International World Theater Day – March 27th

World Theatre Day is an annual event celebrated on March 27th around the globe. It was initiated by the International Theatre Institute (ITI), an organization affiliated with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), in 1961.

The purpose of World Theatre Day is to promote awareness of the importance of theatre arts and to celebrate the power of theatre in all its forms.

Here are some key aspects and traditions associated with World Theatre Day:

World Theatre Day was first celebrated on March 27th, 1962. This date was chosen to coincide with the opening day of the Theatre of Nations festival in Paris. Since then, it has been celebrated annually by theatre communities worldwide.

International Theatre Institute (ITI) is the main organization behind World Theatre Day. Founded in 1948, the ITI is a UNESCO partner organization that aims to promote international exchange and collaboration in the performing arts, including theatre, dance, and music.

Each year, a renowned theatre artist from a different country is selected to write an International Message for World Theatre Day. This message is distributed globally and serves as a rallying call for the theatre community. The messages often reflect on the role of theatre in society, advocate for the importance of cultural exchange, or highlight specific challenges facing the theatre world.

World Theatre Day is celebrated in various ways around the world. Theatre companies may organize special performances, workshops, panel discussions, or other events to mark the occasion. It’s a time for theatre professionals and enthusiasts to come together and celebrate their art form.

Sometimes, a theme is chosen for World Theatre Day to focus attention on a particular aspect of theatre. For example, themes in the past have included “Theatre and Peace,” “Theatre and Crisis,” and “Theatre and the Future.”

World Theatre Day is celebrated in over 90 countries worldwide. It serves as a reminder of the universality of theatre and its ability to transcend cultural and linguistic barriers.

In addition to celebration, World Theatre Day also serves as a platform for advocating for the importance of theatre in education, community development, and cultural expression. It highlights the role of theatre in fostering empathy, understanding, and social change.