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Third edition of Cairo Int'l Gathering for University Theatre to take place in October

The upcoming edition of the gathering will carry the slogan 'A New Egypt, a New Future'

Ahram Online , Friday 30 Jul 2021
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The third edition of the Cairo International Gathering for University Theatre will take place between 24 and 30 October. Held under the patronage of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, the gathering will be held under the theme of ‘A New Egypt, a New Future’.

Headed by Amr Kabil, the gathering is organised with the support of the ministries of culture, youth, and sports, and the Tourism Promotion Authority.

In its upcoming edition, the forum will see the participation of many Egyptian universities in addition to 24 countries from Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America, the organisers revealed.

The third edition’s board includes Chairman Hossam Badrawi, director Amr Kabil, artist Samira Abdel-Aziz, novelist Doha Assy, head of the Theatre Department at the American University in Cairo Dina Amin; Vice Dean of the Higher Institute of Folklore Samar Said, among others.

The event launched in 2018 under the patronage of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi with the aim to give an opportunity for Egyptian and international university students, artists, and researchers in the field of university theatre to discuss and develop their practice through exposure to different cultures. The gathering also emphasises on a dialogue and possible exchange between the students’ theatre sector.

In its second edition in 2019, the event hosted Saudi Arabia as its guest of honour. The gathering’s third edition was originally scheduled for 2020, however, it could not take place as planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of all cultural events.

The submissions of the plays were closed on 1 July and the viewing committee will announce the selected performances and the upcoming gathering’s details within the coming days.

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