Weighing delight and dole

Weighing delight and dole 10/09/2015 (Al Ahram – Egypt): Finally, the National Theatre Festival opened on Friday, 4 September, two weeks later than previously planned.Originally, the opening was set for 20 August so that the closing ceremony of the 2-week event would coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Beni Sweif fire, which claimed the lives of over 60 theatre artists and audiences on 5 September 2005. The idea was to turn the opening celebration into a kind of memorial service for the victims of that catastrophe. The delay was caused by the Minister of culture’s incomprehensible dawdling and shilly-shallying over signing the budget, which forced the board of organizers to rethink the opening date.Still keen on marking the 10th anniversary of the Beni Sweif holocaust, the organizers agreed that they could do just as well by shifting the commemoration to the opening ceremony, which was therefore set for 5 September. However, they hit a snag: the big hall at the opera which was to host the opening of the festival was not free on that day; it had been long pre-booked for another event but was free on the 4th…





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