The 12th edition of Marivan International Street Theatre Festival was opened in Marivan County in western Iran on Saturday, September 9.

The secretary of the 12th Marivan International Street Theatre Festival, Fateh Badparva says the event plays host to foreign groups form six countries.

According to a Farsi report by the Mehr News Agency, among the foreign plays to be performed by the six groups in this edition of the fest are ‘Deux Secondes’ (Two Seconds) from France written and directed by Amandine Barillon and ‘The Seagull’ from Ukraine written by well-known Russian playwright and short story writer, Anton Chekhov, directed by Laroslav Fedoryshyn.

Badparva listed other foreign plays to be staged in the fest as ‘Instead of Fish’ from Iraq written and directed by Hunar Taher, ‘The Crazy Clown’ from Spain directed by Wilson Hernando Novoa Gallego, ‘Lord of the Clean’ from Brazil written and directed by Héctor López Girondo and ‘The Garden of Dreams’ from Azerbaijan written and directed by Parviz Bashardust and Imam Hasanov, respectively.

In addition to domestic media, 20 foreign news agency have voiced willingness to cover the event.

The festival was inaugurated with a carnival, and will be open to visitors until September 13 in Marivan Country in Kurdistan Province, western Iran.

At the 2006 census, the population of Marivan was 91,664, in 22,440 families.

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