Malawi secondary school in international theatre festival

Window of opportunity has popped up for one of secondary schools in the country to participate in International School Theatre-Festival “Fair Culture – The world of tomorrow” in German next year.

The yet to be selected school will partake in the festival to take place from 14th to 18th June, 2013 in Hannover, German joining other African schools from Ghana and Morocco. Other countries invited include Palestine, Poland, Hungary and Turkey.

Malawian school has been incorporated in the festival during German-Malawian Experts Exchange forum organized by the Schauspiel Hannover earlier this month where experts in theatre and school theatre met to prepare International School Theatre-Festival “Fair Culture – The world of tomorrow”.

Mcarthur Matukuta

One of the participants and the country’s representative to the forum, Macarthur Matukuta disclosed to Nyasa Times the school yet to be identified will partake in the festival following the partnership forged between Blantyre and Hannover as twin cities.

According to Matukuta, the festival participants will present cultural variety in theatre performances, workshops and a symposium as well as try out ways of developing and implementing future scenarios for the world of tomorrow in joint theatrical productions.

“The festival’s theme is based on Millennium development goals which include ensuring that children everywhere will be able to complete full course of primary education, eliminating gender disparity and halving the proportion of people who suffer from hunger by 2015.

“The possibilities for sustainable development and global responsibility will be illustrated through the example of fair trade and fair consumption and brought to life with the help of theatre teachers,” Matukuta said.

He further explained that alongside the festival, teachers and theatre makers will meet for the international “Theatre and development” conference.

“Each school theatre group will have members between 8 – 9 people aged 16 to 20 years (male and female mixed). And each international group will have a partner group from a school in Hannover. There will also be one female theatre teacher or expert from each country who will present theatrical and cultural history of her country,” he added.

The festival aside, country representatives are slated to hold a conference/academic exchange workshops with 1-2 experts for significant praxis (Workshops) and theory of theatre in the particular country, e.g. special traditions and techniques, prä-colonial theatre, challenges in terms of youth etcetera.

The International School Theatre-Festival “Fair Culture – The world of tomorrow” is to be financed through an application to the EU Culture Programme (2007-2013).

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