The European Union and Al Madina Theatre are proud to announce the second edition of Lebanon’s European Theatre Festival, which will be held from 27 September to 12 October throughout the cultural venues of Beirut.
Lebanon’s European Theatre Festival is the first event of its kind in the region. It brings together the diverse cultural heritage of different European countries and promotes inter-cultural exchange between Europe and Lebanon. For the European Union, this festival, and theatre more broadly, is a powerful vehicle for freedom of expression.
This second edition of Lebanon’s European Theatre Festival offers a rich 16-day programme of plays, workshops, panels and exhibitions, with the participation of more than 60 artists and theatre professionals.
This year, the plays speak of issues such as social diversity, identity, migration, and others that both Lebanon and the European Union are faced with. Performances and other theatre activities with artists and theatre makers from ten different countries will take place in Beirut, including from Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Poland, Spain, Romania, and Lebanon. A puppet performance Pulcinella, in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura and Dante Alighieri Lebanon, will be held in Tripoli on 5 October at Azm Cultural Center.
The festival's cultural offer targeting theatre students and professionals among others includes cutting edge and innovative workshops. Activities are focused on dramaturgy, scenography, narrative building, paper puppet making, creative processes’ and the use of new technologies to support the performing arts sector. The Art of the Polish Poster School exhibition will be showcased at Al Madina Theatre throughout the duration of the festival.
The second edition of Lebanon’s European Theatre Festival will open on Friday 27 September with the French play Place, in collaboration with L'Institut Français du Liban. The opening night is by invitation only.
Lebanon’s European Theatre Festival is co-funded by the European Union and organised in collaboration with the embassies and cultural institutes of Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Poland, Spain and Romania. Our media partners are Annahar, L'Orient Le Jour and the Daily Star.
Tickets are available at Al Madina Theatre, Librairie Antoine and Antoine Ticketing.