World Theatre Day



In order to demonstrate the global nature of theatre, ITI is - for the first time ever - launching a truly open call for nominations. There will be five message authors selected, one for each region: Africa, Arab Countries, Asia Pacific, the Americas and Europe.

Please participate.

As 2018 is the Year of ITI, as ITI is celebrating its 70th Anniversary, we approaching the celebration of World Theatre Day for its Anniversary in a different way. Indeed, ITI will select not only one distinguished personality to write the message for World Theatre Day, but five: one from each of the five ITI regions that are in alignment with the regions of UNESCO: Africa, the Americas, the Arab Countries, Asia Pacific and Europe. Please >>click here to download the call in English and >>here to download the call in French. Please send us your nomination until 15 October 2017.
>>To see the previous message authors please click here.

Since 1962 World Theatre Day has been celebrated by ITI Centres, ITI Cooperating Members, theatre professionals, theatre organizations, theatre universities and theatre lovers all over the world on the 27th of March. This day is a celebration for those who can see the value and importance of the art form “theatre”, and acts as a wake-up-call for governments, politicians and institutions which have not yet recognised its value to the people andto the ndividual and have not yet realised its potential for economic growth.

“We gather to weep and to remember; to laugh and to contemplate; to learn and to affirm and to imagine”


Brett Bailey, Stage Director from South Africa, World Theatre Day Message Author 2014