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British Embassy denies visa to Iranian theater troupe

Source: Mehr News Agency

The British Embassy in Tehran has refused to issue a visa for an Iranian troupe, which wanted to take part in the Contacting the World (CTW) Festival in Manchester from July 19 to 25. Iran's 84theater under the supervision of director Ali-Akbar Alizadeh was due to stage "Magic Highland" in collaboration with a troupe from Liverpool at the festival.

"The British Embassy did not cooperate with us and denied a visa to our troupe. They not only insulted us but their own festival which is among the world's most authentic events," he told the Persian service of ISNA.

"We were told we cannot travel to England when we applied for a visa. All our documents were in order but we were told that there is no guarantee that we would be able to return to Iran. They even complained about the invitation given to us by the festival organizers," he added.

This is while the festival's website reads on the first page, "For one week only, young people from Jamaica, Iran, South Africa, Indonesia, India, USA, Switzerland, Denmark, Amsterdam and England will come together in Manchester as part of a unique festival to celebrate a year of communicating, exchange and extraordinary theater making."

The website also gives details of the line up for CTW 2010 which includes 12 companies from around the world among which Iran 84theater is listed.

Alizadeh further explained that several troupes from different countries would be divided in two to work with each other. "The Liverpool troupe which was to be Iran's counterpart will surely face problems in their performance without our troupe."

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