Eazees Int'l Women’s Theatre Festival concludes its activities at Cairo Opera House

Ahram Online , Saturday 25 May 2024

The Eazees International Women’s Theatre Festival (EIWTF), which kicked off on 16 May, concluded its activities with a special ceremony held at the Cairo Opera House's open-air theatre last Wednesday.


EIWTF's honorary president Elham Shaheen, the festival's president Abeer Lotfy, and its directors Abeer Aly and  Rasha Abdel-Moneim attended the ceremony. Furthermore, the ceremony was attended by several dignitaries, including the ambassadors of Iraq, Tunisia, Morocco, Austria, and Japan, and dozens of theatre players.

Moreover, the ceremony was directed by Taghreed Abdel-Rahman, with journalist Sally Saeed as the presenter. 

The evening began with songs by Basma El-Bendary, followed by a segment celebrating the late artist Aida Abdel-Aziz, whose name marked this year's edition ( the second of the festival).

The actress played roles in over 200 films and television series, collaborating with several well-known directors and stars.

The EIWTF showcased some photos of the actress on stage, provided by her son Sherif Ahmed Abdel-Halim.

These shed light on her work in plays such as Mawal Al-Ard -- a performance directed by Ahmed Abdel-Halim that tackles the Palestinian issue -- and other more popular plays such as The Lady Hoda, The Sultan’s Game -- starring Nour El-Sherif -- and Naughty Dreams, featuring Ali Hassanein and Salwa Mohamed Ali.

Mona Shaheen, the executive director of the festival, and Samar Dowidar, director of the artistic workshops, presented honorary shields to all the participants who attended the many workshops held during the festival.

Creatives from Egypt, Tunisia, Iraq, Austria, Japan, Spain, and Morocco held several theatre writing and artistic management workshops.

The festival also presented honorary shields to the theatre troupes that participated in this year's edition, including artists from Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Spain, and Japan.

The festival was first launched in 2021; its second edition was held between 16 and 23 May 2024.

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