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Expression of Gratitude - International Dance Day 2022 Online Celebration
The team of the ITI General Secretariat want to express its deepest gratitude to the following Centres for their contribution to the International Dance Day 2022 Online Celebration: Georgian Centre of ITI, Cuban Centre of ITI, Chinese Centre of ITI, Burkina Faso Centre of ITI, and Jordanian Centre of ITI.
For those who would like to watch or re-watch the event, please visit www.international-dance-day.org. You may watch the following selection by clicking on the text line:
International Dance Day 2021 Main Celebration
Individual Performance Videos of Main Event
Photo provided by the Korean National Ballet KNB. Photo credit: Jail Souen
UNESCO | The April 2022 Edition of the "UNESCO Tracker Culture & Public Policy"
Special Issue n°1: Countdown to MONDIACULT
The Countdown to MONDIACULT 2022 has begun! This is the first part of a special series counting down to the UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development – MONDIACULT 2022, which will be held in Mexico from 28 to 30 September. In this issue, we will explore this major international conference, what is at stake, emerging debates about culture in public policy, the future of the creative economy, culture in times of crisis, culture for livelihoods, culture for resilience and well-being, cultural diplomacy, and culture for peace and security.
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UNESCO | The April 2022 Edition of the "UNESCO Tracker Culture & Public Policy"
Special Issue n°1: Countdown to MONDIACULT
No country in the world enjoys full gender equality but ensuring greater empowerment in cultural life can open the doors to equality. Cutting Edge explores the dynamics of gender equality in the cultural sector, countries' initiatives and how UNESCO's Culture Conventions can be used to address the gender gap, fostering inclusive sustainable development and reducing disparities.
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UNESCO | The February 2022 Edition of the "UNESCO Tracker Culture & Public Policy"
Issue 17: Focus on Small Islands and Developing States
Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Arab States’ held their MONDIACULT 2022 Regional Consultations, bringing together Ministers of Culture and civil society actors. The UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development - MONDIACULT 2022 will be hosted from 28 to 30 September 2022 by the Government of Mexico.
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UNESCO | World Theatre Day 2022 Event Report: An Invitation to (Re-)Experience
The Report of the World Theatre Day 2022 Online Celebration which was held on Sunday, 27 March 2022 is ready now. It is a Report that will allow you to watch or re-watch the performances by emerging artists from all over the world. To view or download the report, please chose your preferred format by clicking on the text below.
>>Single page version (format for browsing on computer or laptop)
>>Double page version (format for browsing on computer or laptop)
>>Double page version (format for print out on A4)
Slovak Centre of ITI | Nová Dráma / New Drama Festival in Bratislava (Slovakia)
From 16 to 21 May the 2022 edition of the Nová drama /New Drama Festival is taking place in the city of Bratislava. The Festival is an attraction point for theatre professionals and theatre aficionados from Slovakia, from Europe and from all over the world. The Festival presents 10 performances, and an accompanying programme consisting of a Master Class by Falk Richter, German playwright and patron of the Festival, a stage reading marathon, a conference, and award ceremony, and so on.
For further information on the whole Festival visit the website of the Festival, please click here.
To read the full text of the introductory words by Vladislava Fekete, please click here.
If you want to contact the Festival write to du(at)theatre.sk
Slovak Centre of ITI | International Conference: Contemporary Freedom and the New Crisis of Theatre Between Ideological Extremism and ‘Cancel Culture’
This conference, organized by the Theatre Institute Bratislava – the Slovak Centre of ITI and under the patronage of ITI worldwide is part of the Nová drama / New Drama Festival. From around thirty abstracts that were sent in, ten experts have been invited to submit their paper during this conference. Introductory words by Tobias Biancone, DG ITI; Moderator: Octavian Saiu
Date: Thursday 19 May, 10h00 / Friday, 20 May, 10h30
Location: Studio 12, Jakubovo Námestie 12, Bratislava
Language: English, simultaneously interpreted into Slovak
Free admission!
For detailed information about the participants and title of the papers, please click here.
University of Hassan II Casablanca | Open Call for the 34th Edition of the International Festival of University Theater of Casablanca
Application deadline: 23 June 2022.
The Network member Université Hassan II de Casablanca is pleased to announce that the Faculty of Letters and Humanities Ben M'sik of the University Hassan II Casablanca will host the 34th edition of the International University Theater Festival of Casablanca which will take place from 23 to 28 July 2022 in Casablanca, Morocco. The theme of the festive is Reinventing the Theater. The festival’s organizer now open call for performance and workshops from artists or artistic groups.
>>Click here to know more information and the rules about the festival.
>>Click here to download the application form for performance.
>>Click here to download the application form for workshops.
Please send the application form before 23 June 2022.
Email to fitucfituc(at)gmail.com and agonegai(at)hotmail.com
For more information, please visit the official website and facebook fitucbenmsik.
Arts Research Institute of Georgia (ARI), Georgia | Tbilisi Children and Youth International Theatre Festival
It will take place from 1 to 6 June. The programme includes indoor and outdoor performances for children, performed by children from different age groups. A special programme will be offered for refugee children from Ukraine, with round tables dedicated to the problems of Theatre and Youth/Children. There will be an international jury with members from Switzerland, Iran, Georgia, and a representative from ASSITEJ.
