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Abuja Biggest Theatre Festival Unveils Programs Plan


Abuja Biggest Theatre Festival Unveils Programs Plan

By Jennifer S. Kuwanta

Abuja International Theatre Festival and Awards maiden edition is set to begin on Tuesday, October 31st till 5th November 2023, at various locations in FCT, Abuja.

Om’Oba Jerry Adesewo, the Festival Director revealed this on Friday, saying that “the festival is designed to celebrate diversity, share cultures and experiences, and promote peaceful co-existence all over the world, through theatre.”

He also stated that this would be an international platform where theatre lovers could attend and watch performances, and where artists from all over the world share artistic excellence and innovation and explore the intersections between various theatrical genres.

The events to take place at the festival from the opening ceremony on the very first day to departure day have a variety of programs lined up for an enthralling experience.

The 5-day festival will welcome on stage a total of 10 shows from local, national and international artists. The festival will also feature a handful of professional programmes, such as workshops and panel discussions.

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“A playwriting and Acting Masterclasses to be delivered by Olympus Ejue of the University of Abuja and Dr. Ola Ifatimehin.

Dance workshop by Esther Onwuka, James Arome and Makeda Solomon (Jamaica).

The Art of Storytelling workshop by Oluwaseun Odukoya (Aunty Shine the Storyteller) and Gertrude Munhamo (Zimbabwe).

Maximising and Monitising your Arts workshop by Husayn Zaguru, Rodney Okeokachie, and Abdul-Rahman Baban Saibo.” He said.

Adesewo also revealed that a two panel discussion will be held on Theatre and Livelihood and a panel session on Inclusiviy in the Performing Arts .

He said winners of various competitive activities will be announced and presented with their awards in categories of: The Arojah Student Playwriting Prize, ABITFA Biodun Abe Scenography Prize, and ABITFA/Olalekan Ogunlalu Theatre Bill Prize.

The Festival Director also mentioned that a number of people will be awarded.

“A handful of professionals and others in the field of theatre practice have been earmarked to receive special recognition award at the festival”. He said.

The theatre festival will subsequently hold on an annual basis in the month of November.

Abuja Biggest Theatre Festival Unveils Programs Plan

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