Libyan Street Theatre

The Libyan Street Theatre project, the result of a partnership between the British Council in Libya, the Libyan National Theatre and the European Union, is putting on performances from 25 – 26 June at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as part of the the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival (GDIF) 2014.

The project’s aims are to  “raise the profile of Street Theatre in Libya by forging links with international experts to increase public access to the arts in Libya and provide the opportunity for young Libyan theatre students to work with a well-established British outdoor theatre director.”

Here is a video by the British Council in Libya:

The Libyan Street Theatre Project from BCLibya on Vimeo.

 

This project reminded me of a presentation by Khaled Mattawa on the state of the arts in Libya and his own work to encourage young Libyan artists, where he makes the point that the arts have been neglected for four decades, and stresses the importance of public engagement and festivals.

 

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