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Dubai Culture launches youth theatre fest

DUBAI, June 10, 2017

Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, the emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has launched a new festival programme for youth theatre 2017 and 2018. 
 
This year, the programme will be launched afresh with a new series of initiatives, including 10 specialised academic workshops covering various aspects of theatre and supervised by experts from the Higher Institute of Theatrical Arts in Cairo.
 
During the workshops, which run from July to November, participants will be motivated by a range of new competitions, said a statement from Dubai Culture . 
 
These include a theatrical composition contest under a ‘Year of Giving’ theme, and a best text award that will see the winner’s work produced during the Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre 2018.
 
In addition to the workshops launched in 2017, a new and more comprehensive strategy is being developed for the next year's edition, which will include international theatre performances, field visits for young artists to learn about best theatre practices in other Arab and international countries, and intellectual seminars and forums that will develop the UAE performing arts sector and discuss the challenges faced by young artists and local theatres. 
 
Further competitions and awards will also be launched in 2018, when there will be a focus on integrating people with determination into the theatre through training and work experience, it added.
 
Dubai Culture is developing the comprehensive 2018 strategy to support the growing requirements of the performing arts sector in the emirate of Dubai, the UAE, and the wider region. This year, the authority will conduct a series of workshops in order to assess the theatre’s contribution to the sector and develop solutions in collaboration with the specialised committees who have supported the festival for the past ten years. 
 
The authority seeks to prepare the next generation of young artists in an academic and practical way, in line with global best practices and according to the outputs of the theoretical and practical workshops hosted this year.
 
Fatima Al Jallaf, the head of Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre and acting events manager, said: "We are proud of the festival’s achievements which managed to establish its reputation as the ideal platform for ambitious drama enthusiasts in the UAE. In this year format we are focusing in particular on the academic development of the participant’s talents."
 
"This is reflected by our programme of workshops and lectures, which are designed to provide a sound education across various aspects of theatrical production. The festival has grown exponentially to become a major event for both the established and budding theatre community in the UAE, with our emerging talent workshop allowing new talents to seek the guidance of specialised theatre artists," he added.
 
The 2017 programme will kick off on July 2 with ‘Theatrical Script Writing’ workshops, which will continue for seven days alongside other workshops including ‘Voice & Language for Actors & Presenters’ and ‘Theatrical Costumes’. 
 
‘Theatrical Make-Up’ and ‘Theatre Production’ workshops will follow in August, while September will be dedicated to ‘Theatrical Acting’ and ‘Theatre Directing’. In October, participants will have the opportunity to learn about ‘Theatre Décor’, and the last two workshops – ‘Theatrical Lighting’ and ‘Sounds Effects & Music’ – will be hosted in November. 
 
The festival is open to participants aged 15 years or over who have the discipline to commit to the hours of workshops, sufficient talent and desire to participate, and the ability to handle the pressures of intensive psychological and physical training. 
 
The Authority also stresses that participants must be able to communicate with others through teamwork, and be willing to follow the work ethic required during the practical and theoretical exercises. Interested participants can apply via the following email address:  dfytworkshops@dubaiculture.ae
 
Dubai Culture is celebrating ten successful years of the festival, which has become a leading platform for nurturing the most promising theatre talents in the UAE and the Gulf region, including directors, theatre writers, actors, technical professionals and experts in clothing, lighting and make-up, it added.-TradeArabia News Service



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