Cairo Int'l Festival for Experimental Theatre calls for submissions

Ati Metwaly , Saturday 17 Jul 2021

The festival's 28th edition is scheduled to take place between 7 and 15 December

Photos from the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre's previous editions

The management of the 28th Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre (CIFET) has called on local, regional, and international theatre-makers to submit their works for the festival's 28th edition, scheduled to take place between 7 and 15 December.

The deadline for receiving applications through the CIFET's website is 7 August.

The festival said it "aims to introduce the latest developments in the international theatre scene to Egyptian and Arab audiences, while also serving as a platform for local and regional theatre productions for the benefit of specialists and interested festivals all over the world."

Accepted performances will be presented for two consecutive nights. Additional performances may be organised outside Cairo at the discretion of the festival and by prior arrangement with the visiting troupe.

The management stated the festival will "cover all accommodation and local transportation expenses for up to 15 individuals per delegation. All other expenses, inclusive of flight tickets and shipment of equipment, are the sole responsibility of the visiting delegation."

Earlier this month Egypt's Culture Minister Ines Abdel-Dayem announced the edition's president is Gamal Yakout (taking over from Alaa Abdel-Aziz who presided over the CIFET's 27th edition of 2020), while artistic directors Mohamed Abdel-Rahman El-Shafei and Said Kabil are on the festival's board. 

The festival's 27th edition saw several changes introduced by Abdel-Aziz. One of the fundamental decisions was bringing back the festival's original name — the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre — which it had held since its founding in 1988 until 2010.

The festival's continuity was interrupted by the January 2011 Revolution and the many changes that took place in Egypt's artistic scene in the following years. After a five-year hiatus, the festival returned in 2016 with its 23rd edition and a new name: the Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre (CIFCET).

Also, the festival's competitive character, one that characterised the event between 1988 and 2010, has been removed after its return in 2016. However, it was reinstated by Abdel-Aziz during the 27th edition which was limited to local live performances and international online plays due to the pandemic.

With the festival's return in full format, Yakout is yet to reveal his vision for the upcoming edition.

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