People who are interested to take part as observers, guests, and participants in round tables are welcome to write to the Georgian Centre of ITI as soon as possible. Please write to Levan Khetaguri at lkhetaguri(at)hotmail.com and itigeorgiacentre(at)gmail.com.
>>Click here for more information.
Arts Research Institute of Georgia (ARI), Georgia | The 2nd Edition of the Movement, Physical and Dance Theatre International Festival
It will take place in Tbilisi from 14 to 18 June. The programme includes an international guest programme (Spain, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Armenia, Poland, Georgia, etc), workshops, and round tables. The main part of the program is the Georgian Showcase and a special day with Georgian Traditional Dance, by the unique Georgian dance company.
People who are interested to take part as observers, guests and participants of round tables are welcome to write to the Georgian Centre of ITI as soon as possible. Please write to Levan Khetaguri at lkhetaguri(at)hotmail.com and itigeorgiacentre(at)gmail.com.
>>Click here for more information and the application form.
Shanghai Theatre Academy, China | Open Call: Shanghai Summer School - Chinese Traditional Performance ONLINE Course
Application Deadline: 30 May 2022
Organized by the ITI/UNESCO Network member Shanghai Theatre Academy, Shanghai Summer School- Chinese Traditional Performance Online Course is a nearly four-week course taught in English, from 18 June 2022 to 9 July 2022. It’s fully funded by Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, opening to the overseas institutions and individuals. It’s an online course that contains repertoire appreciation, lectures by famous artists, basic acting skills, short excerpt learning and interview videos to help the students understand the history, the current situation and the prospect of traditional Chinese opera and its training system, as well as practitioners’ strive and success stories.
>>Click here to know more about the course and to download the Application Form.
If you are interested, please send the application form to sta_international(at)163.com.
Shanghai Theatre Academy, China | Call for the 11th Shanghai International Experimental Theatre Festival
The application deadline is 15 July 2022.
It will take place from 17 to 23 October 2022. The 11th Shanghai International Experimental Theatre Festival will be co-hosted by Shanghai Theatre Academy STA and Yunnan Arts University.
The Shanghai International Experimental Theatre Festival was founded by the Shanghai Theatre Academy in 1998. It has developed into a regular biennial event after seven editions. This year the two universities decided to do a hybrid event, the way the last edition was held. The main activities include performances and an international academic symposium at the end of the event, both online and on-site. If the pandemic situation worsens, the Festival will be held online only.
If you are interested, please send your application to STAfestival(at)163.com
>>Click here to view or download the entire call.
Alicia Alonso Institute of Dance – Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain | Call for the Second Edition of the World Performing Arts Research Congress
The “Alicia Alonso” Higher Institute of Dance announces the second edition of the World Performing Arts Research Congress. This time the congress will be held in person and online.
All the details of the call for the Congress will be available on the website www.congreso.aliciaalonso.org from 14 May 2022.
In summary, we anticipate the calendar of presentations:
Celebration of the Congress: From 13, 14 and 15 October 2022.
Place: Palace of Congresses of Castilla y León. Salamanca City. Spain
Address: Cuesta de Oviedo, s/n CP 37008 – Salamanca
If you are interested, please write to Luis Llerena at luis.llerena(at)urjc.es.
World Theatre Training Institute AKT-ZENT/ITI | A masterclass with Jurij Alschitz: Five essential aspects of the professional director's craft
A masterclass with Jurij Alschitz, five essential aspects of professional directing will be explored in five online modules of two days each from 18 May to 16 June 2022.
Directors ask actors to trust them. As artists we should not be afraid to take risks, but as directors we have an enormous responsibility – towards art and towards our actors. The greatest happiness is to create works together – and this process lies in the hands of the director. When it happens, we speak of mastery. There is no recipe for this, but there are professional ways to get there. This course invites you to do so, with 5 topics for 5 meetings over two days each. You can attend one or all of them.
>>For more information about the meetings, please click here.
>>To register, please click here.
O. Festival Rotterdam
From 20 to 29 May the O. Festival (named Operadagen in the past) is dedicating its ten-days programme to innovative music theatre. Under the Festival´s motto “Hear something you´ve never seen” the audience is offered a surprising and excellent programme. Part of the O. Festival are events connected with the 2022 edition of the Music Theatre Now Competition organized by the Festival and by Music Theatre Now Network MTNN of ITI. (See below).
To find out more about the programme, the best way to participate and select the performance or event you like by visiting the website on which you also can by one day tickets.
>>Please click here to access the website.
Music Theatre NOW Competition
Part of the O. Festival is a three days programme dedicated to awardees of this year’s Music Theatre NOW Competition. There presentations and performances by some of the winning artists as well as the following events are dedicated to the MTNow Competition.
Sunday, 22 May, 19h30, Location: TR Schowburg – grote zaal
MTNow Award Show with winners and special performances
Monday, 23 May, 10h00, De Fruitvis
Expanding Artistic Practices – MTNow Award Winners in Dialogue: From workshops and lectures to presentations by makers.
Monday, 23 May, 13.00, De Fruitvis
Otherness – MTNow Award Winners in Dialogue: From workshops and lectures to presentations by makers.
Tuesday, 24 May, 10h00, De Fruitvis
Singing Together - MTNow Award Winners in Dialogue: From workshops and lectures to presentations by makers.
