Egypt: Three-day conference on theatre and censorship


Articles and brief reports from a Cairo conference on theatre and censorship which was organised by The National Centre of Theatre, Music and Popular Arts on 23-27 May 2015.

“The discussion proved to be intense and emotional from the beginning, illustrating how hard it is to discuss a complex issue and ask questions which demand unsettling conversations.”

» Ahram Online – 25 May 2015:
Cairo conference on theatre and censorship kicks off with stormy debate
“First day of the conference saw sharp exchanges of views by those opposed to and those who support censorship practices”
By Dalia Basiouny

« Ahram Online – 21 May 2015:
PROGRAMME: ‘Censorship and Theatre’ conference
“Over three days, researchers and theatre professionals will share their insights about several aspects of censorship and its resistance”

“The conference comes in an atmosphere of increasing censoriousness: The montly Al-Fann Midan festival seems permanently stopped, and book seizures, burnings, and bannings have taken on a larger role in the public consciousness, particularly with regard to books that have any apparent Muslim Brotherhood tie or those like Walls of Freedom that seem to “instigate revolt.”
But positively, the conference program brings together a wide range of viewpoints, including the Head of the Censorship Directorate, critics, researchers, and theatre professionals from Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, the US, the UAE, Germany, and Sudan.”

» Arabic Litterature – 26 May 2015:
‘When It Comes To Issues of…Censorship, the Answer is Still Tunisia!’
A three-day conference on “Theatre and Censorship” — organized by Egypt’s National Centre of Theatre, Music and Popular Arts — wraps up today



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