“Panorama of Challenge and Creativity” is a book documenting the Iraq National Theater Festival |

Baghdad – The Iraqi Artists Syndicate in Baghdad issued the book “Panorama of Challenge and Creativity” by writer, media and art critic Abdul Alim Al-Banna. With the Arab Theater Authority.

The writer has attended the various activities of the festival since the approval of its organization, as the Secretary-General of the Arab Theater Authority, Emirati writer Ismail Abdullah, signed, on the sidelines of the eleventh session of the Arab Theater Festival in Cairo, an agreement with the head of the Iraqi Artists Syndicate, Dr. Organizing and supporting a series of national theater festivals in many Arab countries where there are no theater festivals for several reasons.

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A comprehensive documentary book that represents an objective equivalent and a comprehensive briefing of all the programs, activities and events of the Iraq National Theater Festival.

The festival faced a large number of various subjective and objective challenges that led to its postponement several times, including the October protests and the Corona pandemic in addition to administrative procedures of a calcified bureaucratic nature. The event represented an effective creative movement in the Iraqi and Arab theater scene, giving Iraqi playwrights the opportunity to present their long-awaited works. .

The book “Panorama of Challenge and Creativity” was presented to him by the head of the Syndicate of Iraqi Artists, Dr. Jabbar Judi, stressing that “holding the festival on this date is a victory for the union in order to consolidate its entity, as it is an independent union concerned with the Iraqi theatrical movement, and it has the right to conclude agreements with Arab organizing bodies in order to Upgrading the artistic movement in Iraq.

This comprehensive documentary book came to be an objective equivalent and a comprehensive briefing of all the main and accompanying festival programs, activities and events and all the details of this exceptional and rare achievement in form and content, as the author tried not to leave any stray or incoming. As far as I know, and if some of the peer publications have stopped at specific aspects of this or that festival, this book has stopped at the finest qualitative details that served as the main lever that illuminates and embodies the aesthetics of the festival’s creative discourse, to constitute a milestone in the indispensable documentation process. It was reported by those concerned and interested, including researchers, scholars, media professionals, and others.

The book is divided into eight chapters and two appendices, one of which is a photographer of the festival’s events and scenes, along with the author’s biography; The writer addressed the beginning of the words of the opening ceremony, which included: the speech of the representative of the President of the Republic of Iraq, the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities, Dr. Abdullah, and the speech of the festival’s president, Dr. Jabbar Jodi.”

The second chapter dealt with the “sessions and banknotes” of the festival’s performances inside and outside the competition, which totaled seventeen performances, which were moderated by a number of prominent critics and well-known artists, and a number of prominent Iraqi theater critics participated in presenting their interventions, who shed light on them in form and content with sober critical readings.

The construction devoted the third chapter to the intellectual axes that formed one of the pillars of the resounding success of the festival, and included: “The Intellectual Forum… Theatre and the City”, “Theatrical Clinic and Self-Building”, “Alternative Theatrical Lighting”, “Characteristics in Alternative Theater”, “Manifestations of the Protest Theatrical Text” In addition to concerts to sign four theatrical books with various contents, issued by the festival with the direct support of the Arab Theater Authority.

The book devoted an entire chapter to the jury’s statement and the announcement of the festival’s prize winners, in addition to the theater critics’ award, while the fifth chapter, titled “They Said at the Festival,” came to monitor many articles written by a selection of Iraqi and Arab theater actors, and included their positive impressions of the festival, Which the author tried to limit most of them as much as he can and the field allows.

The construction, under the title “In theatrical text,” presented the theatrical studies that dealt with theatrical phenomena and visions in their various manifestations, which were published after a special assignment from her book (academic professors, critics and artists) in the “Festival Journal,” which was distinct and different in its form, content and message. Nine daily issues of them were colored from cover to cover to become a “mini-make-up.” Its editorial board was headed by the author Abdel Alim Al-Binaa, who at the same time assumed the presidency of the media committee of the festival.

As for the seventh chapter, it was devoted to “accompanying events” that were distinguished by their quality and diversity, and included: The personal plastic exhibition “Nobody comes.. Nobody is there” by theatrical photographer Salah Al-Qasab, according to what he wrote in the exhibition guide, to represent another aspect of his creativity. He was known Iraqis and Arabs as “the godfather of the image theater in Iraq,” as well as the “Horizon” exhibition by the pioneering plastic artist, Muhammad Hayawi, as well as the Syndicate Summer Theater, which was established and opened in conjunction with the festival, and the monument to “Tishreen Martyrs” by Fadel and Tut.

The author also touched on the book fair organized by the House of Arts and Letters for printing, publishing and distribution within the festival’s activities, with a light on the “daily festival” and its media and cultural function in consolidating the creative and aesthetic discourse of the festival, addressing the role of electronic media, which placed these events at the heart of the theatrical event inside and outside Iraq. .

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Abdul Alim Al-Banaa chronicles the Iraqi theater
Abdul Alim Al-Banaa chronicles the Iraqi theater

Al-Banna concluded his book with “media messages for the festival” that were completed by the media committee to provide a comprehensive picture of all its main and accompanying activities, which were provided to the local, Arab and international media.

The book’s conclusion also contained an appendix that carried number one and included details of the “festival guide,” and another appendix included pictures of its most prominent activities, and the biography of the writer and media figure Abdel Alim Al-Banna, who represented this book another link in his series of documentary publications, including his well-known book “Artistic Papers,” which served as an ontology. Artistic for the creative scene in all its manifestations and manifestations in Iraq.

The first positive reactions and impressions about the book came from the veteran Iraqi journalist Zaid Al-Hilli, who wrote on his personal Facebook page, “whose circumstances did not allow him to follow the performances of the Iraq National Theater Festival, the Sami Abdul Hamid session, it is enough for him to read the book of the dear colleague Abdul Alim Al-Binaa’ Panorama of Challenge and Creativity.” The recently released file is a complete, comprehensive file on the festival, written in a refined style and vision, and with deep mental pleasure stemming from a sound understanding of theatrical art, so you feel that you are living the minutes of the great festival.

He added, “The author has done a favor for the Iraqi theater history by publishing this beautiful book with its design and printing. From an academic criticism of the presentations in white pens.”

The book came in 218 pages of ministerial size and in four colors. It was designed by the artist Abdel Hamid Musa, and it was printed at the University House for Printing, Publishing and Translation at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Baghdad. His signing ceremony took place in conjunction with the celebration of World Theater Day with two other books recently issued by the Iraqi Artists Syndicate, in a cultural evening moderated by theater critic Riad Moussa Sakran, in the presence of a number of stakeholders and those interested in theater, artists, critics and media.