Germany, Iran discuss expansion of ties on Fajr theater festival

July 13, 2018

TEHRAN – The expansion of relations at the Fajr International Theater Festival was discussed in a meeting between the organizers and the first secretary and director of the Cultural Section of the German Embassy, Justus Kemper, in Tehran on Wednesday.

The director of Iran’s Dramatic Arts Center, Shahram Karami, and the secretary of the 37th Fajr International Theater Festival, Nader Borhani Marand, attended the meeting, the center announced in a press release on Thursday.

Kemper asked if Iran would have difficulties in organizing the festival due to its current economic climate.

“There are economic troubles at all levels in the country, but it doesn’t mean we are unable to host great works,” Borhani Marand said.

“We prefer works of high quality and appropriate to our culture,” he noted and expressed his hope that the foreign embassies in Tehran would encourage great troupes to participate in the festival, which will take place in Tehran during January 2019.

“We don’t have any concern about the country’s economic and political problems,” noted Karami.

“We have learned how to deal with this situation and despite current conditions, I hope we will organize a great festival,” he added.

Kemper pointed to those German troupes that have participated in the Fajr festival since 2014 when he began his mission in Tehran and expressed his hope that more of the various theatrical troupes from Germany could attend the festival, which is organized every year to celebrate the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

Photo: The first secretary and director of the Cultural Section of the German Embassy, Justus Kemper (R), meets the organizers of the Fajr International Theater Festival in Tehran on July 11, 2018.

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