The second technical meeting for the Khalid bin Hamad Youth Theatre Award Festival for National Clubs, Youth Centers and People with Disabilities was held yesterday on Monday, at Muharraq Model Youth Center.
The meeting was attended by Jamal Al Ghailan, the director of the festival, Abdullah Sweid, the Chairman of the Evaluation Committee and Hisham Bukhamas, the Director of the Muharraq Youth Center Model.
The festival will be held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, Honourary President of Bahrain Disabled Sports Federation, organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs in cooperation with the media office of His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa under the slogan #painting_a_smile. The festival comes under the generous initiatives of His Highness in supporting youth in the cultural and humanitarian fields.
Increase of 100% in support
The meeting was attended by representatives of the teams and the festival management. The latest regulatory issues related to the preparation the festival and Accompanying events were explained, especially the increase in the percentage of the support allocated to the participants by 100 per cent.
The management of the festival announced that the scripts for the Accompanying events are to be delivered on July 1 and the evaluation committee will start its work on August 20. The selection will see only 12 teams perform at the festival, while 25 August will set a final date for the qualifiers. The preliminaries will be under Jamal Al Ghailan, director of the festival and the Evaluation Committee headed by Abdullah Sweid.
Age of participants
At the first meeting, the Organizing Committee announced that the eligible age of the participants had been set to a maximum of 35 years. Otherwise, the participation would be honourary, while age does include roles such as the director, the author and other elements that are not related to acting.
This year, the festival includes a number of activities, including the most important of which are the intellectual seminars, conducted by Mr. Yousef Al Hamdan, who will present a seminar titled: The emergence of the youth theater in Bahrain between reality and the horizon; while Mr. Rashid Najem will present a workshop entitled: Do we need theater?; and Mr. Ahmed Jassim Al Jobin whill hold a workshop titled: The role of institutions in supporting the youth theater in Bahrain.
During the first meeting, the Festival’s Organizing Committee announced a significant increase in the sponsorship of participating clubs and centers by 100%. This is in addition to the festival’s allocated prizes, announced as: Encouragement Award BD300, Best Promising Actor Award BD 500, Best Promising Actor Award for Three Individuals BD 600, Best Music Aw