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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

Al Din Theatre to host international festival

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Established in 1994, Oman's Al Din Theatre for Culture and Art has been pushing the boundaries and richness of local theatre. Having received the Royal Order of Merit for Culture, Science, Arts and Literature, second class, and crowned with the Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts, and Literature for the year 2022, the group is anticipated to bring a new era of excitement.


The group is busy these days with a series of preparations as they are planning to host a spectacular international theatre festival right here in the Sultanate of Oman.


Under the banner of "Gathering World in Oman," this international festival beckons theatre enthusiasts from around the globe, promising an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages and discerning tastes.


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From October 22nd to the month's end, the Oman Automobile Association will transform into a hub of artistic innovation, with a dazzling lineup that spans adult theatre, children's productions, and spellbinding street performances.


The upcoming international theatre festival of Al Din Theatre will feature three distinct theatrical styles: adult theatre, kids theatre, and street theatre. It's a tapestry of entertainment woven from the threads of more than 20 countries, with participants donning various hats – actors, guests, and discerning judges of the theatrical tapestry.


Beyond the performances, the festival will unfurl a series of meticulously curated workshops and interactive sessions. These sessions are tailor-made, offering a golden gateway for aspiring artists, young theatre enthusiasts, and street performers to imbibe wisdom from industry luminaries, further nurturing their ardour for the performing arts.


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While the spotlight will undoubtedly be on Oman's burgeoning cultural scene, the festival's overarching mission is to transcend borders. It's a platform that champions artistic expression and fosters profound cultural exchanges. Oman's homegrown talents will be engaging with a global ensemble, bringing the world to their doorstep. Amidst the performances, the festival will serve as a bridge, connecting Oman's heritage with the cultures of the world, and attracting cultural tourists through exhibitions and immersive experiences.


Theatre in Oman often explores themes that resonate with the local audience, including heritage preservation, cultural identity, and contemporary challenges. These narratives draw from Omani history, folklore, and daily life, creating a connection between the performers and their audience.


In recent years, Oman has witnessed a surge in contemporary theatre productions. The Royal Opera House Muscat has played a pivotal role in promoting theatrical arts by hosting international and local performances. Additionally, various independent theatre groups and talented playwrights have emerged, breathing new life into Oman's theatre landscape. Their works often address pertinent social issues, reflecting the changing dynamics of Omani society.


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