2018 – The Year of ITI – 70th Anniversary of the International Theatre Institute
The team of the General Secretariat wishes you a happy festive season and all the best for this special upcoming year during which we will celebrate the 70th Anniversary of ITI. 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@iti-worldwide.
2018 is the year of ITI. Let´s celebrate it, include artists and audiences, and increase the visibility of ITI.
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
International festival of Theatre and Other Performing Arts
The ITI Centre of the Congo Republic is opening on the organization of the first edition of the
FITAAS (International festival of Theatre and Other Performing Arts), that will happen from 27 to 31 March 2018. For this
upcoming festival, they are looking for theatre companies from Europe, Maghreb, West Africa and two from Central Africa.
The file to be provided for any theatre company that wishes to participate must include:
• the biography of the author, the director, the actors (along with an ID photo for each);
• the synopsis of the show and the creative process;
• a stage photo;
• the technical sheet with precision for the sound and light requirements;
• a video capture of the show;
• the presentation of the company (indicating the name, the date of creation, the number of productions made, the complete address, ...).
The number of members of the troupe (comedians, directors and technicians) must not exceed five (05).
Please send your file no later than 01 February 2018 to: iticongobrazza(at)yahoo.fr or ylewalet(at)gmail.com.
Award of Nube Sandoval And Bernardo Rey
Nube Sandoval And Bernardo Rey, Directors Of Theatre Cenit – were awarded by the National Association of Theatre Critics (ANCT) and Catarsi-Theatres of Diversity (European Review) on the 12th December 2017, in Rome, Italy.
The award ceremony, established by the European review "Catarsi-Theatres of Diversities" directed by Vito Minoia, was held on 12 December 2017 at the Teatro Argentina in Rome as part of the prestigious initiative of the Critics Award organised by the National Association of Theatre Critics presided by Giulio Baffi, on the occasion of the opening day of the Europa Theatre Prize.
Support "Theatre as a Bridge"
After 20 years of working internationally with refugees who have experienced torture, the Ellen Stewart Award Winners Nube Sandoval and Bernardo Rey, based in Colombia are finally building the headquarters of "Theater as Bridge" in the heart of the Sierra Nevada, in Minca, Colombia. It will be a space dedicated to resilience, art and ecology. A space to heal the invisible wounds opened by the conflict, through empowerment and the strengthening of a sense of belonging.
They are launching a campaign and need your support for their project "Theatre as a Bridge". They are doing great work in using theatre as an instrument for social transformation.
>>For giving donations over Crowd Funding please click here. >>For the video of their campaign please click here.
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.
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:
UNESCO Global Report 2018: Re-Shaping Cultural Policies
The launch of UNESCO’s 2018 Global Report took place at the UNESCO headquarters on 14 December.
Since 2015, the report series examines how the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural
Expressions (2005) has inspired policy change at the global and country level and puts forward policy recommendations for the
adaptation of cultural policies to rapid change in the digital environment, based on human rights and fundamental freedoms
of expression. For the first time reports and recommendations from Civil Society Organizations have been added. ITI’s
representative at the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, Cornelia Dümcke, was
a member of the international CSO working group for this report.
Report (252 pages) and a short Summary are free accessible at the UNESCO site in English and French.
ITI Germany yearbook 2017 is published
• Freedom and democracy - these are the values, which must be defended worldwide -
Especially in the past year the rights and the freedom of artists were seriously threatened and restrained by the raising populism and religious
fanatism. On the occasion of the many censorship actions in Poland, Hungary or Russia (which massively restricted the artists in their work
opportunities) the annual of ITI for 2017 is focusing on the symptomatical developments of nationalism and populism, which try to hinder a
democratic and culturally open togetherness. The new yearbook is thematically continuing the row of the past two annuals of ITI „Understanding“
(2015) und „Who is Europe?“ (2016). >>The annual is accessible here.
XXX National Encounter of Theatre Lovers
The Mexican Centre of ITI is happy to share with you the programme of the XXX National Encounter of
Theatre Lovers that will be held from 6 to 28 January 2018 In Mexico City. That will be the first celebration of the 70th
Anniversary of ITI from the Mexican Centre. For this event, more than 49 theatre companies from all over the world will
perform. >>Please click here to see the programme.
7th Colombo International Theatre Festival
The Colombo International Theatre Festival is an annual event hosted by IAA. This is one of the
biggest opportunities for the performers of the world to unite and perform. The motto of the festival – Let’s get the hearts
together to tie the knot of Camaraderie, unity and tranquillity through dance, drama, workshops and Meeting. For the 7th
edition that will happens in from 5 to 12 July 2018 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, they are looking for application for performances.
>>Please click here for more information and to fill up the application form. The deadline is 25 January 2018.
2018 Dramatic Arts Workshop in Sri Lanka
This workshop was born out of a collaborative conceptualisation between Sri Lanka and the Philippines
as one of the umbrella projects of Dramaturgy Education Exchange Programme, the flagship programme of IPF which originated
from the Philippines. The Dramatic Arts Workshop was the very first capability building/training received by Sri Lankan
theatre artists after decades of struggle between the theatre community and the government. In continuation of the effort
to strengthen the theatre arts community in Sri Lanka, the 2018 Dramatic Arts Workshop will be conducted from 21 to 27 March
2018. >>More details can be found here.
16th edition of the HIGH FEST International Performing Arts Festival
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)fdu.bg.ac.rs. 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
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: www.iti-worldwide.org/committees.html.
The new Executive Council Members are also online www.iti-worldwide.org/executivecouncil.html.
The pictures of the Congress are now available at: www.iti-congress.org/day1.html. 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: www.imc-cim.org, European Federation of Professional Circus Schools (FEDEC) More information: www.fedec.eu and World Mime Organization (WMO) More information: www.worldmime.org.
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
Emilya CACHAPERO, USA
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
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)iti-worldwide.org so that we can send you a copy in the language(s) of your choice. The publication exists in PDF format.
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)howlround.com or >>visit: https://www.worldtheatremap.org
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.
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.