ASHTAR International Youth Theatre Festival – Ultra-Art focuses on giving youth artists the space to organise and work for social change through the theatre. They have an international platform that develops and promotes young participants’ theatre skills and enhances solidarity.
Who is participating from Sweden?
Which activities form part of the project?
1. Active participation in “Ultra Art” the Ashtar International Youth Theatre Festival 2022
ASHTAR is an award winning theatre company. The first theatre training organization for youth in Palestine established in 1991. ASHTAR’s experience is built over three artistic pillars; Youth Theatre, Social Theatre, and Professional Theatre.
ASHTAR aims to empower young women and men in cities, villages, and refugee camps, in urban and remote areas in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley. It introduces new ideas and perspectives of social change, while developing the skills and technical capacities of young theatre students and professionals, providing them a vital space for innovation and creativity.
AIYTF, is the result of long years of cultural networking with the international theatre world. AIYTF, was first created in 2012, and it takes place every other year. It was launched after touring with “The Gaza Monologues” around the world. AIYTF, is also about ASHTAR’s pedagogical approach towards youth theatre formation.Theatre training for youth is a tool to enhance their creativity and provide them with new possibilities and engage them in the process of self-awareness, identity assertion and social change. Therefore, it is vital to give them a platform to allow them to feel that they have ownership over their life. Help them experience decision making, and invest in their professional relationships. This is why young people are at the centre stage, in the planning, implementation and evaluation process of the festival.
The festival aims this year to give youth a free platform to express their artistic potential and their mission towards the importance of freedom of speech, the use of art as a human right, and to explore their ideas and vision in a safe space. As well as to question the political, economic and social situation in public, in order to pave a way towards a new artistic horizon and social change.
The festival will host fourteen performances, a conference on ‘Freedom of Speech’, daily workshops and different social events, and it will end with a performance parade in the streets of Ramallah. The festival will host ten local theatre companies and youth groups in addition to six internationally recognized theatre companies from the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Egypt, Romania, Pakistan and the United States. They will perform and conduct workshops.
In addition to participating in the conferences and activities, Teater Agrell will perform in Ramallah for the local and international audiences.
2. Time to share
PeaceWorks will include the theatre strategies learned in our work in Sweden and internationally.