IAPAR International Theatre Festival
IAPAR International Theatre Festival
The International Association for Performing Arts and Research (IAPAR), a network of artists and arts professionals, launched the IAPAR International Theatre Festival in 2016 to give Puneites access to original and stimulating productions from across the world. Keeping the “actor at the centre” is the focus of the festival, which encourages “any kind of dramatic presentation”. The performances include those of full-length and short plays, storytelling and poetry. Masterclasses by senior theatre practitioners, workshops, play readings and a vibrant outreach programme for schools are among the attractions at the annual event.
Over its six editions until date, the IAPAR International Theatre Festival has featured productions and participants from 35 countries. These include nations that rarely bring works to India such as Belarus, Georgia, Kosovo, Mongolia and Slovenia, to name a few. Adishakti’s Bali, Ninasam Tirugata’s Madhyama Vyayoga, the NSD Repertory Company’s Tajmahal Ka Tender and No License Yet’s The Old Man and The Sea are some of the Indian plays that have been staged at the festival.
The international presentations at the festival have include the Mandragora Circus from Argentina, Gomel Puppet Theatre’s When I’ll Become A Cloud from Belarus, and Poti Valerian Gunia Professional State Theatre’s Pirosmani from Georgia. Theatre actors Ram Gopal Bajaj, Abhiram Bhadkamkar and Geetanjali Kulkarni are among those who have been part of the festival so far.
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The IAPAR festival is a space for creative conversations, interactions and building future collaborations. The warmth and community bonding is something one would look forward to at this festival. To make the most of this festival, here are some suggestions:
-Block the dates of the festival in your calendar.
-Register for the entire Festival Pass. It gives you access to all performances, workshops and any additional activities.
-Spend the entire day in workshops and performances to get an opportunity to interact directly with the guest artists.
How To Get There
How to Reach Pune
1. By Air: Pune is well connected through domestic airlines with the entire country. Lohegaon Airport or Pune Airport is an international airport, located 15 km away from Pune city centre. Visitors can avail of taxi and local bus services from outside the airport to reach their destination.
2. By Rail: Pune Junction Railway Station connects the city with all the prime Indian destinations. There are several mail/express trains and superfast trains linking the city to various Indian destinations in the south, north and west. Some of the prominent trains operating to and from Mumbai are the Deccan Queen and Shatabdi Express, which take around three-and-a-half hours to reach Pune.
3. By Road: Pune enjoys excellent connectivity with neighbouring cities and towns through a well-maintained network of roads. Mumbai (140 km), Ahmadnagar (121 km), Aurangabad (215 km) and Bijapur (275 km) all are well linked to Pune by a number of states and roadways buses. Those driving from Mumbai need to take Mumbai-Pune Expressway route, which takes barely two to three hours to cover a distance of about 150 km.
- Charging booths
- Free drinking water
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. Carry summer clothes to beat the heat in Pune.
2. Sandals, flip flops or sneakers or boots (but make sure they are worn in).
3. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations.
4. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.”
About International Association for Performing Arts and Research (IAPAR)
International Association for Performing Arts and Research (IAPAR)
The International Association for Performing Arts and Research (IAPAR) is a network of artists…
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