At the invitation of the Dramatic Arts Centre of Iran (DAC), Visiting Arts brought a group of six UK producers to the Fadjr Festival from 24-29 January 2009.
Simon Harris – Independent Producer (Cardiff)
Vicky Rutherford – Dance Base (Edinburgh)
Leyla Asadi – Northern Stage (Newcastle)
Peter Stürm – Splitmoon Theatre (London)
Jill Shelley – Barbican Centre (London)
The producers had the opportunity to see shows as guests of the festival and also had time to visit cultural sites in Tehran. They met independently with several companies performing in the festival, and also had networking sessions with both groups of artists involved with the Visiting Arts workshops at the festival.
You can read Simon Harris’ report on the visit at: http://perfectway.wordpress.com/
Their experience at the festival and opinions about the shows was fed back to the Visiting Arts Iran Producers Network at a network meeting on 6 April 2009 at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS.
Image: Molla Nasreddin, a production by Don Quixote Theatre Group (courtesy of Nasim Ahmadpour-Samani)