The organisers of the newly founded Eazees International Women's Theatre Festival announced that it will honour a number of remarkable women who have left an imprint on the Egyptian theatre scene.
The honourees include Hoda Wasfi, professor of French literature and the founding director of the Hanager Centre for the Arts, which since the 1990s has been a hub for the Egyptian independent theatre movement. Other honourees include Effat Yahya, founder of the Caravan Troupe for Independent Theatre, Jordanian actress Najat Ali, and the late composer and director Eman Salah El-Din.
Actress and director Abeer Lotfy who heads the Eazees festival revealed that the inaugural edition is named after late writer Fathia Al-Assal.
"Through her literary works and activities, Al-Assal has always supported women's issues alongside their presence within the social and political contexts. She is an inspiration for Eazees festival and we are sure she would have also supported the idea behind it," Lotfy said in the press release.
The festival's honorary president is Egyptian renowned actress Sawsan Badr.
The festival will take place between 15 and 21 September, after being postponed several times due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Focusing on women's creativity in theatre, the festival is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture in partnership with the National Council for Women and in cooperation with the ministries of youth, sports and tourism, the Tourism Promotion Authority, Cairo governorate, and the "I Care Association" in addition to several foreign cultural centres.
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