Host and partners

Riksteatern – Swedish National Touring Theatre:
Riksteatern is a professional theatre, owned by 42,000 members organized in more than 230 associations. We recognize the link between the local and the global and strive to be an arena where they both can meet. We want to create mental juxtapositions in many languages to get you thinking and feeling.

Riksteatern is a non-governmental organization. There is a local Riksteater association in almost every municipality. In the course of one year, 1.2 million people experience some form of dramatic art thanks to Riksteatern.


Al Madina Theatre:
Founded by Nidal Al Achkar in 1994, Al Madina Theatre developed into the Al Madina Theatre Association for Arts and Culture in March 2005. Since the Lebanese government does not have a system of subvention, the Al Madina Theatre Association for Arts and Culture was founded on private and institutional donations from the Lebanese and Arab world as a non-profit Association. Since 2005 the theatre has its venue in a historic cinema in Beirut. Saroulla Cinema, built in the late sixties, was abandoned during the entire period of the Lebanese civil war and is now totally renovated.

Al Madina Theatre aims to promote dialogue and to create a space of free expression for all issues facing the Lebanese and Arab societies. It is a multidisciplinary platform bringing together artists, writers and intellectuals to present their work. In addition to plays and performances, Al Madina Theatre organizes exhibitions, screens movies (cinéclub), and hosts cultural events such as conferences, seminars, lectures, book signatures, workshops, etc.

Since a couple of years, Al Madina has a group of young people attached to the theatre. They have been very active and have toured several productions. All the youngsters are students with dreams and visions of being able to work within the stage art. The aim is to form an ensemble that will focus on children and youngsters, to work with “educational theatre” and the questions concerning human rights, with the theatre as a tool. The ambition is to give performances in refugee camps in Lebanon.


Al Harah Theatre:
Al-Harah Theater, established in 2005, is a non-profit organization based in Beit Jala, Bethlehem. The name Al-Harah , “The Neighbourghood”, was choosen because it represents a place that is both intimate and full of people, a place full of relationships between both young and old, men and women.

The vision: Al-Harah Theater aims to produce theatre that is well crafted yet moving, challenging yet accessible and, essentially, honest. We believe that theatre that has the potential to change the lives of those who make it and those who watch it. Our mission is to promote a high dramatic standard whilst remaining accessible, and through both our performances and our educational work we hope to bring compelling stories, in one of the last uncensored spaces, to audiences throughout Palestine, the Arab world and beyond.

Through producing and promoting theatre arts in Palestine, we are assisting in building and maintaining a civil society that emphasizes human rights, democracy and pluralism.

Al Harah Theatre’s goals:

  • To develop the local, Palestinian and Arab theatre movement.
  • To organize and conduct theatre workshops and training programs.
  • To develop playwriting and scripting of creative texts in Palestine.
  • To encourage and facilitate the incorporation of theatre education into Palestinian curricula.
  • To build a network with other theatre groups in Palestine, the Middle East and internationally.
  • To reach audiences on local, regional, and global levels, by producing performances for all age groups and social backgrounds.
  • To create and maintain a motivational system for al-Harah Team, which will also attract new members


Other partners:

Södra teatern
Writers’ Guild of Norway
Svensk teaterunion – Swedish ITI
Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts