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36th ITI World Congress
The next ITI World Congress is happening from 20 to 25 February 2023 in the City of Fujairah, in the United Arab Emirates. The General Secretariat and the Host in Fujairah are very busy in preparing the Congress. More information can be found on the Congress website www.iti-congress.org which is regularly updated.
If you have more questions about the Congress in Fujairah, please write to congress(at)iti-worldwide.org
Iranian Centre of ITI | Call for Entry of the 41st Fadjr International Theatre Festival
From 21 to 31 January 2023 in Teheran, Iran
The Iranian Centre of ITI, Dramatic Arts Center of Iran (DAC) is pleased to inform you that the call for the 41st Fadjr International Theatre Festival, which will take place from 21 to 31 January 2023 in Teheran, Iran is open now. It is highly appreciated it if you could send the new production of your company.
>>Click here to know more about the festival.
Application deadline: 7 November 2022. Please send the applications to fadjrfestival.int(at)theater.ir
Website: www.theater.ir/en
North Macedonian Centre of ITI | 3 ePlays by Filip Grujic (Serbia)
• Where they sing
• Not before 16.30h, neither after 17.00h
• Eben byers’s jaw
Translator (Macedonian language): Ivanka Apostolova Baskar / Publishers: North Macedonian Centre ITI / PRODUKCIJA, Skopje 2022
Synopsis:
QUOTATIVE INVERSION – Translation of 3 plays by Filip Grujic (young playwright and writer, winner of the National Sterija Award for Best Playwright 2019, Serbia); he writes about the crisis of the modern man, boy and old man; masculinity in crisis; eroding masculinization; introverted phallusoidity; and the history of the hetero-relations: masculine-feminine. He is one of the most fresh, young voices of contemporary Serbian playwriting.
>>Click here to check out the Official Website.
>>Click here to know more.
North Macedonian Centre of ITI | 4 ePlays by Simona Semenic (Slovenia)
• Beautiful vidas, they burn beautiful
• 1980
• You are a miracle
• That apple of gold
Translator (Macedonian language): Ivanka Apostolova Baskar / Publishers: North Macedonian Centre ITI / PRODUKCIJA, Skopje 2022
Synopsis:
LOCATIVE INVERSION – Dramatic literary translation of 4 plays by Simona Semenić (Grum awarded author/contemporary feminist dramaturgy, Slovenia). She writes about women from the perspective of age, profession, social role of women, class, history and heritage of women). She is one of the most inspiring, unique figures in contemporary European and Slovenian playwriting. >>Click here to check out her Official Website.
>>Click here to know more.
e-anthology: I AM NOT DEAD, ILL AND FAMOUS (Macedonian playwriting, 2010-2022)
The e-anthology composed of 25 authors/Macedonian playwriters from 2010 to 2022. 13 Female and 12 Male point of views in the dramatic anthology. Publishers: North Macedonian Centre ITI / PRODUKCIJA, Skopje 2022
Synopsis:
Publication of contemporary, experimental and modern classic dramatic texts in English and Macedonian language (created from 2010 until 2022) in the form of electronic books in PDF on CD.
Goal: Internationalization of theatrical forms in North Macedonia.
Purpose: International visibility of contemporary playwrights and authors who works and creates in North Macedonia.
>>Click here to know more.
Announcing Nová dráma/New Drama Festival 2023 & Open Call for Papers - International Conference THEATRE IN EXILE
The Slovak Centre of ITI, the Theatre Institute Bratislava is glad to announce that the 19th edition of Nová drama/New Drama Festival will take place on 15 – 20 May 2023. As usual, one of the important parts of the festival is the international conference, which will be held from 18 to 19 May 2023 in Bratislava, Slovakia. The theme of the conference is THEATRE IN EXILE.
Submitting conference papers:
• Please send the conference contribution abstracts (max. 1,000 characters) and a short author’s bio by 15 January 2023 to the following email address: jakub.mudrak(at)theatre.sk
• The final selection of conference papers will be made by the Conference Scientific Committee by 15 February 2023.
>>To know more about the International Conference, please click here.
