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‘15th National Children and Youth Theatre Festival 2024’ begins

Staff Correspondent
24 Feb 2024 19:18:34 | Update: 24 Feb 2024 19:18:34
‘15th National Children and Youth Theatre Festival 2024’ begins
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The 15th edition of the National Children and Youth Theatre Festival began on the premises of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on Friday. BSA and the People's Theatre Association have jointly organised the festival to engage and encourage the young generation towards the craft.
In a grand ceremony, Social Welfare Minister, Dr Dipu Moni inaugurated the nine-day festival at the National Theatre Hall of BSA on Friday.
Addressing the audience, Dipu Moni articulated the essence of the festival, stating, "Through education and innovation in the digital age, we must stride forward, become innovators, and engage in various creative endeavours. We shall strive to be both humane and creative individuals, fostering a civic society that contributes to a global community. Through discussions on literature and culture, we shall integrate creativity."
The festival aims to celebrate cultural diversity and promote artistic expression among the youth. With the participation of 10,000 children and youth, the festival promises a rich tapestry of theatrical performances and cultural presentations.
Reflecting on the festival's significance, Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Khalil Ahmed, and distinguished theatre personality Manchasarathi Ataur Rahman conveyed their admiration for the initiative.
Director General of BSA, Liaquat Ali Lucky said, “Without Bangabandhu (Sheikh Mujibur Rahman) the birth of Bangladesh was not possible. Many conspirators around the world were involved in this. BSA realises all the dreams of Bangabandhu. No one can challenge us, no one can stop us. The first to accompany the honourable Prime Minister’s dreams will be the artists, poets, writers, and foremost, children and youth. They will make Bangladesh a developed and prosperous country.”
Following the speeches, the stage came alive with captivating musical performances by young talents, setting the tone for the cultural extravaganza to follow.
The festival will also feature a series of theatrical productions, including experimental plays, traditional dramas, and musical performances, showcasing the creative prowess of the nation's youth. With performances scheduled across various venues, the festival promises to captivate audiences with its diverse array of artistic expressions.
The festival will run from February 23 to March 3 with a hundred theatrical productions being showcased across four venues of BSA. The event aims to provide a platform for young artists to showcase their talents and contribute to the cultural enrichment of the nation.