International Festival "Let's Unite for a Dignified Life"

International Theatre Festival - Theatre of the Oppressed 2015

ASHTAR Theatre- Palestine
The Fifth Season of
The Theatre of Oppressed  

“Let's Unite for a Dignified Life“
 (April 30 – May 15, 2015)

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At the time the Palestinian people are viciously attacked and Gaza is living the worst war ever witnessed on civilians. Hundreds are killed, and thousands are wounded with no sufficient suitable medical organizations to treat them. ASHTAR Theatre will continue to work and strive to achieve its objective.

The Palestinian society that has been living under long years of political, social and economical constrains and oppressions, is entangled in pre-defined settings imposed on them. These settings hinder the society from looking into options of alternative self-realization and means of freedom of thoughts, words and actions, which is supposed to help the society learn to respect differences and praise diversities of opinions. The absence of this practice creates lack of tolerance, imprisons the society in dogmas, and narrows its aspirations. Therefore, it is important to give the people a platform and a set of new techniques to help them regain their confidence and stimulate their abilities for change…change that starts from within them and not from the exterior.

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ASHTAR Theatre is currently preparing for the International Festival of the Theatre of Oppressed “”, for the fifth time in Palestine and for a period of 2 weeks from 30 April to 15 May. The Festival will address the problems of oppression and socio-political issues faced by: women, detainees, children, and farmers using the Theatre Oppressed.  International  theatre  groups,  in  addition  to several local theatre groups and community groups trained by ASHTAR Theatre will be invited to take part in the season in various areas of the West Bank and Gaza. The season will be mainly targeting women, youth, high school students, university students, community groups and the general audience.  Each participating group will perform at least 3 times in different locations. The activities of the season will be accomplished in cooperation with several local organizations, cultural centers, schools, universities and theatres, and human rights organizations. Activities will also include holding 3-4 workshops in TO technique. Furthermore, active jokers from around the world will participate in the 3-day conference which will be held in ASHTAR - Ramallah. The Conference will discuss the modes of using theatre inside the prisons and in safe homes. Specialized papers will be presented and discussion sessions held.

Participating groups are kindly requested to cover the cost of their international travel; ASHTAR Theatre will work to cover full accommodation and local transportation for all the participants; groups and individuals. Each participating group should not exceed 8 members. Interested forum theatre groups and artists who would like to take part in this Festival are invited to contact us to receive additional information.

ASHTAR is open for suggestions related to workshops and/or lectures during the Festival.

Hope to see you in Palestine next spring.

Edward Muallem - Festival Director
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