Closed Alive & kicking: 2nd Students Theater Festival in Kabul acclaimed by crowds

An aid project by M. Gerner in Kabul, Afghanistan

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M. Gerner (Project Manager)

M. Gerner
Dear friends,
This year's 2nd annual Kabul Students Theater Festival, held from Nov. 8th-11th
was a great success. The team of Fine Arts Faculty at Kabul university did a great job.
Eleven plays were on stage this year, for which your donation was invested successfully.
Each of the plays turned out to be a highlight, with around 350 mostly young and enthusiastic spectators every day in the theater hall of Kabul university. The festival week not only reflected the vibrant state of current Afghan theater art. It was also entertaining and - most of all - an opportunity to spread optimism at a time where many Afghan youth think of leaving the country. Click on the main picture on this page to see more and discover yourself how Afghan culture is alive and kicking.
Thanks to all of you who made this unique festival week possible! See you back next year,
inshallah ;-)
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Afghan-Students-Theatre-Festival-1601729056708730/

Martin Gerner, ARD correspondent in cooperation with Fine Arts Faculty of Kabul University, De Nationale Scene/Norway, Goethe Institute Kabul

(Background)
- TTHE STUDENT'S THEATER FESTIVAL
"WE - theatre actors, directors and teachers in Afghanistan - have roots that go back to the 1980s and that have regrown after 2001 as a result of the international intervention. But in December 2014, as the international community withdrew, many achievements were lost when a heavy bomb exploded during a Theatrical Performance in Esteqlal High School. This terrorist act caused death and fear, with many theatrical groups and acitivities forced to slow down or close.

- REBUILD THEATER IN AFGHANISTAN
YOUR DONATION can help rebuild theatre in Afghanistan and regain the artistic values of a young generation. Though still under shock, the Theatre Department of Kabul University shortly after the terror act in late 2014 started an annual festival. This festival gives birth to young theatre artists and brings students to create their own ensembles. The first festival was held in Kabul University shortly afterwards. It brings together student groups who work on joint performances and bring back artistic values that were threatened to disappear due to the attack. In founding the Student's festival, we want to withstand the negative energy and impact brought in by the extremists.

-DONATE for the FUTURE OF AFGHAN THEATER
WE, the Theatre Department of Kabul University, believe that the Festival for Students has the power to rebuild theatre in Afghanistan. Our young generation has the energy, potential and knowledge to recreate what is at risk of being lost. To regrow theatre through student festivals, we need financial support. Your pledge helps theatre in Afghanistan regrow and take new roots. Your contribution will help our young artists create a path for creativity and help rebuild theatre in Afghanistan. Their enthusiasm and excitement, featuring in the pictures below, must live on! "


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Location: Kabul, Afghanistan

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  • Teachers and students rehearsing in a private venue in Kabul (photo: Martin Gerner / all rights reserved)

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  • Suspicious: A couple who do not trust each other. A wife that feels her husband is hiding her an affair... (photo: Martin Gerner / all rights reserved)

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  • A huge crowd of around 350 spectators made the festival a vibrant proof of the current state of Afghan theater art (photo: Martin Gerner / all rights reserved)

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  • Presence of Air / A fake friendship in a unjust system of justice (photo: Martin Gerner / all rights reserved)

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  • Students rehearsing at Kabul's Fine Arts Faculty (photo: Martin Gerner / all rights reserved)

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  • Eye to Eye / An unwell ruler thinks to do justice by pulling of people's eyes (photo: Martin Gerner / all rights reserved)

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  • Opening Ceremony (photo: Martin Gerner / all rights reserved)

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  • Presence of Air / A fake friendship in a unjust system of justice (photo: Martin Gerner / all rights reserved)

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  • Clothes for Sale / A shopkeeper fools an American Woman in Afghanistan by selling her a robot as a real human (photo: Martin Gerner / all rights reserved)

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