Photo credit: Brett Baily - Third World Bunfight
Consejo Argentino de la Danza/Argentine Dance Council | Invitation to the María Ruanova Award 2022 in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date & Time: Tuesday, 7 June 2022, 18h00 (Argentine Time)
Location: Salón Dorado, Av. de Mayo 575, C1084 AAA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Argentine Dance Council CAD, a Cooperating Member of ITI, is happily to present the María Ruanova Award 2022. It will be held on Tuesday, 7 June 2022 in Salón Dorado in Buenos Aires.
>>Click here to view the invitation.
For more information about the María Ruanova Award 2022, please visit official website
Consejo Argentino de la Danza/Argentine Dance Council | Argentine Dance Council May 2022 Newsletter
It is already a tradition: every year the International Dance Day Celebration brings a smile of approval as the most prominent mark of this unique festival.
Comment of the International Dance Day 2022 Celebration in Buenos Aires, Argentina
“The most beautiful, celebratory and moving in decades.” Laura Falcoff, Clarin Newspaper
The International Dance Day Celebration organized by the Argentine Dance Council CAD for 27 years covers the different modalities of this art with soloists, groups or ensembles, some consecrated, others independent, who with their quality as artists and with the warmth of the reception along with the incredible staging they do the rest.
>>Click here to view or download the May Newsletter of the Argentine Dance Council CAD
Photo Credit: Alicia Sanguinetti
Puppet Theatre Criticism Workshop in Bialystok (Poland)
Deadline for candidature for the workshops: 6 June 2022.
The Polish Section of IATC and Association of Polish Stage Artists (ZASP) is offering a workshop for young theatre critics, which will take place from 20 to 25 June 2022 in Bialystok (Poland), thanks to the support of the International Festival of Puppetry Schools. There will be three working groups, one in English, one in French. And one in Polish. If you are interested, you must apply as soon as possible, to be one of the five (5) candidates accepted in each group. For this, you must be a critic aged between 18 and 35. All candidates are invited to send their application form with a brief CV (just one page!), 2 or 3 samples of articles already published in media or internet.
Make sure you have a good verbal expression of the English, French or Polish language.
The candidature must be sent to the director of the workshops, Konrad Szczebiot: konrad.szczebiot(at)e-at.edu.pl
>>For more information about the workshops, the workshop experts, accommodation, please click here.
African puppet theatre with puppets by Werewere-Liking Gnepo: Polygamie – un amour de buffle, photo credit: Journal du Cameroun
KANG Sue-jin, South Korea
International Dance Day Message Author for 2022
The International Theatre Institute ITI and the World Dance Alliance WDA is honoured and pleased to announce to you that the ballet dancer KANG Sue-jin from South Korea has written the Message for International Dance Day 2022.
Here you find the Message and biography as well as one photo provided by the Korean National Ballet that you may use royalty-free. Add: Photo credit Jail Souen.
• International Dance Day Message 2022 by KANG Sue-jin in Korean (original) in PDF and Word / in English (translation) in PDF and Word
• Message de la Journée Internationale de la Danse 2022 par KANG Sue-jin (traduction), en PDF et Word
• Biography of KANG Sue-jin in English in PDF and Word
• Biographie de KANG Sue-jin en français, en PDF et Word
• International Dance Day 2022 poster in English as JPG
• Affiche de la Journée Internationale de la Danse 2022 en français en JPG
Photo KANG Sue-jin by Jail Souen as JPG
>>For more information, please click here.
International Dance Day 2022 Online Celebration
Friday, 29 April 2022 | 14h00 Paris Time
The International Theatre Institute ITI is pleased to announce that the International Dance Day 2022 Online Celebration will happen on Friday, 29 April 2022 online, organized by the General Secretariat of ITI.
International Dance Day 2022, which will be the 40th Anniversary of the Day, the celebration will present one video from this year’s Message Author and five dance productions, each from one region (Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Americas, Europe, and Arab Countries). The aim of the celebration is to gather people together and show the world the beauty and diversity of dance art. All the videos of the dance productions will be seen on the official website of International Dance Day on 29 April.
Besides the online celebration, the South Korean Centre of ITI, together with the General Secretariat of ITI will also organize an on-site celebration in Seoul, South Korea.
For more information, please visit the official website and follow on Facebook InternationalDanceDay.
Consejo Argentino de la Danza/Argentine Dance Council
International Dance Day 2022 Celebration in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Friday, 29 April, 20h30 (Argentine Time), Del Globo Theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Free entrance!

The Argentine Dance Council CAD, a Cooperating Member of ITI, is happy to share with you their celebration for International Dance Day 2022. In order not to lose the continuity of these 27 uninterrupted years of show, the Argentine Dance Council resorted to the realization of a live, at sight Ballet Gala and aired on the same day 29 April at 8.30pm (Argentina) at Del Globo Theatre in Buenos Aires. Free entrance!
LIVE stream via YouTube: consejoargentinodeladanza
>>For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/consejo.deladanza
North Macedonian Centre of ITI | Olga Pango, National Message Author of the International Dance Day 2022
The North Macedonian Centre of ITI is happily to present Olga Pango, choreographer, ballet dancer and ballet teacher; Macedonian Opera and Ballet, Skopje, Macedonian Message Author for International Dance Day 2022.
Excerpt “Dance is so exciting and fun that we who do it, we are happy people. In times like these, times of great temptation and transition, in the age of the pandemic, the only salvation is to purify ourselves with things that are sublime: like dance and art in general.” >> Click here to know more about Olga Pango.
