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The opening of the Alter Art Interregional Festival of student, independent and youth theatres will take place on November 25 at Lobachevsky University.

At 11:30, spectators and guests of the festival will watch the mono-performance "Animal Dialogue" (based on the play by Patrick Besson) performed by the actors of the Puppet Theatre "Mabu" (Nizhny Novgorod) under the direction of Sergei Mavrin. "Animal Dialogue" is a story about a lonely man who lives in an empty flat and is struggling to make a choice and change his life.

At 15:00, the confession play "Do Fish Sleep?" based on the play by Jens Raschke will be offered to the viewers. The play will be directed by Oksana Pogrebnyak. The Chamber Theatre of Cheboksary (Chuvashia) will present to the audience a story of children's spontaneity, openness, pain and hope through the eyes of a little girl.

At 18.30, the opening ceremony of the festival will take place in the assembly hall of Lobachevsky University (23 Gagarin Ave., build. 2, 3rd floor). It will include a programme presented by the "MirLits" theatre (Moscow). The best Moscow mimes, clowns and artists, regular participants in popular TV humour programmes will give viewers a fabulous show. More information about the festival programme can be found in the group of the festival "VKontakte".

The Alter Art interregional festival of student, independent and youth theatres is held in Nizhny Novgorod from October 16 to November 28 both online and offline. The festival is timed to coincide with the 800th anniversary of Nizhny Novgorod and with the Year of Science and Technology in Russia. It is organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Nizhny Novgorod region and Lobachevsky University with the support of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs. The festival aims to identify talented performers, actors and directors in the field of theatre who contribute to the popularisation of this area of art in society, to develop student, youth and independent theatres, and bring together creative young people to address issues of communication in the theatre space.