If you have any questions, please contact Jakub Mudrák at jakub.mudrak(at)theatre.sk
AITU-IUTA - International University Theatre Association
The second volume of the series ─ Theatre and University
Theatre Programs and Creative Research: Nine International Views
The second volume of the "Theatre and University" Series has been published in in English / French / Spanish by the International University Theatre Association (IUTA-AITU) for the "Nuove Catarsi Editions" by the Aenigma University Theatre of Urbino in connection of the European Journal "Catarsi, Teatri delle diversità" (Catharsis, Theatres of Diversities).
The general theme of the scholarly research presented in this book is framed by the objectives of our series dedicated to University Theatre, which studies the wide range of theatre pedagogy, creation, research, and the management of performance activities, processes, and meetings.
>>Click here to download or read the publication in trilingual.
Chinese Performing Arts – Issue 5, dedicated to the Cantonese Yueju
This No. 5 Issue focuses on the development and the studies of Cantonese Yueju Opera. Rooted in the Cantonese-speaking provinces of Guangdong and Guangxi in south-eastern China, Cantonese Yueju opera is characterized by a combination of string and percussion instruments, with elaborate costumes and face painting. It also incorporates stunts and fights using real weapons and drawing on the Shaolin martial arts, as illustrated by the central Wenwusheng role that demands proficiency in both singing and fighting. Yueju opera is popular throughout China and provides a cultural bond among Cantonese speakers in the country and abroad. In 2009, the art form was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO.
>>Click here to download or read the publication.
Mondiacult 2022: States adopt historic Declaration for Culture
Mondiacult 2022, the largest world conference devoted to culture in the last 40 years, brought together nearly 2,600 participants over three days in Mexico City. At UNESCO’s and Mexico’s invitation, 150 States sent delegations to the conference, 135 of them were represented at the highest level by ministers of culture.
Culture has a fundamental role in our societies. Through culture people can discover their common humanity and become free and enlightened citizens. Yet, despite progress, it still does not have the place it deserves in public policies and international cooperation. Mondiacult 2022 is a powerful signal to change this. The Declaration adopted today is a commitment to action.
For accessing the full declaration in the six main UNESCO languages, please click on your preferred language below:
English
Français / French
Español / Spanish
Русский / Russian
العربية / Arabic
中文/ Chinese
Watch some of the events on the Mondiacult website, please click here.
Mondiacult Publication – Resiliart 100
During the Mondiacult Event in Mexico, the publication ResiliArt 100 was released. It contains statements by Ms Audrey Azoulay, DG UNESCO, statistics and statements of 100 culture personalities from all over the world such as from Mohamed Saif Al-Afkham, President ITI worldwide (page 125), and Hamadu Mandé (page 104), Vice-President ITI worldwide.
You can download the publication (only in English) by clicking here.
Emerging Scenes in Africa 2022 a resounding success!
The second edition of Emerging Scenes in Africa took place from 25 to 30 September 2022 in Accra, Ghana, under the theme “Promoting innovations for economic development”. Thanks to the success of the first edition this artistic-educational event has since become a flagship activity of the ITI African Regional Council, including training workshops, master classes, conferences, performances and awards ceremonies.
To read the full press, please click here.
For all the event pictures, please visit the official Facebook page: Scenes Emergentes en Afrique
Japanese Centre of ITI | Request for Feedback on Digital Archives of Japanese Theatre
Japanese Centre of International Theatre Institute ITI has been working on a project for preservation and utilisation of video of performing arts in Japan. This project’s aims are to promote commercial distribution by digitally archiving stage performance video and supporting rights handling, and to increase profitability by suggesting new ways to utilise the video through search and portal sites. We would like to ask the Centres of ITI to watch the following two websites: Japan Digital Theatre Archives (JDTA) and STAGE BEYOND BORDERS (SBB)
In order to let Japanese theatre known by people from all over the world, we would like to get feedback on the usability of these two websites (JDTA and SBB) from the perspective of the Centres of ITI who collect information on performing arts internationally on a daily basis.
For further information about the project, please click here.
Red de Escuelas de Teatro RET Colombia | National Meeting of Theatre Schools (Encuentro Nacional de Escuelas Teatro)
From 18 to 21 October 2022
The member of the ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education, the Red de Escuelas de Teatro RET Colombia presents the National Meeting of Theatre Schools (Encuentro Nacional de Escuelas Teatro) from 18 to 21 October 2022 in Bogotá, Colombia. The event is under the patronage of ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts. It is an academic event that happens every year. Each year the topic of the event varies. This year is focusing on the different paths of the theatre education. With the support of the Culture Ministry, a meeting of Theatre and Circus Research is included. The event composes of forums, workshops and two artistic performances.