>>For more information, please click here.
Photos credit: Melanija Georgievska
World Theatre Day 2022 | PS. Listen to the voice of Peter Sellars reading the World Theatre Day Message 2022
“Peter Sellars has read his message and has sent the General Secretariat an audio-file. As I enjoyed listening to him and felt that his voice gave the message even more power, I strongly suggest you to listen to him reading the message.” Tobias Biancone, DG ITI
If you want to experience the timbre he gives to the message, you may do so by clicking here.
Photo Credit: Ruth Walz
Accademia Teatro Dimitri | 2nd Edition of Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Performing Arts Practice in Conflict Zones 2022
In a globalized world in which the consequences of violence, war and discrimination have become an integral part of our lives, politics is created with angst, demarcation and isolation determining everyday life. The CAS Performing Arts Practice in Conflict Zones offers an opportunity to open new spaces of reflection and action.
The CAS is developed in collaboration with the Swiss Center of ITI (International Theatre Institute). It is aimed at professional artists from Europe as well from Middle Eastern countries, for example Iraq, Syria, Afganistan who want to bring their performing arts practice in local and international conflict and crisis zones.
Languages: English, German, Kurdish
>>Click here to read and download the full programme.
Contact: Daniel Bausch, daniel.bausch(at)supsi.ch
University of Regina | Policing through the Arts: Connecting People and Communities
…exploring nuanced ways to address issues facing policing and community in Canada
The Network member University of Regina, the Centre for Socially Engaged Theatre (C-SET) is thrilled to announce the launch of a dynamic new research webinar series under one of its research mandates: “Policing through the Arts: Connecting People and Communities.”
As part of the ongoing Canada Research Chair program in Socially Engaged Theatre, the Centre for Socially Engaged Theatre (C-SET) at the University of Regina invites to a series of research webinar that comprises of six sessions on policing, justice and theatre. This series is the first of three editions. This new initiative aligns with the objectives of the Canada Research Chair research program and seeks to create a space for respectful dialogue through community engagement.
Project Lead: Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Canada Research Chair in Socially Engaged Theatre, and the Director, Centre for Socially Engaged Theatre (C-SET), University of Regina, Canada.
>>For more information and to register for this event, please visit www.cset.ca
World Theatre Training Institute AKT-ZENT/ITI | Programme for April and May 2022
Mastery of Professional Directing with Jurij Alschitz
“Directors ask actors to trust them. As artists we should not be afraid to take risks, but as directors we have an enormous responsibility – towards art and towards our actors.”
This course invites emerging and experienced directors to explore the five essential themes of their art during five meetings. You can attend one or all of them:
20/21 April: Energy – a matter of life
27/28 April: Composition – the road of life
04/05 May: The space of events
11/12 May: The director’s text analysis
18/19 May: The director’s work with actors
>>For more information click here.
World Theatre Day 60th Anniversary - World Theatre Day 2022 Online Celebration
Sunday, 27 March | 14h00 Paris Time
The International Theatre Institute ITI is pleased to announce that the World Theatre Day 2022 main celebration will happen on 27 March 2022 online, organized by Centres and the General Secretariat of ITI. After being celebrated for 59 years, World Theatre Day will have its 60th Anniversary in 2022. From 1962 to today, 60 significant theatre figures contributed their thoughts on theatre, culture, and peace through World Theatre Day Messages.
This year, World Theatre Day celebration will focus on the young, the next generation, the emerging artists, who have been a strong special focus of ITI in the recent past. The presentations by the emerging artist can be in video or live performance in front of the camera. There will also be an open session for the participants to freely exchange after the presentations by the emerging artists.
>>Click here to know more and watch the celebration.
Peter SELLARS, USA
World Theatre Day Message Author for 2022
With great pleasure and honour, ITI is presenting Peter SELLARS, Opera, Theatre and Festival Director from USA and his Message for World Theatre Day 2022. Here you find the Message and biography as well as two photos that you may use royalty-free. Please write “Photo credits: Ruth Walz”.
• World Theatre Day Message 2022 by Peter SELLARS in English (original) in PDF and Word
• Message de la Journée Mondiale du Théâtre par Peter SELLARS 2022 en français (traduction), en PDF et Word
• Biography of Peter SELLARS in English in PDF and Word.
• Biographie de Peter SELLARS en français (traduction), en PDF et Word
Photo 1 Peter SELLARS by Ruth Walz as JPG
Photo 2 Peter SELLARS by Ruth Walz as JPG
Croatian Centre of ITI | Dance Magazine Movements 35/36
About Margarita FROMAN, Founder of Professional Zagreb Ballet
Croatian Centre of ITI is proud to present Dance Magazine Movements 35/36. This double issue of Movements 35/36 fully dedicates to Margarita FROMAN, ballet dancer, choreographer, director and ballet pedagogue.
The Dance Committee of the Croatian Centre ITI in 2020 organised a symposium ahead of the 100th anniversary of Margarita FROMAN's arrival in Zagreb. The selected, skilled experts from the field of history, theory and artistic practice of Croatian ballet, dance, folklore, music, visual art, theatre, and cinema answered the invitation and we were joined by two important guests from Belgrade, and the symposium took place in an intimate but open and quite inspiring atmosphere of an exchange of knowledge, opinion and personal archives.
