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Sunday, 18 July 2010 06:30

The 13th Mobarak International Puppet Theater Festival will run in Tehran from July 22-27 promoting Iranian culture and identity.

In a press conference held at Tehran’s City Theater Complex on Saturday, secretary of the festival Ardeshir Salehpur gave details of the program. The 13th edition of the event will center on the motto “Iranian Identity Is Global Culture”, said Salehpur, adding, “We must learn to join the global culture with our Iranian identity, so we have dedicated the central theme of the festival to Iranian plays.

“Over 120 countries applied to the festival, indicating the fact that Iranian puppet theater has even improved its already high status in the world.

This year, troupes from countries including Germany, France, Bosnia, Argentina, Italy, Britain, Switzerland, and the Netherlands will stage their plays in the program,” he explained. Different sections of publication, selected plays, Quranic stories, guest, academic, children and puppet, workshop, screenwriting, and Kheimeh Shab-Bazi are included in this year’s Mobarak festival. Kheimeh Shab-Bazi is a Persian traditional puppet show which is performed in a small chamber by a musical performer and a person called a morshed (mentor). The dialogue takes place between the morshed and the puppets.

“A collection of eight new books published on puppetry will also be released during the event one of which is ‘Culture of Puppets and Iranian Traditional Puppets’ written by Pupak Azimpur,” he remarked. Workshops are also arranged during the festival in which several Iranian and foreign masters of puppetry have been invited to take part.

Fleur Marie Fuentes from France will work on the process of making giant puppets, while Italian Marie Crobin will teach how to make fantasy puppets, and French puppet master Alain Lecucq will work on paper puppets. Iranian artists Tina Abashzadeh and Azar Mobaraki are expected to join the team in the workshop.

Several artists are also invited to make speeches on puppets during the festival. They come from the different countries of Italy, Serbia, Poland, France, Turkey, India and Canada.

Curtsey:Mehr News

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