For more information, please visit the website and Facebook page: RET Colombia
Shanghai Theatre Academy STA | 11th Shanghai International Experimental Theatre Festival
From 17 to 23 October 2022
Shanghai International Experimental Theatre Festival was founded by Shanghai Theatre Academy (member of the ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education) in 1998, and it has developed into a regular biennial event after seven rounds. The 11th Shanghai International Experimental Theatre Festival, co-organized by Shanghai Theatre Academy, Yunnan Arts University and the International Theatre Institute ITI will happen from 17 to 23 October 2022.
The theme of this year’s festival is Experimental Theatre in the Pandemic – Tribute to Moliere, dedicated to the 400th anniversary of Moliere’s birth. The artists from Germany, Georgia, Greece, India, Italy, Iran, Northern Macedonia, South Korea, Uruguay and China will present 15 performances online during the week-long festival At the end of it the international academic symposium will be held.
Please go to https://sietf.sta.edu.cn/ to see all the videos of the selected theatre productions.
World Opera Day 2022 – Unboxing Opera | 25 October 2022
Tuesday, 25 October 2022 will be the 4th edition of the World Opera Day and an opportunity to unbox opera! Unboxing Opera refers to the millions of videos where users unbox products in front of their camera, revealing the received object, analysing and explaining it to their virtual audience. The very enthusiastic videos reflect the emotion and excitement someone can feel when discovering something new. Beyond the reference to those videos, “unboxing opera” quite clearly evokes the idea of bringing theatre out of a rigid place and suggests breaking the limits of the art form. Unboxing Opera will give the opportunity to a wider audience to discover new facets of opera, to deepen their knowledge about it and to be surprised and touched by the art form.
Please click here to get more information.
Theatre Yearbook 2022 – Theatre in Japan
The Japanese Centre of ITI has published “Theatre Yearbook” since 1972, covering developments in the Japanese performing arts. The publication “Theatre Yearbook” has laid a firm foundation for activities that seek to gain knowledge of the relationship between Japan and the world, to deepen mutual understanding by positioning Japan within the global network, and to realize cultural development and peace.
>>Click here to download or read the publication.
Chinese Performing Arts – Issue 4, dedicated to the Yueju
The International Theatre Institute ITI and Shanghai Theatre Academy, member of the ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts are proud to announce that the fourth 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 fourth issue which focuses on the development and the studies of Yueju, one of the most important forms of Xiqu. The publication includes texts on “Love to Rebellion – The textual adaptations of Xu Jin´s Yueju work “A Dream of Red Mansions”, on the “Female Xiaosheng of Yuejiu, on the Shanghai Yueju House: The Root and the Growing Brach of Chinese Yueju, etc. Chief Editors of the Publication: Gong Baorong and Tobias Biancone.
>>Click here to download or read the publication.
Announcement of the 36th ITI World Congress
From 20 to 25 February 2023 in Fujairah, UAE
The International Theatre Institute ITI is pleased to announce that the 36th ITI World Congress will happen on-site from 20-25 February 2023 in Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates. The event will be hosted and co-organized by the Fujairah Government, with the support from H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Ruler of Fujairah and the Supreme Council Member of UAE, and H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah. The 36th ITI World Congress will be under the patronage of UNESCO.
The 36th ITI World Congress theme is “Reunite, for the Performing Arts and Humanism”, offering members the first opportunity in years to come together and remember the importance of culture, education, and the fundamental tenets of humanism as upheld by UNESCO and promulgated by the ITI Charter and its activities.
To know more about the Congress, please click to view or download:
• 36th ITI World Congress 2023 Presentation in English, French
• Congress Programme in English, French
If you have any question, please write to congress(at)iti-worldwide.org
For more information, please visit: www.iti-congress.org
Special Message: Culture and Sustainability from Lemi Ponifasio
Edinburgh International Culture Summit 2022 - Opening Session
The sixth Edinburgh International Culture Summit took place at the Scottish Parliament 26 to 28 August, titled Culture and a Sustainable Future Summit 2022. It reflected on the urgent need for consideration of and investment in our future. The organizers of the Culture Summit believe that global problems require global solutions. “Culture can play a vital role in helping people all over the world discover commonality, to conceptualise the critical issues we must face, and to help imagine and create a sustainable future”.
