Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, the 5th Fujairah International Monodrama Festival commences this Friday January 20th at 08:00 pm at the front area of Fujairah Fort.
While VIP seats are by invitation only at the opening ceremony, the Fujairah Fort outside theatre has 800 seats and it is a case of first comes, first seated.
Admission is free at the opening ceremony and at every theatre performance of the festival! Is there any other international festival where admission is free?
Opening Dance Show
The opening ceremony will include a theatrical dance show entitled ‘Fujairah.. The World Passes Through Here’, written by playwright and poet Mohammad Saeed Al Dhanhani, Festival Chairman, and directed by Eyad Al Khzouz. The show's music is composed by Walid Al Hashim and the performance is by the Ornina Theatrical Dance Group.
Theatre World in Fujairah
The opening ceremony will be attended by a large number of official, cultural, and media personalities from the UAE, in addition to the festival's guests of honor who number more than 250 celebrities from the Arabic and international world of art, culture, and media.
The twelve participating plays in the 5th FIMF will be shown starting Saturday evening. Two of the plays are from the United Arab Emirates; one of them is ‘The Pianist’, written by Dr. Milha Abdulla and performed and directed by Moroccan artist Latifa Ahrar. ‘The Pianist’ is produced by the Fujairah Culture and Media Authority. The second Emirati show is ‘Fools Rush In’, produced by the Dubai Al Ahli Theatre, written by Jamal Matar and directed by Ahmad Mal Allah.
The festival management announced the festival program which includes two plays for each day of the festival. The first play of each evening will be shown at the Dibba Al Fujairah Theatre while the second play each night will be staged on the Monodrama House Theatre. The first two plays will be on Saturday evening starting with ‘The Pianist’ commencing at 06:00 pm and followed by the Azerbaijani show ‘That's the End’ at 08:00 pm.
The program in Arabic and English for the varied international festival feast can be downloaded from this link.
The Festival Committee has put together a summary of each of the shows to inform and whet the appetite.
The Show Summaries can be downloaded at this link.
Take a Look
Some photos of the venue for the opening night of the Fujairah International Monodrama Festival can be seen in this photo album.
Fujairah Culture and Media Authority Publishes ‘The World of Theatre’, FIF, 18 January 2012.
Fujairah International Monodrama Festival Program 20-28 January 2012, (Download your Festival Program and the Summaries of the Dramas in the Festival), FIF, 17 January 2012.
Peter Brook Accepts Invitation to Attend Fujairah Monodrama Festival, FIF, 10 January 2012.
Peter Brook First Winner of Fujairah Theatrical Award, FIF, 3 January 2012.
Fifth International Monodrama Festival in Fujairah, UAE, 2012, FIF, 30 December 2011.
Planning in Full Swing for 5th International Monodrama Festival in Fujairah, FIF, 21 September 2012.
Fujairah International Monodrama Festival website.
Fujairah Culture and Media Authority
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Image: The newly created theatre at the iconic Fujairah Fort. What a view! What a magnificent Middle Eastern atmosphere!