[caption id="attachment_489" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="The festival....By: Mihna al-Shamari"][/caption] Mihna al-Shamari School Theater Festival started from Kirkuk which ends on April 2. This event which began on March 27 is managed Education Ministry-Kirkuk Public Education Department as well as School Activities. Seven educational departments are part of this festivity, Kirkuk, First Rasafa, First Karkh, Anbar, Misan, Wasit and Karbala. Shan Omer, Managing Director of Kirkuk Education Dept. told Kirkuk now, "Kirkuk's theatre has been renowned for along time. It had a great influence in iraq in 50th and 60th of 20th century. School theatre is marked as best type of theatre." According to one of the players, the aim is to get rid of violence and integrate different factions of Iraq.