Iran’s 17th Festival of Ritual and Traditional Plays has kicked off in the capital, Tehran, hosting troupes from across the country.
The opening ceremony of the event was held at the Mahak Hospital and Rehabilitation Complex, which is dedicated to helping Iranian children suffering from cancer.
“We are very happy to launch the 17th Festival of Ritual and Traditional Plays at Mahak hospital,” said festival secretary Davoud Fahali-Beigi. “We pray to God for the well-being of all children who are under treatment. We are their messengers of happiness.”
During the event, participating artists and performers visited different sections of the hospital and performed theatrical pieces for the children there.
This year’s festival hosts stage and street theater troupes from different cities across Iran. Theater lovers will also get the chance to attend the 5th International Seminar on Ritual and Traditional Plays on the sidelines of the annual event.
Lecturers and researchers from different countries, including Iran, Afghanistan, Belgium, India, Indonesia, Poland, Finland and Austria will attend the seminar. They will discuss traditional and ritual theater in their countries and hold workshops during the 3-day seminar.
The 17th edition of Iran’s Festival of Ritual and Traditional Plays kicked off on August 26 and will run until September 1.