Readers now have a collection of papers which sheds a critical light and multiply documents Margarita FROMAN’s artistic activity, as well as the complex time and context that befell her. >>Click here to view or download the digital version of the magazine. Know more about the Croatian Centre of ITI, please visit www.hciti.hr
North Macedonian Centre of ITI | New e-plays written by contemporary playwrights Eva Kamchevska and Sasho Blazheski
The North Macedonian Centre of ITI is happily to share their two new e-plays by talented contemporary playwrights Eva Kamchevska and Sasho Blazheski.
New e-play: Bio Clock by Eva Kamchevska
Eva Kamchevska is born in Skopje. She is a professional scriptwriter, playwright and dramatist. >>Click here to know more.
New ePlay: Rokerishta by Sasho Blazheski
Sasho Blazheski is born in Prilep. He is a poet, and this is his first theatre play. >>Click here to know more.
>>Click here to read the full press release.
Selected Plays from Stan Lai in English
The books are a unique collection of twelve plays translated by the playwright himself. Stan Lai (Lai Shengchuan) is one of the most celebrated theatre practitioners working in the Chinese-speaking world. His work over three decades has pioneered the course of modern Chinese language theatre. The books are a unique collection of Stan Lai´s plays and are an exceptional selection of a diverse range of performances which were not available in English before. The plays have been edited Lissa Tyler Renaud, a master teacher, actor-scholar, speaker, writer, and critic. The books are available from the University of Michigan Press – please click here.
Over Amazon in Kindle and Book format, and on Apple Books in digital format.
UNESCO | The Tracker Culture & Public Policy
The January 2022 Edition #16: Focus on Culture Diplomacy
Cutting Edge examines the increasing prominence of cultural diplomacy in international relations and the shift to more mutually-beneficial cooperative models. Culture has a unique power for building trust and opening conduits for dialogue. Furthermore, cultural diplomacy helps enhance a country's national and local cultural assets with multiple benefits.
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Vietnamese Centre of ITI | Open call for the 5th International Experimental Theatre Festival 2022
Date and Location: Planned to be on November 2022 in Hanoi, Vietnam. “Warm greetings from the Vietnamese Center of ITI and the Vietnam Stage Artists Association (VSAA) to international friends and colleagues! Pursuant to the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism’s decision dated 27th October 2021 approving the project “International Experimental Theatre Festivals” for the period of 2021 – 2030, the Vietnam Stage Artists Association shall hold the “the Fifth International Experimental Theatre Festival 2022, in Hanoi, Vietnam”. Artistic groups and individuals are kindly invited to apply for this Festival in Hanoi.”
Application Deadline: 30 May 2022.
Contact person: Mrs Ha Tu Anh (Deputy Manager of Foreign Affairs and Information Department of VSAA and Vietnam Centre ofITI).
Email: vietnamtheatrefestival@gmail.com
Click here to download the Application Form and know more about the Festival.
Report of the ITI/UNESCO Network Special Connecting Event 2021
The Report of the ITI/UNESCO Network Special Connecting Event 2021 which was held from 13 to 17 December 2021 is ready now. It is a Report that will allow you to watch or re-watch the presentations of the Members of the ITI/UNESCO Network, the Welcome Address, the Dialogues with an Artist, the Breakout Sessions and the Open Space.
You may download the report
>>Single page version
>>Double page version
In Memoriam | Obituary for Natalia Isaeva
“Natalia Isaeva was a Senior Professor of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Science and was awarded the title of “Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Letter” of France.
A top professional and a charming personality have left us. Thank you for your continuous support of ITI. Thank you for your friendship. All your friends are missing you. I am sending a heartfelt farewell to you, Natacha.“ Tobias Biancone, DG ITI
>>Click here to read the full text by Tobias Biancone, Director General of ITI
Video: There is a nice video available on Facebook: It shows Natacha at the event with her friends. To watch it, please click here.
In Memoriam | Shaig Safarov (1955-2022) – A friend and eminent Azerbaijan Theatre Personality
Shaig Safarov - the great friend of ITI and many of its members passed away. For more than a decade Shaig Safarov continuously was promoting Azerbaijan culture and invited ITI members to festivals and the International Theatre Conference in Baku. ITI will always remember him for his kindness, his enthusiasm, his charm and also his dream to hold an ITI World Congress in the capital of Azerbaijan. May this dream one day become true. Dear Shaig, many, many ITI members – including myself, will miss you. Farewell, dear Shaig.” Tobias Biancone, DG ITI
>>Click here to read the full text by Tobias Biancone, Director General of ITI
Ramendu Majumdar: Theatre Worldwide – My ITI Years
What the ITI Newsletter announced last year when Ramendu Majumdar celebrated his Birthday has “become true”: The Honorary President of ITI used the pandemic to write his ITI memoirs. Ramendu Majumdar tells us his own story. It gives us an insight into the development of the Bangladesh Centre of ITI – and ITI worldwide. It is proof of the personal perseverance he has experienced with ITI, which resulted in him becoming the President of ITI and gaining the title of Honorary President of ITI. The publication is a veritable cornucopia of facts and experiences of viewpoints through his times with the International Theatre Institute.
