Abu Dhabi, Lebanon:

The first session of the European Theater Festival in Lebanon began on the stage of the city in Beirut with the British show (my name Rachel Corrie) about the story of the American human rights activist who died under an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza in 2003.

For 80 minutes, Rachel Corrie's biography was embodied in a monodrama by Claire Latham and directed by Rachel Valentine Smith, director of the British Action Group.

The play is based on material compiled by British actor and director Alan Rickman and British journalist Katharine Vainer of Korean journals and e-mails and edited in a book entitled My Name Rachel Corrie.

(Rachel Corrie) sits on a sofa in the middle of the stage to raise questions about the concerns of an opposing civil society and the role of the individual and activist in major issues decided by the world.

Before the opening of the festival, Nidal al-Ashqar, who initiated the festival, which she hopes to hold regularly every year, told reporters

"These bridges have always existed between us and Europe over the years and across the basin of the Mediterranean, they exist and we will continue to build them, they come to us and we go for them."

Ashkar says:

 The festival this year includes seven countries, including Lebanon as a beginning, to be expanded next year to include more than ten countries and languages ​​ranging from foreign and Arab.

The festival will feature performances from Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Denmark and Italy.

Among the performances of the festival is the play "The Sea Die too", a Spanish work on the story of the Spanish poet, playwright and painter Federico Garcia Lorca recounting the last hours that Lorca spent before he was executed for his revolutionary and avant-garde ideas. The film will be directed by Antoine Ashkar and his assistant, Roy Hassami, and will be presented in Arabic.

Lebanon and Italy are participating in the play "Sergio Arlicino" by the Italian playwright Carlo Goldini and Lebanese by Joe Kadih, a comedian.

The reality of migration and displacement is also reflected in a Danish play entitled "Gharib" produced by the Danish "Rapolites", a non-profit organization. This play tells the story of two young refugees who migrated to a European country and have a sense of alienation from the moment of arrival.

The Lebanese play will be the struggle of the blond in a representative performance of the song entitled "Mesh of Time" written and directed by Al-Ashqar accompanied by the music and singing of Khaled Al-Abdullah and the representation of a number of Lebanese representatives, including Mohammed Aqil and Nabil Al-Ahmar and Ibrahim Aqil.

This play tells the stories of characters who spent the childhood of Nidal al-Ashqar in the village where she grew up and was "the stage of her first stage."

The European Union contributes to supporting the festival through the Ambassador of the Union in Lebanon Christina Larsen and a number of European cultural centers in Beirut, which worked to bring theatrical performances and Arabization of some of them.

The festival runs until October 30.

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