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2018 – The Year of ITI – 70th Anniversary of the International Theatre Institute
The whole 2018 will be the Year of ITI – meaning ITI and its members are able to celebrate ITI from 1 January to 31 December with celebration, ceremonies, festivals, conference and more. This was decided by the General Assembly during the 35th ITI World Congress in Segovia/Spain. The General Secretariat has created a logo in English, French and Spanish that is for use for all the Centres and Cooperating Members to join the celebration of the 70th Anniversary. Please ask for the logo in your language for your event and send us the information about your event. If you are planning an event for which you would like to have international participation, please get in touch with the General Secretariat for promoting it and for helping you with the participation of international guests from ITI. Conctact: info(at)iti-worldwide.
iSTAN, the international Stage Arts Network, a joint initiative between the International Theatre Institute and the Central Academy of Drama Beijing, has a very exciting announcement it wishes to share with you. iSTAN would like to make you all aware of the iSTAN International Theatre Costume and Makeup Design Competition which it will be running in 2018. This competition is open to Professionals and Students from all over the globe, and is split into two categories of Costume Design and Make-up Design. A total of four prestigious iSTAN Gold Awards are up for grabs for the winners of each category; a Professional and Student Gold Award in the Costume Design Category and a Professional and Student Gold Award in the Makeup Design Category. A total of six Excellence Awards will be made available to notable runners-up. What’s more, the winners of the Gold Awards will then be invited to Beijing for the Award Ceremony and Excellent Competition Work Exhibition on 25 May 2018.
For full details on how to enter the competition, including deadlines and requirements, please see the Open Call. >>For full details, please click here
Open call: watch & write African Cultural Journalists
Journalists from Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Senegal, Tanzania and Tunisia are invited to send applications for a two-week workshop in cultural journalism in Braunschweig, Germany (4-17 June 2018). The chosen countries are related to the theatre programme of Festival Theaterformen 2018. Journalists from other African countries are asked to contact us via email before handing in an application. To apply for the workshop, please fill in the online form on The application deadline is 1 December 2017.
>>For more information about the workshops content and the Festival Theaterformen, please click here. For any questions, please contact: welcome(at)
4th edition of dunaPart – platform of Hungarian Contemporary Performing Arts
We are happy to inform you that the 4th edition of dunaPart – platform of Hungarian Contemporary Performing Arts, will be held between 29 November and 2 December 2017, organized by Trafó House of Contemporary Arts with the participation of other venues and organizations in Budapest. >>Please click here to see the detailed schedule. You can also >>register in advance here.
Hungarian Centre
We would like to share with you the Newsletter of the Hungarian Centre of ITI, edited by Anna Lakos, and translated by Attila Szabó. This newsletter shows all activities led by the Hungarian Centre during 2017 and the future projects for 2018.
>>Please click here to read it.
New Centre
The new UK Centre of the International Theatre Institute has been appointed by the Executive Council, reconnecting the United Kingdom with ITI after the previous Centre was closed down in 2013. The UK ITI office is at Morecambe Fringe, which is based in the West End area of Morecambe in the North West of England. The new organization plans a growing calendar of activities with partnerships all over the UK and the rest of the world where there are performing arts - and also where there are none. ITI is very excited about this new Centre and we are looking forward to our future collaborations! For more information please visit the UK Centre page on the ITI Website at:
International Festival of Theatre and Puppets
From 2 November to 2 December 2017, the 16th edition of the International Festival of Theatre and Puppets of Ouagadougou (FITMO) will be held successively in Burkina Faso, Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo and Niger, under the theme “sustainable human development”. Created in 1989 by the Burkinabé Centre of the International Theatre Institute in partnership with the Union of Dramatic Ensembles of Ouagadougou (UNEDO), this festival became, after 28 years of continuous activities, a reference in the African cultural agenda. The 2017 edition of FITMO will bring together around 40 African and European artistic companies from Ouagadougou (theatre, puppets, dance, music, storytelling, etc.), professional meetings, training workshops, and a symposium. The festival will continue after this first stage in the other four countries in a dynamic artistic collaboration.