The book has been published by the University Press Limited, ISBN 978 984 506 378 4. Hardcover, 196 pages, with colour photos. 35 US-Dollars, 30 Euros. On request, an ITI Centre may receive a free copy. Please allow ample time for sending you the copy. The book can be ordered over news(at)iti-worldwide.org.
UNESCO | The November Edition of the "UNESCO Tracker Culture & Public Policy" #14: Culture and Sustainable Development
Cutting Edge this month traces the history of culture and sustainable development discourse and explores some key policy areas in which culture is driving progress.
Cultural Policy Highlights contains the latest cultural policy innovations worldwide, including related to culture's transversal role in public policies, whilst the Regional Perspectives section includes updates on regional processes, with a special feature on the Luanda Biennale.
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Applied Theatre India Foundation ATiF
E-Book: Role of Applied Theatre in Indian Society
The first virtual conference on 'Role of Applied Theatre in Indian Society' organized by Applied Theatre India Foundation in association with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) is an opportunity for Applied Theatre practitioners in India to present their work and research on an international platform. The practices need to be theorized for the appropriate study in future and ATI Foundation is working to build the academic framework in India for Applied Theatre. People working in diverse fields, such as theatre in education, theatre of the oppressed, playback theatre, special education need, and storytelling participated in this conference from India, the USA and the UK. This E-Book contains all the papers presented at the conference. >>Click here to view the E-Book.
International Association of Theatre Critics – IATC
Presenting the Online Publication: Critical Stages / Scènes critiques
It is a pleasure to present to the readers of ITI, the online publication of the IATC with the title “Critical Stages / Scènes”. This web journal first published in 2009 is available online to the reader for free. It offers a platform for debate and exploration of a wide range of theatre and performance art manifestations from all over the world. The web journal was initiated by Kim Cheol-Yun, former president of IATC. In the first issue of Critical Stages, he states. “Critical Stages will reach out to theatre practitioners, audiences” and he confirms that Critical Stages broadly promote theatre criticism: “I firmly believe that the most important function of theatre criticism is—and should remain—to generate interest in the theatre arts in society.” Since 2015, the 11th edition, Savas Patsalidis from Greece is the Editor-in-Chief of Critical Stages. He is a Professor of Theatre Studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Drama School of the National Theatre of Northern Greece. Under his guidance, all the future editions have been published. >>You have access to all the editions of Critical Stages / Scènes critiques if you click here.
>>If you want to check the 24th edition with the special topic “Oral Dramaturgies”, click here.
Online Publication: Critical Stages / Scènes critiques
Interview with the DG of ITI
A special section of each edition is dedicated to interviews. In the 24th edition, you find a dialogue of Savas Patsalidis with Tobias Biancone with the title “The Global Role of ITI” and an interview with Tadashi Suzuki, with the title “Pumpkin and the Public Scene”.
Unter the multitude of interviews the following might also be of interest for you: Theodoros Terzopulous, Ion Caramitrou, Anina Jendreyko and Yuri Lyubimov. To access the interview just click on the name.
Links
Biancone
Suzuki
Terzopoulos
Caramitru
Anina Jendreyko
Yuri Lyubimov
>>To subscribe to the Newsletter for Critical Stages on its webste, please click here.
International Network of Theatre in Prison - INTiP
Vito Minoia: “Prisons shouldn’t be the place where a person’s fate is sealed"
Article by Teresa Valiani
The article is about Destini Incrociati Festival, a successful four-day event which was organized from 17 to 20 November 2021 in Rome, Italy. The festival was organized with the contribution of the Ministry of Culture, General Directorate for Performing Arts. It has been planned merging two editions this year, thanks to a special initiative that has allowed to make up for the time lost because of the pandemic.
The performances have been selected by a qualified artistic direction board. Some classic plays were staged at the Palladium Theater of the Roma Tre University. >>To read the full article, click here.
Chinese Performing Arts – Issue 3 for download
International Theatre Institute ITI and Shanghai Theatre Academy, member of the ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts are proud to annouce that the third edition of the Chinese Performing Arts is now available. The journal covers the topics of today’s stage of China, the spread of Chinese Theatre and the introduction of Chinese plays and artists. This is the third issue which focuses on the development and the studies of Kunqu.
>>Click here to download or read the publication.
Mexican Centre of ITI UNESCO - New release: TEATRO magazine #28
Mexcian Centre of ITI is happily to present the no.28 issue of the magazine TEATRO "Virtual Theater", with the collaboration of many colleagues, artists and dear friends from Mexico and other centers by ITI.
The Mexican Centre of ITI UNESCO is grateful for the continuous support of the cultural institutions of Mexico and the national and international artistic community. Thanks to this support, the publication has reached its edition 28th edition.
>>Please click here to view and download
International Playwrights’ Forum IPF
Vijay Padaki – Legendary Indian Playwright Book Releases
Vijay Padaki, a member of the International Playwrights’ Forum just released three new books in a series of 10 books that the Vitasta Publishing Company dedicated to this extraordinary Indian playwright. They are available over some of the Amazon websites, or you may order them from the publishing house. https://www.vitastapublishing.com
Vijay Padaki is a Theatre Educator who has been part of the Bangalore Little Theatre since its inception in 1960. More recently, the Ministry of Culture invited Vijay to initiate a programme of Arts and Heritage Management in India. Vijay has written over 50 original plays. In 1993, Vijay won the award for the best contemporary play script instituted by The Hindu for the play Credit Titles. Contact: vijay(at)bangalorelittletheatre.org
Slovenian Centre of ITI | Thinking and Rethinking Ballet
In 2021 The Slovenian Ballet Artists’ Association and The Slovenian Centre ITI have launched a web page section and live talks streamed on YouTube with guests from around the World. This exceptional cooperation between two organizations fosters the dialogue between art and society with its diversity and international reach.
