Hakawy International Arts Festival for Children gears up for its 11th edition

Ahram Online , Monday 11 Oct 2021

The 11th edition of the Hakawy International Arts Festival for Children will be returning to Cairo after a year-long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic on 2 November.

Hakawy Int l Arts Festival for Children
Hakawy Int l Arts Festival for Children

Organised by the AFAC Arts Centre, the festival will take place across three Egyptian governorates: In Cairo between 2 and 6 November in Tahrir Cultural Centre, in Alexandria on 2 November at the French Institute, and in Minya on 8 and 9 November at the Jesuit Cultural Centre.

Founded in 2011 by Mohamed El-Ghawy — who also founded the AFCA Arts Centre — each year, Hakawy “brings international and local performances designed for children from around the world and presents them in a vibrant one-week-long festival with the aim of educating and entertaining Egyptian children and their families through arts and culture,” reads the festival’s press release.

Among the upcoming edition’s highlights is an interactive performance for children titled ‘Archipel’ by ACTA company from France that explores the musicality of early childhood.

Aside from the festival’s focus on early childhood, it will also present nine Egyptian performances in different art forms: Object theatre, physical theatre, interactive theatre, music and singing, science and magic, and storytelling.

The plays include ‘The Chamber of Secrets’ by Marina Girgis; ‘Gimme, Please!’, which is an Egyptian remount by AFCA in cooperation with Paperboats, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Alliance Theatre; ‘Forgotten Tale.. Animals’ Lawsuit Against Humanity’ by ACT; and ‘Sohbet Al-Semsemya’.

This will be topped with ‘Stories on Four Wheels’ and the mobile library of Misr El Kheir.

The festival will also feature a music day with the choir of the Association of Upper Egypt for Education and Development and Al-Nour Wi Al-Amal Orchestra for blind female musicians.

Additionally, the autism spectrum will be addressed with special theatre activities targeting young autistic children; the first of these kinds of creative interactive experience to be held in Egypt.

Lastly, the AFCA Arts School out of Cairo will showcase their talents in a performance titled ‘Stories from Al-Minya.’

The festival’s organisers are yet to reveal the programme’s details.

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