Baghdad Theater Festival is a big artistic wedding, Iraqi and Arab Artists comment

Culture and art
  • 20-11-2021, 21:04
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    Baghdad International Theater Festival 2nd kicked off on Saturday, with the participation of 15 Arab and foreign plays, as well as the presentation of various activities in the Al-Rasheed, Al-Watani and Al-Rafidain theaters in the capital, Baghdad.

    “Serious Iraqi art was known in this land before the Greeks, and the interpretation of works is close to reality at various times, as its age exceeds thousands of years.  Serious theater is the opposite of low theater,” said the Minister of Culture, Hassan Nadhim in his speech at the opening of the festival, which was attended by the correspondent of the Iraqi News Agency (INA).

    Nadhim noted that Baghdad Festival is entrusted with celebrating serious theater and serious playwriting, saying “the revival of the festival in its second edition is taking place under difficult conditions in Iraq and the region, and serious theater is entrusted with interpreting reality with humanitarian and social messages,” 

    "Theater is life. Modern theater opened our eyes to serious theater, from George Abyad to Hakki Al-Shibli and from Ahmed Shawky to Salah Abdel-Sabour,” he included praising the reopening of Al-Rasheed Theater again, after being closed for 18 years.

    Arab artists, in turn, praised the good organization of the festival, its attendance and various activities.

    "My feeling today when I stand in the middle of my senior colleagues and I am the youngest experience is a great honor for me,” said the Syrian artist, Solaf Fawakherji in her speech at the opening of Baghdad Festival.

    She added: "Iraq and authentic Iraqi art have a great appreciation for us, which is history and civilization, art and culture. Today, we restore life with theater, art and light, as we are gathered today. Thank you! to the festival management for honoring me and my pride. I thank everyone for this honor and I dedicate it to Iraq and my family in Syria,”