The activities of the first session of the African Theater Festival, organized by the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication in Morocco, in partnership with the Moonbeam Association, opened at the Mohammed V Theater in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, within the framework of the activities of Rabat, the Capital of African Culture.
The opening ceremony of the festival witnessed the honoring of Malian director, actor and writer Habib Dembele, who received the shield of the festival in celebration of Mali, the guest of honor for this session.
Theatrical groups from 10 African countries are participating in the festival: Morocco, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Mali, Cameroon, Kenya, Comoros and Benin.
The theatrical works participating in the festival kicked off at the Bahnini Hall, with the play “Rage at One an Hour” from Cameroon, directed by Becky Bey and David Guy Kono, then the play “Point Zero” from Burundi, directed by Freddy Sarembuna.
The festival seeks to highlight the richness and diversity of contemporary African theater as a theater that draws from reality, resistance and steadfastness, and reflects a tool to embody the struggles and dreams of Africans, as it presents an unprecedented vision of contemporary African theater carried by emerging authors and directors and others internationally renowned.
It is noteworthy that the program of celebrations in Rabat, the capital of African culture, includes the fields of literature, poetry, plastic arts, music, theater, cinema, street arts, dance, digital arts, fashion shows, photography, folk arts, storytelling and circus arts, in addition to forums and intellectual meetings, among others.
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