Theatre companies from five different countries and three different will be treating theatre lovers to a real theatre bonanza between the 7th and 11th of September in a programme of diverse workshops and performances.
The Malta International Theatre Festival was launched in 2014 to commemorate the 20th Anniversary (1994-2014) since the official establishment of the Malta Drama Centre as the national performing arts school under the Department of Education. Following the first edition, the MDC School Council decided to hold the festival on biennially alternating with a Youth Theatre Festival (first edition 2015). However, the growing success of the festival led the committee to hold it on yearly basis. The aim of the Festival is to present, by way of a variety of plays, performances and subsequent critical analyses, colloquies and workshops, a global picture of the diverse trends in theatre, and to encourage encounters between theatre practitioners.
Alan Fenech, director of the festival, stated that since the first edition held in 2014, the festival has grown both in content as well as in reputation with the festival committee being spoilt for choice both when it came to selecting the local participants as well as the foreign theatre troupes. “The festival also includes a number of workshops and discussions which in themselves are a means of sharing the different theatrical traditions and practices”. He added that the festival also leads to the exportation of the local talent with two participating groups from last year’s edition having been invited abroad to other festivals.
This year’s edition will include participants from Malta, Algeria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Japan and Kosovo. The festival will be held at Fort St. Angelo with three different performances each night on the 7th, 9th and 10th of September whilst workshops will be held at the Malta Drama Centre on the 8th, 9th and 10th of September.
For more information, the complete programme and to book one may visit the official website www.mitfestival.com or call on 21220665.