Edinburgh Festival a special opportunity for theater troupes: Iranian official

TEHRAN, Sept. 4 (MNA) -- An official from the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance believes that the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) is a special opportunity that theater troupes should not miss.

Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Hamid Shahabadi along with an Iranian cultural delegation visited Edinburgh last week in order to gain a deeper understanding of the festival, which ends tomorrow, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Friday.

He said that they plan to organize a theater troupe to participate in the festival next year.

“We will do our best to prepare a profound performance to compete at the festival next year. We will cover expenses for production of the play as the representative of Iran in the free section, as well as for the participating theater troupes,” he added.

He said that members of the delegation have collected brochures and information about the troupes participating in the EIF in order to invite them to Iran’s Fajr International Theater Festival.

Shahabadi believes that the EIF provides an opportunity for Iranian troupes to compare their works with foreign performances.

He said that the comparison could help them find their place in the world’s performing arts.

Edinburgh Festival is a collective term for several simultaneous arts and cultural festivals that take place during three weeks in August each year in Edinburgh, Scotland.

These festivals are arranged by a number of formally unrelated organizations, meaning there is no single event officially termed the Edinburgh Festival.


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