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Here’s how you can donate to LITF 2018

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An image from The Seven Days, a production by East-Voice for Arts, a theatre troupe from Egypt invited to the 2018 Liverpool International Theatre Festival. (East-Voice for Arts)

The Liverpool International Theatre Festival is a small, volunteer-run organization that relies on ticket sales, government grants, corporate sponsorships and individual donations to bring some great international theatre to Nova Scotia every two years.

If you are interested in supporting what we do, please take some time to read the donor letter from Jean Robinson-Dexter, our chairperson.

You can donate in one of two ways: by printing off the form here with Jean’s letter, or by going to the Theatre Nova Scotia donation page, selecting “Liverpool International Theatre Festival” from the drop-down menu and giving whatever you can.

Thank you so much for your support of the festival, and we hope to see you in Liverpool in October!

Liverpool International Theatre Festival announces 2018 lineup

Liverpool International Theatre Festival 2018 lineup

Theatre companies from China, Iran, Wales, Mexico and Liverpool, Nova Scotia, are among the dozen troupes travelling to the Liverpool International Theatre Festival in October.

The lineup for the 2018 Liverpool International Theatre Festival is as diverse as the home countries of the performers.

A dozen theatre troupes from 11 countries representing five continents are expected to participate in this year’s festival from Oct. 18 to 21 at the historic Astor Theatre in Liverpool.

Companies from the Central African Republic, Egypt, Mexico, Nepal, Iran, China, Argentina, Wales, Peru, Bangladesh and Liverpool, Nova Scotia, will be wowing audiences at the 14th biennial festival.

The plays cover a wide range of themes and styles, from a Chinese opera and a study of corruption and loss in Mexico to a Moliere classic from one of Bangladesh’s top theatre companies and more personal plays about family, friendship and identity from Nepal, Iran and from Liverpool’s Winds of Change Dramatic Society. (Here is a brief description of each play.) 

Andrew Bursey and Jon Paterson, the festival’s artistic directors, unveiled the lineup on Thursday.

Jean Robinson-Dexter, chairperson of LITF 2018, says that audiences will be entertained by the eclectic slate of innovative theatre.

“The 2018 festival is going to be a wonderful mix of new troupes representing countries that haven’t been with us before and old friends from troupes that we’re excited to welcome back.  All of them will bring exciting pieces of theatre to our stage.”

The Liverpool International Theatre Festival was founded in 1990 to showcase compelling amateur theatre from around the globe. Since the first festival in 1992, LITF has brought the world to Nova Scotia every two years.

Audiences have unique opportunities to offer feedback directly to the performers in morning-after critiques. Theatre troupes are eligible for various awards during the festival.

Theatre lovers can now buy a full festival pass at a special reduced price for a limited time, at the Astor Theatre by calling 902-354-5250 and through Ticketpro at https://bit.ly/2rcqkeD.

Queens County artist chosen to design LITF ’18 awards

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This is the winning design for the 2018 Liverpool International Theatre Festival awards. It is a stained glass Jester Fish created by Sarah Webber of Mersey Point, Queens County. (Sarah Webber photo)

The board of the Liverpool International Theatre Festival has chosen Queens County artist Sarah Webber to design its 2018 awards.

Sarah grew up in Hants County, drawing, painting, taking photographs and riding horses. 

Since then, she has lived in Quebec, Ontario, and, for the last 21 years, in Queens County.

Over the years, she has continued to paint, draw and photograph, always displaying a keen eye, a meticulous touch and desire to learn new things.

Two years ago she had the opportunity to learn the art of stained glass, and has accepted several commissions of her beautiful and original designs. She has officially moved into her new digs, Rock Bottom Studio, in Mersey Point, Queens Co. She says she is honoured to have been chosen to create this year’s LITF awards.

The awards will be a stained glass Jester Fish mounted on a post fixed in a wooden block. 

Here is a video of Sarah creating the awards. 

The board of directors of the 2018 Liverpool International Theatre Festival called for submissions earlier this year to design the festival’s awards. Artists from around Nova Scotia specializing in various media submitted designs to the competition.

The awards will be presented to participants from around the globe and will serve as a one-of-a-kind Maritime keepsake for each winner.

Ten awards will be given during the festival.