THE CREATIVE FORUM FOR INDEPENDENT THEATRE GROUPS
The Creative Forum for Independent Theatre Groups (Europe- Mediterranean) is a platform for contemporary theatre. At the same time, it is a practical phenomenon of the "anti-festival" concept, where formality is superseded by creativity. The Forum is also a meeting point for the independent theatre groups that work apart from official, governmental cultural institutions, working out a different artistic, creative and socio-political formula.
Through the Forum, we try to throw off all the fake masks that conceal the artists from their lives, make them lose their belief in themselves and spread the notions of isolation, alienation and mistrusting the Other. We, therefore, try to fight mistrust in this world, a world which suffers from a spiritual crisis, through theatre performances, real dialogue programmes, training, education, exchange of experiences and information, and building joint artistic projects between artists from different generations and backgrounds.
2004 - 2005
The programme of publication is considered one of the major activities run during The Creative Forum for Independent Theatre Groups. From the early beginnings, when we were still strategically planning I-act, we wanted the “book” to be present and available. Thus, publishing has been integrated into the programmes of the Creative Forum.
Our approach, therefore, was to translate and print theatre texts, for they are the founding element in the experience of the theatre performances themselves. Moreover, the act of translating and publishing those texts coming from other cultures is one of the major values of knowledge exchange that supports the theatre movement in Egypt. In the previous editions of the Forum, we translated and published many plays written by different playwrights who come from different backgrounds: local, regional and international.