On the occasion of the organization of the 3 festivals: Cairo International Gathering For University Theater, Festival International du Théâtre Universitaire de Tanger, Festival International du Théâtre Universitaire de Casablanca, and as part of its openness to international cultural activities and its promotion from the Moroccan theater, ENCG Casablanca, thanks to the teams of its fantasia troupe, participated, between October 24 and 30, in these three events.
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This 31st edition of the festival is significant compared to previous editions. It is the beginning of a new phase in its history after 30 years of existence. The organizer wanted to make it a highlight in the history of Hassan II University in Casablanca through our projections into the future of this civic, Casablanca and Moroccan cultural project.
After the themes of previous editions; “Silence“, “Action“ and “Interaction”, this year was chosen “Theater and Change“. This choice, like the previous choices, is not accidental. It joins the ambition to be in the news of the world, and the reaction to the various themes posed for the study and the debate, especially within the framework of an academic approach represented by this festival.
The modern world has undergone profound social and cultural changes as a result of relentless demographic development and economic and technological change. Art in general and theater in particular have not escaped these changes. Thus, the actors of the different theater professions are starting to ask themselves questions about the objectives and values that this art must convey and also about the strategies and ways to promote it and communicate it to different audiences.
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The main goal of FITUT is “to demonstrate to young people that the values of tolerance, openness and acceptance of the other in its diversity and its particularity, through art, are part of the construction of the Moroccan of tomorrow “. Through its ambition to create bridges of fraternity between the various university troupes around the world, the festival reaffirms Morocco’s role in cultural mixing and its desire to promote a culture of peace and dialogue between peoples, civilizations and religions.
This cultural crossroads takes on a singular sound insofar as it aims to support young talents passionate about the theater, with a view to encouraging them to continue to carry the torch of living art with dignity, with the objective of contributing to the cultural influence. of the city of Detroit and strengthen its cultural heritage, he added.
On the menu for this edition, which continues until October 29, there is a range of activities, workshops and a masterclass. All with the aim of offering festival-goers an exceptional theatrical excursion. This edition also includes other tributes to great icons of Moroccan theater. One of these tributes will be paid to actor, director and screenwriter Mohamed Tsouli and another to the great man of the theater Ahmed Saari and Nora Skalli.
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The event was launched in 2018 under the patronage of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi with the aim of providing an opportunity for Egyptian and international university students, artists and researchers in the field of university theater to discuss and develop their practice by exposing themselves to different cultures. The gathering also emphasizes a dialogue and possible exchange between the student theater sector.
The third edition of the Cairo International Gathering for University Theater takes place October 24-30. Placed under the high patronage of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, the gathering will be held under the theme “A new Egypt, a new future”. Led by Amr Kabil, the rally is organized with the support of the Ministries of Culture, Youth and Sports and Tourism.
In this edition, the forum will see the participation of many Egyptian universities in more than 24 countries of Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America, revealed the organizers. The organizing council for the third edition includes President Hossam Badrawi, director Amr Kabil, artist Samira Abdel-Aziz, novelist Doha Assy, head of the theater department at the American University of Cairo Dina Amin; Vice-dean of the Samar Said Higher Institute of Folklore, among others.