The International Isis Festival: A Celebration of Women’s Theatre

Isis, the first International Festival for Women’s Theater is currently taking place now until the 21st of September. As its icon and symbolic muse, organizers chose the Ancient Egyptian Goddess of fertility, ‘Isis’ as the festival’s name and symbol.

The International Isis Festival for Women’s Theater

In a statement, the director of the International Isis Festival for Women’s Theater, Rasha Abdel Moneim, explained the choice of this symbol. Firstly, they picked the name precisely because of the goddess Isis’s role in ancient Egyptian mythology. Going on to explain how that role relates to all women. As a strong role model for Egyptian women and women across cultures, Isis drove darkness out of her homeland.

The festival for women’s theater is held annually. Hence, it mainly focuses on showcasing theater performances, productions and workshops that discuss women’s issues.

Furthermore, it discusses how their role reflects on communal issues and the international sociopolitical sphere. Surpassing gender and borders, the festival welcomes any theatrical performance that reflects women in their creativity, struggles, impact, strength, and wide range of experiences.

The festival kicks off under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture. Legendary actress Sawsan Badr is going to be the honorary president of the first rendition of this festival.

For the festival’s schedule, click here.

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