Actress Denise Ababei portrays French singer Edith Piaf in the monodrama show showcasing Monday in Cairo
With most of its activities being held at Al-Hanager Theatre, the festival will continue until Friday 16 September.
Under the helm of the festival director and founder Osama Raouf, 14 countries including Egypt, Romania, USA, Kosovo, Germany, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, Netherlands, Sri Lanka and Morocco, are participating in the main competitions and different activities.
Following the opening ceremonies and speeches on Monday, Romania’s show Edith Piaf will be showcased at the small hall, with the day’s other activities set to include the Egyptian show Meta and Jordanian show Deek at Al-Hanager Theatre.
The fifth edition is dedicated to the late Egyptian actor Khaled Saleh with a special tribute made for late Egyptian artist Mahmoud El-Alfy and Omani actress Samaa Mohamed.
The festival is also honouring Egyptian director Khaled Galal, actress Lekaa Elkhamissi and German director Matthias Gehrt.
The main competitions jury is headed by Egyptian director Usama Abu Taleb, combining the membership of German director Gehrt and Omani artist Talib al Balushi.
Three workshops are being held as part of the festival, including one on acting by Kosovan director and actor Mentor Zymbyraj, one on improvising and team building by American actress Heather Massie and one on theatre lighting by Egyptian artist Abo Bakr El-Shreef.
As part of the festival, the El-Hakawaty (“The Story-Teller”) stage is hosting 10 Egyptian story-tellers, as well as veteran director Hassan El-Geretly, in a talk moderated by artist Mohamed Abdel-Fattah.