Lemi Ponifasio, International Dance Day Message Author 2016, delivered at the Opening Session of the Edinburgh International Culture Summit 2022 on Friday 26 August 2022. The General Secretariat sent the link already to interested persons by e-mail and it received a strong response. That is why it is shared here for you. >>Click here to watch the speech.
The July 2022 Edition of the "UNESCO Tracker Culture & Public Policy"
Special Issue n°4: Countdown to MONDIACULT 2022 | Culture and education: the backbone of development
The UNESCO MONDIACULT 2022 World Conference will be hosted from 28 to 30 September 2022 by the Government of Mexico. For more information, please visit: www.unesco.org/en/mondiacult2022
Culture and education together are the backbone of human development. Yet culture and education are insufficiently harnessed together as complementary dimensions that can leverage social inclusion, skills acquisition as well as the enhancement of knowledge.
To read and download the new brochure as PDF, click on the language edition of your choice:
English
Français
Ghana Centre of ITI | Programme of the Second Edition of "Emerging Scenes in Africa" 2022
From 23 to 30 September in Accra, Ghana
The Second Edition of "Emerging Scenes in Africa" 2022, which organize by the African Regional Council of the International Theatre Institute (CRAIIT) and the Ghana Centre of ITI, will be held soon this month from 23 to 30 September in Accra, Ghana. The event provides high-level training activities in the artistic, technical and administrative fields related to the performing and visual arts.
>>More detailed programme, please click here.
In Memoriam | Ralf Långbacka (1932-2022)
It is with great sadness that the Finnish Centre of ITI must share the news of the passing of Ralf Långbacka, renowned theatre director and chairman of the Finnish Centre of ITI from 1983 to 1996. As the chairman of ITI Finland, Långbacka oversaw among other things the ITI World Congress held in Helsinki in 1989, as well as the international ballet competitions in Helsinki in 1984 and 1991, sanctioned by the International Dance Committee of the ITI.
>>Click here to know more about Ralf Långbacka.
You may send your condolences to the family of Ralf Långbacka through the Finnish Centre of ITI. They will be forwarded immediately to the family. Email tinfo(at)tinfo.fi.
New Theatre Record editor and New Website
Theatre Record has a new editor, Alison Cook, and a new, hugely improved and even faster website
The new website will continue to include all of the Record's existing content features – its archive of more than forty years' unabridged reviews, casts, credits and production photographs for all major UK productions, its unrivalled UK-wide listings of press nights – as well as some exciting improvements to make theatrerecord.com an even more invaluable and easy to use resource, updated daily. Click here to read more. Take a look at the new website now! www.theatrerecord.com
If you have any other enquiries, please contact editor(at)theatrerecord.com
In Memoriam | Hans-Thies Lehmann (1944 - 2022)
Hans-Thies Lehmann (1944 - 2022) died in Athens on Saturday 16 July. The German theatre scholar influenced the performing arts in theory and practice especially with his work "Postdramatic Theatre". The book is considered as a standard work and has been translated into more than twenty languages. He was also co-founder of the Giessen Institute for Applied Theatre Studies. The theatre world mourns the loss of one of the most important and influential theorists of our time.
The June 2022 Edition of the "UNESCO Tracker Culture & Public Policy"
Special Issue n°3: Countdown to MONDIACULT 2022 | Cultural heritage the lifeblood of social cohesion and the springboard to a sustainable future
In this third part of a special series counting down to the UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development – MONDIACULT 2022, we take stock of the evolutions in approaches to cultural heritage, and particularly the growing recognition of the role of communities in its preservation and safeguarding, as well as the importance for social inclusion and for future generations.
To read and download the new brochure as PDF, click on the language edition of your choice:
>>English
>>Français
German Centre of ITI | The ITI Germany Prize 2023 is Awarded to Flinn Works
In 2023 Flinn Works receives the Prize of the German Centre of the International Theatre Institute. This selection decision was made by the members of the German Centre of ITI based on a list of suggestions from this year's jury, consisting of executive board members of ITI German Centre Ihsan Othmann and Maria Rößler, as well as the members of the German Centre of ITI Helge-Björn Meyer (BFDK), Nina de la Chevallerie (boat people projekt e.V.) and Renate Klett.
