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Fajr Theater Festival Opens

Fajr Theater Festival Opens Fajr Theater Festival Opens

The 34th Fajr International Theater Festival kicked off at Sangelaj Theater Hall in Tehran with a ceremony on Thursday coinciding with the golden jubilee celebrations of the hall, the oldest theater hall in the capital.

Winners in four sections of photo, theater poster, theater-related poster and scriptwriting were awarded and a cake for the 50th anniversary was cut by veteran actor Saeed Poursamimi, IRNA reported.

In a video shown at the start of the event, veteran actors Mohammad-Ali Keshavarz and Ezatollah Entezami talked about their peers who directed or performed in the plays staged at Sangelaj.

Established in 1965, Sangelaj Hall was registered on Iran’s National Heritage List in 2008.

Festival secretary Saeed Asadi said the event is a reflection of the efforts of local artists. He also noted that in the past five decades of theater, this field “has moved forward and reached its maturity.”

The ceremony was host to several artists including actors Dariush Asadzadeh, Malakeh Ranjbar, Parviz Purhosseini, Mahmoud Azizi, Majid Mozafari and Roya Afshar as well as spokesman at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance Hossein Noushabadi, current manager of the hall, Ali Abedi, and the former manager Atabak Naderi.

The festival comprises several competitive and non-competitive sections dedicated to national and international plays. A total of nine foreign plays will be competing in the international section.

The festival marks the start of the 10-day Dawn Festivities in celebration of the anniversary of the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.