Cairo Int'l Festival for Experimental Theatre to introduce online ticketing for first time

Ahram Online , Wednesday 4 Aug 2021

The online booking platform aims to reduce overcrowding at box offices and to allow different audiences access to what the festival has to offer


The management of the 28th Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre (CIFET) has announced that its ticket booking service will be available online through the festival’s official website

Since the festival's launch in 1988, this is the first time CIFET will offer tickets online.

According to the festival's president Gamal Yakout, the service will help reduce crowds that flock to the box office during the festival days. The strategy also helps with the implementation of health safety procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The festival's 28th edition is scheduled to take place between 14 and 19 December 2021, and the launch of online ticketing will take place together with the event's opening.

Yakout also added that this year the festival will make sure to reserve part of the tickets for senior citizens and the disabled.

Founded in 1988, the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre took place annually in the first days of September. However, 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). During this period of time, the festival also dropped its competitive character and focused on presenting a limited number of local and international plays.

In its 27th edition (2020), the CIFET was held in the first days of September with Alaa Abdel-Aziz as its president. Among the major changes that Abdel-Aziz introduced is returning to the event's competitive character and bringing back the event's original name: the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre.

Due to the pandemic, the 27th CIFET was limited to local live performances by Egyptian troupes and international online plays.

The festival's 28th edition, to take place in December, is presided over by Gamal Yakout. The artistic directors are Mohamed Abdelrahman El-Shafei and Saeed Kabeel.

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