Kerala Theatre Festival ITFoK 2016 From January 10 – 16

The 8th International Theatre Festival of Kerala (ITFoK 2016) will kick off on January 10 at the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi premises in Thrissur. Began in 2008, ITFoK is now one of the major theatre festivals of India. The opening performance will be ‘Shareera,’ contemporary dance from the Chandralekha Group.

The seven day long festival will showcase various sections such as World Theatre, Indian Theatre, Malayalam Theatre, Radio Drama, traditional art forms, Theatre Films and Music Programmes, Events such as Meet-the-Artist and Directors Round Table will be part of the 8th ITFoK.

Sreenath Nair’s production of ‘Mariyamma Natakam’

The performances and auxiliary programmes will be held at six venues including K T Muhammed Smaraka Theatre, Actor Murali Open Air Theatre, Akademi Natyagriham, Akademi campus and Corporation Stadium grounds.

The online registration for the passes for ITFoK 2016 will begin from 11 am on January 2, 2016.

Cultural institutions of the State including Kerala Kalamandalam, Kerala Sahithya Akademi and Kerala Lalithakala Akademi will extend their support to the festival. A group of artists will work on images inspired by the plays presented each day as part of an event coordinated by the Kerala Lalithakala Akademi.

‘Baling’ by Five Arts Centre, Malaysia

Plays from eleven countries including Germany, Japan, Lebanon, Turkey, Malayasia, Belgium, France, Iran and Iraq will be presented at the ITFoK. Indian theatre companies from Chennai, New Delhi and Pune will also be showcased at the festival. Four Malayalam plays will be part of the festival, including Deepan Sivaramm’s stunning theatrical adaptation of O.V. Vijayan’s ‘Khasakinte Ithihasam,’ and Sreenath Nair’s production of ‘Mariyamma Natakam,’

The online registration for the passes for ITFoK 2016 will begin from 11 am on January 2, 2016. The tickets will be available for the public from the Akademi office from 11 am on January 6, 2016. The passes / tickets for those who have made the online registration will be distributed from the Akademi office from January 8, 2016. Tickets will also be available at each venue one hour prior to each show.


Featured Photo: ‘Heavens’ by Zoulak Theatre Company and Cultural Association, Lebanon