The National Academy of Performing Arts brings back the sixth edition of International Performing Arts festivals. The three-week festival starts on March 12 and runs through March 31, 2019 and will feature artists from not just Pakistan, but from around the world.
The festival will be attended by groups from Italy, Sri Lanka, Australia, Italy, Iran and Germany, accompanied by talented local performers. A variety of local plays in Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi and Balochi will also be performed.
Some of the theatre performances include “Mureed-e-Shak” which is an Urdu adaptation of Shakespeare’s play “The Winter’s Tale”, Raaz-o-Niaz/Open, and Court Martial; a play that manifests South Asian conventional class system.
There are performances in regional languages as well, including an Urdu play “Heer” which retells the classical Heer Ranjha tale manifesting feminism. “Bari”, “Jinney Lahore Naheen Vvikheya” by Tahreek-e-Niswa, “Dottok-e-Lug” which is a Balochi adaptation of a Norwegian play “The Dollhouse” by Henrik Ibsen.
Other international plays include an Iranian romantic play “Some days ago”, a German-Pakistan collaboration “The Play List”, and a French satire “Oh My Sweet Land”, “Mad in Italy” all the way from Italy.
“Wahala” will also be a part of the festival presented by Natanda Dance theater company from Sri Lanka.
A musical performance by “Sounds of Kolachi” collaborated with Italian musicians is ready to perform too, connecting Shah Abdul Latif’s poetry with that of Dante Alighieri’s.
Tickets to the shows are available at NAPA, Agha’s, and online at bookitnow.pk. For adults, tickets are for Rs.600, whereas for students it costs Rs.300.