Exclusive Story: Somalia’s National Theatre back to life after 21years of closure. Since the overthrow Honourable Mohamed Siad Barre

Exclusive Story: Somalia’s National Theatre back to life after 21years of closure. Since the overthrow Honourable Mohamed Siad Barre

Mogadishu : Somalia | Mar 19, 2012 at 7:19 PM PDT
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War-riven Somalia's national theatre reopens after 21 years

All roads in Mogadishu will today lead to the Somali National Theatre where a grand performance will be held for the first time since Somalia plunged into chaos early in 1990s.The performance which will include a highly awaited local Play dubbed “Dardaaran Waalid” which literally translates to “Parent’s Advice” will be presented today by the Waberi brand and four other groups of Somali artists and performers inside the long-time forgotten National Theatre after 21 years of closure.The play “Dardaaran Waalid” which has been worked on for three months will be aired live by some of leading Somali and international TV channels including the international news agency, Al-Jazeera’s live programs department.Apart from the play, the show will also constitute various performances including songs, traditional dance, music and comedy.Somali government officials are expected to attend today’s performance which will also be attended by hundreds of locals in Mogadishu.The historical re-opening of the National Theater comes days after the Somali president Sharif Sheikh Ahmed assured Somali artists and performers who lost everything after the collapse of the central government in 1991 that the National Theater will be fully functional as part of his government’s effort to revive all public institutions in the country. Somalia has been without a fully functioning since 1991 Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre central government Honourable Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown by a coalition of armed factions motivated by clan hostilities.

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