Eight active theatre groups in Nepal are organizing a week long international theatre festival in Kathmandu, in spring 2019. Mandala Theatre- Nepal, Shilpee Theatre, Sarwanam Theatre, Actors’ Studio, Theatre Village, Theatre Mall, Katha Ghera and One World Theatre are going to host ‘Nepal International Theatre Festival 2019’ in 5 different venues in Kathmandu. The one week long theatre festival will kick off in 25th February 2019 to 4th March 2019.
According to the press release by Nepal International Theatre Festival (NITF) 2019, the event is a celebration of art, culture, traditions in the form of theatre performances. It will incorporate the aesthetics of Jatra, Poetry, and the landmarks of Nepali Rangamanch during the eight day long festival. At least eight other international countries are invited to add value through their performances in the festival.
With the slogan “Theatre for Social Transformation: An Artistic Voyage”, NITF 2019, the weeklong festival is determined to strengthen the communal harmony, respectfulness for social diversity and to contribute in preservation on intangible cultural heritage through social awareness, art and exchange. Moreover, the festival aims to support Nepali theatre groups coming together in a shared platform to explore their aesthetic expressions and solidarities for relevant socio-political issues.
Around 30 productions from all over the world will be showcased during the festival. The theatre productions will be selected by NITF mentors. These plays will be the reflection of the vibrant socio-political scenarios of local communities from different regions of the world.
There will be minimum of 20 theatre directors from Nepal and 8 international theatre groups to stage their production in the festival. 10 participant directors from ‘Play Making Workshop 2017-18’, Mandala’s earlier event supported by GIZ-ZFD, will be staging their new productions in the Festival.
Besides the play production, the festival will be featured by other allied events such as daily interactions, open-air performances, theatre photo exhibitions, recognition and award ceremonies, cultural and artistic stalls etc. The major festival is in plan for potential extension of it as ‘Parallel Festivals’ also in two other cities in Nepal.
According to the organizers, to participate in the festival an application, which can be downloaded from NITF website, should be submitted to the festival secretariat by 31st December 2018.
Six senior theatre artists from Nepal will be recognized through the festival for their longstanding contribution in development of Nepali theatre. Moreover, the festival aims to establish an innovative idea award “NITFest Unique Idea Innovation Award” to award to encourage young enthusiast contributing to the Nepali Theatre directly or indirectly. This award is to recognize persons who are the proponents of outstanding innovative ideas that are expected to bring about substantial improvements in the areas of teaching, learning, research, community services, and administrative affair in response to Nepalese Theatre. The Award will offer a maximum of two distinguished awards to applicants who have suggested creative ideas that have the potential to bring about substantial improvements. The two best ideas will each be awarded with 100,000.00/- (NPR One Lakh).