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Sharjah Desert Theatre Festival
25 January 2024

Sharjah Desert Theatre Festival

Sharjah Department of Culture and Information has organised a new festival as an interpretation of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. The aim of the festival is to strengthen the position of the art of theatre by connecting with people and society in every time and place.

The festival seeks to explore the bonds between the forms of performative expression and narrative expression that use the desert as a reservation for the art of the theatre. With the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, efforts have been redoubled to make the theatre experience in Arab countries active, influential, and innovative, whether it be through the conventional line of questioning and aiming, or through proposing ideas and creative solutions for the present and the upcoming future.

The objective of the four-night festival is to gather people of the theatre from the Arab nations to start a dialogue. We hope this will help develop and stimulate their creative experiences and resolve any differences, giving the festival informed direction on the way to substantiality and modernity.

This nocturnal event will combine technical, social, and folklore features to celebrate the richness of the desert culture. This dynamic culture has always inspired the tales of travelers, the books of storytellers, and the colours of painters, with limitless desert sands, dunes, valleys, people, traditions, and customs in varying conditions of stability and transition.

The festival's shows are centred around the structure of story, poetry, and performance, and the multiple methods of artistic expressions that are collected by the aesthetic memory of the desert. It is intended for these performances to reflect the diverse desert culture of the Arab world, from the East to the West.