The theme of this year’s Festival aims at celebrating innovation in theatre and dance -drama over the last 100 years. With the development of both technical and artistic aspects, each has served to enlarge and recreate the other; experiments in the spheres of lighting and sound etc., have broadened not only artistic possibilities in theatre itself, but also furthered and strengthened artistic vision all over the world.


It isthis sense of vision that RPTW has endeavored to nature over the previous seven Festivals. Not only has local participation remained enthusiastic and committed to the cause of performing arts in the country, but also international participation has given audiences the opportunity to savour world class theatre. The underlying aim of the Festival is not to provide merely entertainement, infact the spirit of the Festival seek to develop the aesthetic inclination of theare goers and educate it to a better class of theatre.
Perhaps most importantly for RPTW, it is the desire to reincarnate our diverse cultural and artistic heritage that has been the driving force behind the last seven festivals. We have a long and especially rich tradition of performing arts, be it theatre or music or puppetry, and it is for us to recreate our cultural niche in the world.


A temporary Museum had exhibit puppets from more than 20 countries around the world. It had have a “miniature theatre” showing puppets with lighting and backdrop setups. These comprise of about 15 installtions of puppets in the actual atmosphere of puppet theatre performances. As in the past puppets will also be displayed without their dramatic presence.
Tere was an exhibition of masks “Face to Face”. This exhibition was a collaboration between the Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop and Sim Sim. The idea of this exhibition is to involve resident painters of Lahore to paint their own expressions on the masks developed by Faizaan Peerzada. This will reflect their own perspectives on theatre expression while paying tribute to the 1500 years of Lahore’s spirit of creativity.

Besides this an exhibition of paintings by children was on display. This exhibition was a result of the National competition held recently by UCAF, an organization dedicated to Child Art and visual learning globally. Another important aspect of this exhibition was the Mural, which was also created by the children jointly, and depicts a large size map of Pakistan.
Also on exhibit was a collection of Faizaan Peerzada’s murals, depicting deal with large size faces, Peerzada’s most recent works in acrylics. Besides the 20 murals, Faizaan’s latest mural was also on display which was created in 30 minutes with live music at his last live painting exhibition held at the Alliance Francaise Lahore, recently.

FOREIGN GROUPS
Theatre Tanto
Keith Preston
Portrait Productions
Egyptian National Theatre
Theatre Fiasko
Euro Theatre Central Bonn
Ms. Marjan Zameni
Sarwanam
Dagyaw Theatre & Dance Company
Ekaterinburg State Drama Company
Compagnie Drift
Da Motus
Markus Zohner Theatre Compagnie
Bambalina Titteles
W.N.T. Productions
Sri Lankan Dance Troupe

Austria
Australia
England
Egypt
Finland
Germany
Iran
Nepal
Philippines
Russia
Switzerland
Switzerland
Switzerland
Spain
South Africa
Sri Lanka


LOCAL GROUPS

Sanjah Theatre Group
Karachi Drama Circle
Tehrik-e-Niswan
Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop
Ajoka Theatre
Alliance Francaise Theatre Workshop
Punjab Lok Rehas
Dastaan Drama Company
the Puppeteers NCA
Mime Club of NCA
Punjab University (Fine Arts Department)
Lahore College of Arts & Sciences
Backyard Productions
University college Lahore
Fashi-Ur-Rehman (Choreographer)
Nighat Chaudhry (Choreographer)
Sheema Kermani (Choreographer)