The project aims to develop and offer opportunities to young people interested in acting and the theatre

Start Your Dream
Final performance of Start Your Dream workshop in Sharqiya took place last week. (Photo: courtesy of Ministry of Culture)

Egypt's Minister of Culture Ines Abdel-Dayem announced the opening of registration for the second phase of Start Your Dream (Ebdaa Helmak) project, welcoming people interested in theatrical arts from Beni Suef, Kafr El-Sheikh, Port Said, Giza, and Aswan.

Applications can be retrieved online and should be submitted to the Cultural Palaces of each city no later than 15 February. Check the application link here.

Organised by Ahmed Awad, head of the General Organisation of Culture Palaces, the project is the brainchild of Adel Hassaan, the director of the Youth Theatre in Cairo.

Start Your Dream aims to develop and offer opportunities to young people interested in acting and the field of theatre at large. 

Operating since 2018 in Cairo, the initiative has attracted a large number of young people. Among the achievements of the Youth Theatre’s acting workshops was the play Beit Al-Ashbah (The Ghost House), performed by young actors in 2019. The play was written and directed by Mahmoud Gamal Hedindi.

During the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the initiative was moved to an online platform under the culture ministry's YouTube channel. Viewers were able to attend online workshops that consisted of short lectures covering a variety of theatre issues with the aim of developing young talents interested in exploring the field.

Numerous theatre specialists shared their expertise during the workshop, presenting topics on acting, drama, and stage performance.

The workshops then continued across Egypt's governorates, such as Beni Suef, Kafr El-Sheikh, Port Said, Kerdasa in Giza, Aswan, Fayoum and the latest was in Sharqiya.

The project receives a large number of applicants and theatre specialists choose a few dozen of the most talented candidates. The six-month training culminates with a performance at the Cultural Palace.

The culture ministry stressed adherence to precautionary measures against the coronavirus in the upcoming workshops.

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