Portugal's Almada theatre festival kicks off

Ascanio Celestini and 'Sardinian masks' in line-up

04 July, 13:37

    (ANSAmed) - LISBON, 04 LUG - The 39th edition of Portugal's Festival de Almada was set to begin on Monday.

    The festival is the largest one focusing on theatre in Portugal. It will open in the evening with a concert of young pupils from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, which was founded in 2010 by Ahmad Sarmast to enable young boys and girls to study music.

    After fleeing Afghanistan following the Taliban's takeover of the country in August 2021, about a hundred students were welcomed to Portugal in December and integrated into the courses of the Lisbon Conservatory.

    In recent days, a government plan to redistribute the students to other regions of the country pushed them to protest.

    The Almada performances will continue until July 18 and will include the participation of many Portuguese and international performers - especially from Europe but also from Africa and America,.

    Italy - in part thanks to official support from the Italian Institute of Culture in Lisbon - will be represented by Ascanio Celestini with his monologue 'Museo Pasolini' in honor of the birth of the poet and filmmaker, which will be staged July 7, 8 and 9.

    There will however also be other Italian contributions to the festival, from Selvagem ('wild') - a pièce by Portugal's Marco Martins and Patrícia Portela on the ritual use of masks inspired by an idea by Italy's Renzo Barsotti, who is co-producing it with the Teatro di Sardegna.

    There will also be other forms of participation in events held in parallel, such as by the musician Donatello Brida and the director Giacomo Scalisi, who will be staging a musical fable of African inspiration, Milho por Peixe ('Corn for Fish').

    The closing event of the festival will be Hokuspocus, a show by the Berlin-based theatre company Familie Flöz. (ANSAmed).

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