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Camp at IMPACT 15 Cancelled After Visas Refused
Due to lack of visas from the Canadian government, we have been forced to cancel Camp at IMPACT 15. The show is about two characters seeking refuge from violence, pain and death in their country.
Performed by the National Theatre Company of Iraq, Camp was scheduled to run on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 at The Registry Theatre in Kitchener.
We hope to hold a forum at venue, including a video conference call with the artists in Iraq, at the scheduled show time of 5pm on Saturday September 26th. We will post updates when this is confirmed.
The National Theatre Company of Iraq has been waiting for visas for weeks. As of today, Friday, September 18, they have not been granted by the nearest Canadian embassy - in Jordan.
In the past we have held many international shows, including from China, Colombia, Palestine and Lebanon at IMPACT.
"Shouldn't we ask ourselves why a group of artists who are all well established, would not be allowed to come participate in a theatre festival?" said Majdi Bou-Matar, Artistic Director of MT Space. "And they're not even given the courtesy to reply to them in a timely manner."