2018 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama
The Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Cyprus Centre of the International Theatre Institute and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (the “Οrganisers”), announce the “2018 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama”, which will be held during the entire month of July 2018, in Cyprus. The 22nd edition of the “International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama” is part of the celebrations of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, 2018. All proposals from theatre groups or individuals expressing interest in participating in the “2018 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama” should be submitted using the form available at The deadline for submissions is 11 December 2017.
International Scientific Conference
The Faculty of Dramatic Arts of Belgrade, Serbia, is organizing an International Scientific Conference with the theme Theatre between politics and policies: new challenges, on 23 and 24 March 2018. They invite academics, artists, theatre practitioners, and students to propose paper/project presentations, thematic panel sessions, or workshops in these areas, or to suggest other innovative and provocative themes. Proposals should be submitted to email: theatreconference(at) The deadline for proposals is 31 December 2017 and notifications of acceptance will be sent on 5 February 2018. >>For more information please click here, and for questions please contact jovana.karaulic(at)
The ITI and the Congress websites are being updated with most the important decisions made during the Congress. The new Committee Reports that state the future plans and present the new boards are already online. Please have a look here: The new Executive Council Members are also online The pictures of the Congress are now available at: The DG is also preparing a complete Congress Report with exhaustive information, pictures and contacts.
World Theatre Ambassadors
After introducing the first World Theatre Ambassadors during the 32nd ITI World Congress in 2008, in Madrid, and selecting key personalities from theatre all over the world in the past eight years, two new World Theatre Ambassadors were selected and presented during the Congress in Segovia. Paloma Pedrero from Spain and Philip Arnoult from USA. Paloma Pedrero has honoured ITI with their presence at the Award Ceremony. Philip Arnault was represented by William Wadsworth.
World Dance Ambassadors
In order to benefit from the invaluable and enthusiastic support of some of the world’s most highly distinguished figures of dance as well, the Executive Council of ITI has selected the first ever World Dance Ambassadors: Alicia Alonso from Cuba and Cristina Hoyos from Spain. ITI is especially honoured that the legendary dancer and dance educator Alicia Alonso has accepted to be the first World Dance Ambassador. Her presence at the Ceremony during the Congress was definitely one of the highlights of the 35th ITI World Congress in Segovia.
New Partner Organizations
ITI is proud to welcome the following New Partner Organizations: International Music Council (IMC) More information:, European Federation of Professional Circus Schools (FEDEC) More information: and World Mime Organization (WMO) More information:
New Honorary Members
At the Award Ceremony after the General Assembly, new ITI Honorary Members have been presented based upon their long-lasting support and commitment to ITI.
Christina BABOU-PAGOURELI, Greece
Ann Mari ENGEL, Sweden
Cecile GUIDOTE ALVAREZ, Philippines
Christoph HAERING, Switzerland
Nicole LECLERCQ, Belgium
György LENGYEL, Hungary
Henrik NEUBAUER, Slovenia
Yoko ODAGIRI, Japan
Marcio SOUZA, Brazil
Abhi SUBHEDI, Nepal
Hybrid Theatre Platform
The Hybrid Theatre Platform is currently attracting lots of interest- why not take a look yourself? You can begin the ‘VERTICAL OF THE ROLE’ COURSE online at any time. You can start with the free, no-commitment TRY OUT course and then progress to the full course, in dialogue with a teacher. You can then complete the course with a practical seminar, which will take place in Berlin between 27 November and 3 December 2017. Specialised training and individual feedback supports actors to experience the so-called ‘light of the role’. Collaborative work with colleagues will inspire you and open up new perspectives. >>For more information please click here.
>>Start the course online here.
The next International Director’s and Trainers’ Colloquium
The next International Directors’ and Trainers’ Colloquium will take place in Berlin from 3 to 7 January 2018. Dr Jurij Alschitz has suggested a Link to the Roots - The Role. How can radical innovation of training methods build on the foundations of the dramatic arts? What is still important and how to convey it? Dr Jurij Alschitz has studied with J. N. Malkowski, who was taught personally by Stanislavski, as well as with the Russian pedagogical legend Mikhail Budkewitsch. At this colloquium, we will investigate the roots of the art of acting in relation to new methods of teaching. The colloquium builds on intensive preparation and active participation. The discussion will first begin on our hybrid platform. >>For more information please click here.
