Fujairah International Monodrama Festival: An Exceptional Arabic Cultural Phenomenon
Fujairah International Monodrama Festival is a prestigious gathering and celebration of the theatrical arts that is held in the Emirate of Fujairah once every two years. The Festival is organized by the Fujairah Culture and Media Authority and it aims at establishing the presence of Monodrama in the Arabic theatre in general and in the Emirati theatre in particular, and at contributing to the progress and development of this complicated and fine theatrical genre away from the sparkle of trophies and competitions. It also aims at supporting the young and talented artists who can contribute to its growth.
The festival was the natural outcome of the large and growing interest in theatrical arts in the United Arab Emirates and in Dibba Al Fujairah in particular. The idea was borne out of the enthusiasm of a few members of the Dibba Society for Culture, Arts and Theatre who aspired to make Fujairah more culturally active by hosting an artistic event that is unique, new and contributes to the development of theatrical arts around the world. The founders chose a difficult theatrical genre that the Arab World was lacking at the time: the Monodrama. They presented their proposal to His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, who blessed the idea and gave directives to make it an international festival instead of a local one. Thus, the idea has evolved and the Fujairah International Monodrama Festival was born.