Dialogue with Georgette Gebara
Tatjana Azman’s recent interview with Lebanon’s Dance legend Georgette Gebara is now available on the Slovenian Ballet Portal. The interview is shedding light on the life and work of Georgette Gebara. She is one of the first ITI members that received the title “Honorary Member” during the Xiamen Congress in 2011. She served as Secretary of the International Dance Committee of ITI and was a Technical Advisor for the Executive Council. Today, she lives with her husband in Beirut (Lebanon). The Interview is in English. Moderator: Tatjana Ažman, dramaturge, Head of the Slovenian Centre of ITI, Member of the Executive Council of ITI worldwide.
>>Click here to watch the interview.
>>Website of the Slovenian Ballet Portal click here.
Uganda Centre of ITI | Jessica Kaahwa is awarded the Honorary Membership of the African Theatre Association AfTA
Jessica Kaahwa, World Theatre Day Message Author, Playwright, Academic & President of Uganda Centre of ITI just received the Honorary Membership of the AfTA, together with Martin Banham (Emeritus Professor of Drama and African Studies, University of Leeds), Duro Oni (University of Lagos & President, Nigerian Academy of Letters) and Ildevert Méda (Burkinabè Actor, Director and Playwright)
The title of Honorary Member of the African Theatre Association is awarded to an outstanding individual who has made significant contributions to the advancement of African theatre, performance or culture.
The International Theatre Institute ITI wholeheartedly congratulates Jessica Kaahwa, Martin Banham, Duro Oni and Ildevert Méda.
>>The virtual Citation Ceremony can be watch on the YouTube Channel of AfTA.
UNESCO | The October Edition of the "UNESCO Tracker Culture & Public Policy" #13: Culture and City
Cities are a privileged ground for the exercise and recognition or cultural diversity, a critical endeavor in increasingly fragmented societies. Cities are also laboratories to harness culture to nurture societies' resilience and well being, and underpin environmental sustainability.
To read and download the new brochure as PDF click on the language edition of your choice:
>>English
>>Français
UNITED NATIONS | #Faith4Rights Toolkit
The United Nations have created a Toolkit called “Faith for Rights” that is of interest not only for those who work in the field of Human Rights but also for artists, namely performing artists. This toolkit builds on a wealth of comparable tools by several UN agencies that have been integrated into the #Faith4Rights toolkit. It also illustrates artistic expressions as learning tools and offers built-in links to relevant resources faith actors would need. The annex proposes several cases to debate, which illustrate the intersectionality of the 18 commitments and enhance the skills of faith actors to manage religious diversity in real-life situations towards the shared aims of “Faith for Rights”. For any enquiries, please send an email to: faith4rights(at)ohchr.org
>>The toolkit can be downloaded by clicking here.
“Is it true that you always wait for me?”
Congratulation to Andromachi Dimitriadou Lindahl and Asomates Dynameis for having their producation “Is it true that you always wait for me?” that tells the story of a Jewish community of Thessaloniki (Andromachi’s hometown) is cited as an excellent example for implementing dance in Faith for Rights. >>Please click here to watch her performance (with English subtitles).
Theatre Diplomacy During the Cold War – Volume 1 to 5
This multi-volume work began as a biography of Martha Coigney, who was a pioneering thought leader and advocate of internationalism in the American theatre during one of the most challenging periods in modern U.S. history. Martha Coigney served as President of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) from 1987-1995 and afterwards became an Honorary President of ITI.
For all those who are interested in the History of ITI, and the development of ITI, this multi-volume work is a must to read. It is available: - over the website of the publisher XLIBRIS
- over amazon.com
As the book is not inexpensive, you also may download an ebook for a reasonable price over the stores of Kindle Amazon, Apple Books or Google Play Books.
The September Edition of the "UNESCO Tracker Culture & Public Policy" #12: Culture and Social Cohesion
Social inclusion is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, yet culture remains under-utilised in fostering social cohesion.
"Everyone has the right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community [and] to enjoy the arts."—— Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 27
To read and download the new brochure as PDF click on the language edition of your choice:
>>English
>>Français
The July Edition of the "UNESCO Tracker Culture & Public Policy" #11 a Special Report on the Meeting of G20 Ministers of Culture
The July 2021 edition carries a special report on the Meeting of G20 Ministers of Culture and their landmark declaration strongly affirming the vital role of culture across the public policy spectrum. The report explores the five main priorities seized by the Ministers of Culture of the world's largest economies for revitalizing global economic and social policy.
To read and download the new brochure as PDF click on the language edition of your choice:

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The June Edition of the "UNESCO Tracker Culture & Public Policy" #10 focuses on Young People
The newest edition focuses on Culture and Youth
Today’s young people face unprecedented challenges: not only are they more likely to be unemployed, they also have to face some of the greatest challenges ever experienced by humanity. Young people are also the future guardians of our rich and diverse heritage. They are the dynamos for fresh ideas and creativity.