>>For more information, please click here.

Photo: Flinn Works: Global Belly, Photo Credit: Alexander Barta
North Macedonian Centre of ITI | New e-publication: Macedonian translation of MATER MEDEA - play by Fabio Tolledi (Italy) Synopsis
In this dramatic and richly poetic version of Fabio Tolledi’s Medea, she is confronted with the nonsense of Jason's infidelity. The choir or Rashomon of the play, exposes all aspects of counselling under the influence of fatality, under the influence of vigilance. Beautiful dramatic language. It is never boring in the subconscious of myths.
For more information, please check the links below:
Digital Exhibition
Publication
facebook
New e-publication: Macedonian translation of THE DEATH OF MADAM DUPIN - Poetry by Katarina Saric (Monte Negro)
Katarina Saric is a genius. She writes an activistic, feministic, deeply artistic poetry. She is a pure inspiration and life! “I will find you in this same hallway, hung for the portrait of the family tree, descended from the highest branches.
In the same night I shot this picture
when it dawns on me again
night to day,
my soul I will let go.”

For more information, please check the links below:
Digital Exhibition
Publication
facebook
World Theatre Training Institute AKT-ZENT/ITI | Quantum Training for Theatre - Online qualification programme for teachers
From 16 October 2022 to 26 March 2023
The Artistic Director of the World Theatre Training Institute, Dr Jurij Alschitz, is inaugurating a high quality training programme for theatre educators worldwide, introducing quantum pedagogy in theory and practice, with the aim of fundamentally renewing and re-evaluating theatre education by bridging the gap between science and art. Teaching becomes a creative act and the teacher an artist.
The programme consists of 22 weekly online live sessions including training by the Institute's teaching team.
>>Click here to know all the information and registration
In Memoriam | Peter Brook (1925 - 2022)
Peter Brook passed away. The International Theatre Institute and the world of theatre lost an eminent theatre personality. His brilliant work as stage director that he presented over and over have influenced theatre and the global theatre community permanently. Peter Brook is the only theatre personality that was invited twice to write the message for World Theatre Day (1969 and 1988).
>>Click here to read more.
You may send your condolences to the family of Peter Brook by sending them to the General Secretariat of ITI. It will be forwarded immediately to the family. Email of the General Secretariat info(at)iti-worldwide.org.
In Memoriam | Anatoly Polyankin (1952 – 2022)
It is with great sadness that the General Secretariat is announcing to you that Anatoly Polyankin passed away. He was the Rector of the Graduate School of Performing Arts in Russia. Anatoly Polyankin was the Vice President of the Russian Centre of ITI and Board Member of the ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts.
“A big loss for ITI, for the ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts, for his wife and family, and for me.” Tobias Biancone, DG ITI
>>Click here to read the message that a friend of the family, Dmitry Trubochkin, has written.
For condolences, please write to Alfira Arslanova directly alfira.arslanova(at)gmail.com
The May 2022 Edition of the "UNESCO Tracker Culture & Public Policy" Special Issue n°2: Countdown to MONDIACULT 2022
In this second part of a special series counting down to the UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development – MONDIACULT 2022, we take a look at how the cultural sector is being transformed by the digital transformation. How public policies for culture should respond to this new landscape will be a major issue to be discussed by Ministers and concerned stakeholders at MONDIACULT 2022, due to take place in Mexico in September.
To read and download the new brochure as PDF, click on the language edition of your choice:
>>English
>>Français
International Dance Day 2022 Event Report: An Invitation to (Re-)Experience
The Report of the International Dance Day 2022 Celebration which was held on Friday, 29 April 2022 is ready now. It is a Report that will allow you to watch or re-watch both online and on-site celebrations. 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)
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.
To read and download the new brochure as PDF, click on the language edition of your choice:
English
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.
To read and download the new brochure as PDF, click on the language edition of your choice:
English
Français
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)
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.
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
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
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.
To read and download the new brochure as PDF, click on the language edition of your choice:
English
Français
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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.