Excitement as 16th Havana International Theatre Festival approaches

Posted: 17-Oct-15 11:33

On October 22nd the 16th edition of the annual Havana International Theatre Festival will begin. With several foreign and local companies scheduled to perform, the event, dedicated to veteran director Peter Brook, promises to be a memorable spectacle.

Excitement as 16th Havana International Theatre Festival approaches

The Havana International Theatre Festival is a grand showcasing of the performing arts, a spectacle that people in Cuba and around the world look forward to every year. It is not just a time to stage and watch plays; it is a time of cultural exchange and a time for visitors to discover the hidden treasures of Cuban art.

Performance groups from more than 40 countries will be hosted in the country and 23 groups will display the best of the local theater scene. But the festival is about much more than just theatrical productions, it is a time of learning and exchanging of ideas. This will be in the form of forums and workshops as well as book and magazine presentations. Other forms of art will be well be represented as well with photographic exhibitions and dance sessions. All these activities will take place between October 22nd and 31st.

There are a few ways in which this year's festival, which will be the 16th edition of this yearly event, will differ from those of previous years. It will be, for one, focused on the aspect of stage direction, guided by veteran British director Peter Brook who turned 90 this year. In many ways the 2015 Havana International Theatre Festivalis a dedication to this brilliant innovator. Born in London in 1925, he staged his first production in 1943. He has been based in Paris since the 1970s where he has been working as the artistic director of Bouffes du Nord theatre.

It will be a particularly special festival for the Teatro Buendia Company as they will be marking 30 years as a performance group. Incidentally, the festival will be marking its 35th birthday as the first one was held in 1980.

Despite the name, the action won't be limited to the Cuban capital; the organizers say that parallel events will take place in the cities of Villa Clara, Cienfuegos, Sancti Spiritus and Pinar del Rio. All the festivities will however kick off in the Havana National Theatre's Covarrubias Hall. Participating teams will receive direct invitations from the organizing committee of the event after being selected by their curator team so you can expect nothing short of the best.


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