Toolkit for ITI Centres – Tools for Opening and Running a Centre
For quite a while the members of the General Secretariat assembled all the available information that concerns the opening and running of an ITI Centre and put it together in a publication.. It answers questions such as: Who founded ITI? What is the procedure to open a Centre? What are the ongoing artistic, educational and humanistic activities of ITI? How to go about to approach a National UNESCO Commission? What are the tools for increasing membership? Etc. The Toolkit for ITI Centres is available in English, French and Spanish. Please write to info(at) so that we can send you a copy in the language(s) of your choice. The publication exists in PDF format.
Residency program in Performance Creation
The ITI Croatia Centre in collaboration with the Network of Emerging Arts Professionals of ITI will host a residency program in Performance Creation at the ITI Croatia Centre’s annual program, the International Drama Colony in Istria, Croatia in July 2018. The residency program will be for one week and it will involve workshops in acting (Chekhov method of acting) and in playwriting. Participants will explore the theme of Conflict from diverse perspectives. The deadline for application submission is 1 November 2017, and results will be announced in December 2017. For more information contact Taiwo Afolabi taiwoafolabi4(at) and Nina Krizan nina.krizan5(at)

>>For more information please click here.
The World Theatre Map
The World Theatre Map is a user-generated directory and a real time map of the global theatre community. This project features information about all kinds of theatre practitioners, theatre organizations, and productions. Similar to Wikipedia, anyone can add information and edit the Map. Currently, the project is in English and Spanish and features thousands of people, organizations, and their shows around the world. The purpose of the World Theatre Map is to connect the global theatre community and to facilitate conversation, knowledge sharing, and movement building. It’s an ever-growing map of the global theatre infrastructure, the art we make and the people in our theatre community. For more information please contact: Vijay Mathew: vijay(at) or >>visit:
Call for applications for the categories of Storytelling, Dance, Stand-up Comedy, Music and Theater
2018 will be the 25th year of MASA. The 10th edition of the Market for African Performing Arts (MASA) will be held in Abidjan from 10 to 17 March 2018. The application materials to submit for the MASA Festival are the same as those for the official selection. Applications must be sent to MASA by November 30, 2017. For more information, please visit:
It is with sadness that we inform you that the devoted artist, highly involved in ITI, Carlos During, has passed away. Carlos During was an active member of the Mexican Centre of ITI, and member of the former Committee for Cultural Identity and Development (CIDC), for more than 10 years. He always worked closely with indigenous peoples and local theatre people in his area of operation.
>>To read the full obituary written by his friend Alexander Stillmark, please click here.
It is with the regrets that ITI also inform you that Humberto Orsini has passed away. He was a renowned Venezuelan playwright. Vice-President of the Venezuelan Federation of Theatre, a body attached to the Venezuelan Centre of ITI, he became President of the Venezuelan Centre of ITI. In 1965 he was appointed as a member of the Executive Council of ITI, and a few months later he rose to the position of Vice President of ITI. Orsini has further served as chairman of the Committee for Cultural Identity and Development and as a member of the Committee for Theatre Education. He also wrote the World Theatre Day Message in 1995. >>To read the World Theatre Day Message in 1995 by Humberto Orsini, please click here.
Call for Participation in Intercultural Conference with the theme “Theatre Wars: Return of the Artist”
The Intercultural Theatre Institute of Singapore is holding their triennial Asian Intercultural Conference, which will take place from 27 to 30 November 2017, in Singapore. This year’s theme is “Theatre Wars: Return of the Artist”. To find out more about the >>list of topics please click here
and please >>click here to see the lineup of speakers.
>>The link to register is here. Enquiries can be sent to aic(at)
Fuad Al-Shatti – Posthumous Acknowledgement as Honorary Member of ITI
In tribute to Fuad Al-Shatti, in recognition of his years of service and commitment to ITI, the Honorary Member of ITI Certificate was given to his son, Ahmed Fuad Al-Shatti, during the inaugural Fuad Al-Shatti Theatre Forum, a conference with performances, organized by the Arab Theatre of Kuwait. The title was bestowed to him in 2013 by the Executive Council of ITI.