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Meeting on West Asian Performing Arts Opens Today

Meeting on West Asian  Performing Arts Opens Today
Meeting on West Asian  Performing Arts Opens Today

Tehran is hosting a meeting of West Asian executive managers in the performing arts.

The ‘Meeting of West Asian Countries, General Directors of Performing Arts,’ a three-day event that opens on October 30, is organized by the Department of Performing Arts at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.

The session intends to establish cultural links among West Asian nations, particularly in the field of theater.

Directors in performing arts from several countries will converge on Ferdowsi International Grand Hotel in Tehran Sunday to discuss the possibility of joint cooperation in theater projects.

Managing director of the Department of Performing Arts, Majid Rajabi Me’mar told Honaronline, that this is the first such meeting of West Asian nations in the field of performing arts.

“Iran is ranked highly among Asian theater performances, in terms of both quality and quantity, and can thus play an influential role in regional theater,” Rajabi Me’mar said.

Foreign participants in the meeting are from Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Oman, Qatar, Algeria, Tunisia, Azerbaijan Republic, Lebanon and Russia.

They will also visit the historical Golestan Palace and the City Theater of Tehran, both of which are among the important national cultural landmarks.

 Introduction to National Theaters

Later, the participants will introduce their national theaters.

Iran’s international theater festivals and in particular the Puppet Theater Festival will be introduced by actress, puppeteer, screenwriter and director of TV series and films Marzieh Boroumand, 65.

Theater director, actor, playwright and researcher Davoud Fath Ali Beygi, 65, will give a presentation of the Traditional Ritual Theater Festival, and the Children and Young Adults Theater Festival will be introduced by theater director and playwright Shahram Karami, 43.

Marivan Street Theater Festival will be presented by theater director Seyyed Fateh Badparva, and Fajr Theater Festival by playwright, director, actor and theater researcher Saeed Asadi, 72.

The foreign representatives include Aliqismat Lalayef, director of Azerbaijan’s musical theater; Ahsan Salilani, special envoy from the Algerian Ministry of Culture; Seyyed Mansour Rahmani, director general of Afghanistan’s National Theater Department; Natia Sirabidze, deputy minister of Ajara Education, Culture and Sports, Georgia; Ahmad Hassan Moussa Saedi, art advisor at Iraq’s Cinema and Theater Department and Khalid bin Omar bin Ahmed al-Shanfari, head of Oman’s Salalah theater halls.

Samiullah, member of Pakistan National Council of Art and director general of the country’s Performing Arts Department; Saad Bourshid, head of Qatar’s Theater Department; Andrei Malyshev, head of the Russia’s Department of State to Support Arts and Crafts; Zahir Ramadhan, head of Syrian Artists Association; and Sami Nassri, representative from Tunisia’s Ministry of Culture are the other foreign delegates.

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