LAHORE - Ajoka Theatre will represent Pakistan in annual edition of Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre which will start from today and will continue for eleven days.

Shahid Nadeem the founding director of Ajoka theatre will represent Ajoka and Pakistan in Egypt’s Annual theatre festival.

Shahid told The Nation that Cairo International festival for contemporary and experimental theatre is perhaps one of the biggest theatre happenings and gathering  in the African Continent.  Beside Middle Eastern countries like Iraq, Libya, Syria, Jordan, Saudia Arabia and Qatar, the theatre groups from western countries also participate and showcase their stories in this historic festival.

“The Festival as a whole is a huge activity and has almost 8 to 10 simultaneous performances in various venues all over the Cairo city,” he said.

 

He will participate as panel speaker in various sessions about issues faced by traditional and modern theatre and will also conduct an exclusive theatre workshop with local talent under the title of “Theatre in the time of Jihad” as well.

 

Shahid mentioned that it is the second time that Ajoka theatre is participating in the festival, earlier Ajoka performed its play “Shaher-e-Afsoos” there. He also added that this will be good opportunity to learn about theatre in the Middle East and share experience about socially meaningful theatre and challenging the extremist mindset through the art of theatre.