To read and download the new brochure as PDF click on the language edition of your choice:
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New: ITI Event Reports – an invitation to browse, read and watch!
The General Secretariat of ITI has worked extensively to inform you about three main events of ITI: The General Assembly Special Edition (10 to 15 December 2020), World Theatre Day (27 March 2021) and International Dance Day (2021).
All the Reports contain what happened during the three event – such as speeches, presentations, and for World Theatre Day and International Dance Day the messages and performances. Moreover, they give you background information and also the statistics of how many people participated or watch the event.
Each Report that you can open and/or download is an invitation to watch or watch again. Just download it and click on what you want to see … The links are meant to be open when you are using a computer or laptop.
Event Report of theITI General Assembly Special Edition 2020 Report
To view or download the report, please chose your preferred format by clicking on the text below.
Single page edition (format for print out on A4)
Double page edition (format for browsing on computer or laptop)
The May Edition of the "UNESCO Tracker Culture & Public Policy" #9 focuses on Culture and Education
The newest edition focuses on Culture & Education: Culture & education as a strategic investment for inclusive and sustainable development
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New regular UNESCO Publication “The Tracker on Culture and Public Policy”
There is a new regular online publication in which UNESCO is presenting essential data about what is happening on the world. It is called “The Tracker – Culture & Public Policy”. Click here to read what Mr. Ernesto Ottone, the UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture stated in the Special Edition of the Tracker, April 2021.
Here are the titles of the issues that have been published so far. Just click on the title in bold letters below to download or read the PDF of each issue:
The Tracker Issue 8 / Special Issue: Focus on a Year of Covid-19
The Tracker Issue 7: Focus on Culture and Peace Building
The Tracker Issue 6: Focus on Cultural Tourism
The Tracker Issue 5: Focus on Creative Economy
The Tracker Issue 4: Focus on Culture and Climate Change
The Tracker Issue 3: Focus on the Future Work
The Tracker Issue 2: Focus on Culture and Digital Technologies
The Tracker Issue 1: Focus on Culture and Multilateralism
To be informed regularly, visit www.unesco.org or write to Culture.Forum(at)unesco.org
Essential UNESCO Publication: Culture in Crisis: Policy guide for a resilient creative sector
The COVID-19 pandemic and the crisis it created have had a devastating effect on the cultural and creative industries, revealing and magnifying their pre-existing volatility.
The UNESCO Publication “Culture in Crisis” offers advice on how to respond to the most pressing needs and how to induce the structural changes needed to strengthen the resilience of the cultural and creative industries and prepare for the future.
You may download the UNESCO Publication (56 pages) in the following languages, by clicking on the name of the language.
English
Francais
Espagnol
Korean 한국어
UNESCO Publication Culture 2030 | Indicators
Culture|2030 Indicators was published by the Culture Sector of UNESCO on the occasion of the Forum of Ministers of Culture at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
The Culture|2030 indicators is a framework of thematic indicators whose purpose is to measure and monitor the progress of culture’s enabling contribution to the national and local implementation of the Goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, both as a sector of activity, and transversally across other sectors. The Culture | 2030 Indicators combine a variety of data, including quantitative and qualitative indicators, and will rely as much as possible on existing data sources.
For more information visit the Culture | 2030 Indicators website
You may download the UNESCO Publication (around 120 pages) in the following languages, by clicking on the name of the language.
English
Francais
Espagnol
Russian
Chinese
Arabic
ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts
New “Visual Presentation” about the ITI/UNESCO Network
The Secretariat of the ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts has created a visual presentation that is available for ITI Centres, educational and research institutions and persons who are working in this field. It gives information about vision, mission and goals, describes all the ongoing and planned projects. You also find a list about all the current members – educational and research institutions.
For downloading the visual presentation click here.
ITI General Secretariat Team Report 2017 - 2020
During the General Assembly Special Edition 2020, the Headquarters of ITI invited the ITI Centres, the ITI Committees, Forums and Networks and the Partner Organizations of ITI to present their past, current and future work. After the event, the Heaquarters of ITI put the individual videos and the videos day by day on the website www.iti-congress.org. Anyone can watch them on this website.
For time reason, the General Secretariat of ITI did not present its works. That is why it created the ITI General Secretariat Team Report 2017-2020. It is available in English and French.
The headquarters of ITI cordially invite you to download the brochure and take a look at it.
>>English version
>>English version double page
>>Version française
>>Version française double page
ITI/UNESCO Network - Online Second Student Festival, Monday to Sunday, 13 to 19 July 2020.
The Online Second Student Festival is a collaboration between the Piccolo Teatro di Milano, the ITI/UNESCO Network and eight participating institutions. It consists of:
• 8 Student Performances from Network Members Institutions from Burkina Faso, Colombia, Iran, Italy, Singapore, South Korea, Spain and Ukraine.
• 8 After-Show Discussions in which you can participate or contribute in registering yourself www.iti-unesco-network.org/participationform.html
• A Student Conference in which you can participate in registering yourself
The full information and programme about the Online Second Student Festival can be accessed over the special designed website for it, >>please click here.
>>For downloading the brochure, click here.
>>For downloading the program, click here.
ITI Panels
Panels introducing ITI to the world have been created in English and French. If you want to see them, they are available in low resolution here. If you want to print them, please send an email to info(at)iti-worldwide.org and we will send you the high-resolution version for quality print.