22.06.2020

international theater and educational forum Nowruz
What theatre and educational Nowruz gain and lose from online format 
More than 700 participants from 33 regions, 135 hours of classes — the organizers of Nowruz forum summed up the results

On June 18, the Galiaskar Kamal Tatar Academic Theatre hosted a round table where the organizers and participants summed up the results of the 6th international theater and educational forum Nowruz. The impressions from the ten-day online marathon of theatre practices, lectures and collective creativity were emotionally rich.

The forum organisers were the first to speak at the round table discussion. Chief Director of the Kamal Tatar Academic Theatre, Artistic Director of the forum Farid Bikchantayev. If he and the director of the festival, Ilfir Yakupov, who also moderated the meeting, were in the audience, then all the other participants — and there were more than 200 of them — went to ZOOM, the broadcast was displayed on the screen above the stage.

A year ago, Ilfir, Yury Alshits and I sat and developed an online training programme. So it happened that the new format turned out to be just necessary. Naturally, any undertaking is accompanied by doubts and fears, but I believe that the forum was successful — yes, in a different format, yes, in a closed space. If earlier the closing ceremony was held in the foyer of our theatre, with raising glasses and tears, today I would like to congratulate the participants not on the closing but on the opening of the festival! Because the new format has opened up new opportunities and spaces for us to enter," Farid Bikchantayev said. 

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