Change of venue for Rafi Peer Festival


Ali Usman July 25, 2010

LAHORE: Faizan Peerzada, the creative director of the Youth Performing Arts Festival of the Rafi Peer Theatre Group disclosed Sunday that the festival will not be held at the Lahore Art Council or the Peeru’s Café.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Faizan Peerzada said students mostly from the Lahore University of Managements Sciences (LUMS), the National College of Arts (NCA), University of Engineering and Technology (UET), the Beacon House National University (BNU) and the Lahore Grammar School, who have been participating every year, will organise and hold plays at their own campuses.

“No students from outside Lahore will participate and no events will be held at the Lahore Art Council or the Peeru’s Café due to security reasons,” he said.

He said final dates of performances in connection with the festival will be announced in August.

“In November,” he said, “footage from previous festivals will be aired on different TV channels.”

Simple story, a Rafi Peer Theatre Group production, will be performed in Oslo, told Faizan.

The production team, along with the crew and the cast, will leave for Norway on August 3.

Emphasising the importance of the Oslo Festival, Faizan said the three-day festival is the biggest in Norway. He said more than 300,000 people attend it every year.

Artists from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Britain, Turkey, Vietnam and some Arab countries are likely to participate this year, he said.

About his job at the festival, he said he will finalise the design for the stage.

In October, the theatre group will participate in the annual Sanjh festival to be held in Amritsar.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 26th, 2010.

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