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The Grand ITI 70th Anniversary Celebration
2018 marks the 70th Anniversary since the foundation of the International Theatre Institute in 1948. To commemorate this special milestone we have decided to name 2018 ‘The Year of ITI’, and plan to hold many events and ceremonies throughout the year. One of these events is a four-day festival on Hainan Island, China, from the 23-26 November 2018: The Grand ITI 70th Anniversary Celebration. Please click here to read the official invitation for the leaders of the ITI Centres and Cooperating Members in English, French and Spanish. Here are some information about Hainan in English, French and Spanish. In order to make this event extra special, we would like for as many of you to attend as possible. Please click here to register in English here to register in French and here in Spanish. The deadline to register is 24 May 2018.
International Dance Day 2018 Celebration
This year, the International Dance Day Celebration will happen at the Gran Teatro Alicia Alonso in Havana, Cuba, on Sunday, 29 April.
For this celebration, in keeping with the spirit of our anniversary celebrations, ITI will have 5 Message authors, each from one of the 5 different UNESCO Regions (Africa, the Americas, the Arab Countries, Asia Pacific, and Europe). The five message authors are leading lights within their respective regions, are sure to offer valuable insights to the state of global dance through their messages. They will all be present on stage to read their message on Sunday 29 April. >>Please click here to read the brochure of the event in English and >>here to read it in Spanish. To see the programme in English please click here and in Spanish please click here.
International Dance Day 2018
The Executive Council of ITI together with the International Dance Committee of ITI are happy to announce the selected five message authors for International Dance Day 2018:

Africa : Salia SANOU, Burkina Faso
Arab countries: Georgette GEBARA, Lebanon
Asia Pacific: Willy TSAO, Hong Kong, China
Europe: Ohad NAHARIN, Israel
The Americas: Marianela BOAN, Cuba

Please click here: to discover the messages.

We urge you to translate all the messages in your language and send us the translated version (including the name of the translator).
2018 – The Year of ITI – 70th Anniversary of the International Theatre Institute
Creation of a Special Calendar on the ITI Websites
Please let us know if you are organizing a Celebration event or if you are organizing festivals, conferences, workshops, seminars, a showcase, etc. that are part of ITI´s 70th Anniversary celebrations.
Please send the information well in advance to info(at) so that we can put it on the ITI Website and make the ITI members aware. >>Please click here to see the map.
Vive ITI!
2018 is the year of ITI. Let´s celebrate it, including both artists and audiences, and increase the visibility of ITI.
Anniversary Logo in your language
As mentioned before, the General Secretariat offers the ITI Centres the opportunity to create the logo in their native language(s). If you want the logo, please send an email to info(at) and attach a Word file with the text in your language.
World Theatre Day 2018
The World Theatre Day 2018 Celebration, as part of the 70th ITI Anniversary, took place at the main UNESCO hall in Paris and was a great success, receiving many plaudits from the Parisian and International audience. The 5 Message Authors, being 5 esteemed theatre personalities from the 5 UNESCO regions, offered plenty of food for thought through the reading of their messages on stage. To see the pictures of the event, please click here. To read the event report, please 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) and we will send you the high-resolution version for quality print.
Africa-Wide Open Call for Theatre Directors Apprenticeship
Silent Voices Uganda is pleased to announce that their 2018 Theatre Production Apprenticeship Programme is going continental. After two successful annual programmes that train creatives and theatre enthusiasts in Uganda, the programme has grown to cover Africa. As part of our goal to reach broader creative market across Africa, through training and development of high quality theatre production, Silent Voices Uganda is inviting individuals to apply for this innovative, hands-on theatre experience. Open to aspiring and beginner creative directors, the programme shall task both experienced and aspiring creative directors with training, to develop an internationally competitive theatre production, under the patronages of Silent Voices Uganda, by the end of the programme.
The deadline for submission is 1 May 2018. Participants will be selected as the applications come in to help give selected Applicants enough time to prepare. This means the earlier you apply, the higher your chances of being accepted are. For more information and to apply please click here.
The 26th India Theatre Olympiad: International Theatre Festival
The 26th India Theatre Olympiad: International Theatre Festival – 2018 will be organized in the millennium city of Cuttack, Orissa state, situated on the eastern coast of India, from 1 to 10 September, 2018.
This International event will provide a wonderful platform, a small world stage, for countries to strengthen ties with the people of India. Forging bonds through the performing arts is a wonderful tool to help young people develop self-confidence, self-esteem and understanding of one another. It is also a great way to promote peace, understanding and empathy in an otherwise intolerant world by forging national integrity, international amity and universal brotherhood through cross-cultural synthesis and social assimilation.
Please click here to read the invitation letter, here to open the Application Form and here to read the General Rules and Registration procedures. The deadline to apply is 15 June 2018
International conference - The Theatre in/and Conflict Zones
As part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of ITI, the Slovak Centre of ITI is organizing an international conference called The Theatre in/and Conflict Zones during their annual festival of New Drama - taking place from 14 to 19 May. The conference as a special activity of the festival will be held on 17 May 2018. >>For more information please click here.
Open Call for Publications in ITI info
Short guidelines for Publications for ITI-info, dedicated to the 70th anniversary of ITI. The idea is to represent Arabian, African, Asian, European and American wonderful Faces of Theatre. Please, contribute your love and pride, your thoughts and knowledge to the joint non-commercial project. Here on pages of the magazine we meet each other again, but with a lot of necessary information to make new contacts and share new channels of collaboration. >>For more information please check the call here.
Estonian Theatre Festival DRAAMA 2018: Baltic Forum
On behalf Estonian Theatre Agency, we are glad to invite you to Estonian Theatre Festival DRAAMA 2018: Baltic Forum, which takes place from 3 to 9 September 2018 in Tartu, Estonia
This year's festival is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. To mark the centennial, the Estonian Association of Performing Arts Institutions is bringing the century-long story of the Republic of Estonia to the stage. The project is called “Tale of the Century“. All productions will be created in cooperation between at least two theatre companies – one big and one small – bringing together 22 organizations.
The festival provides accommodation and complimentary festival tickets for foreign guests, but does not cover travel fees. Please send a short introduction of yourself to apply to Liisi Aibel, liisi(at) The deadline is 15 May 2018. For more information please click here.
The Carthage Puppetry Art Days
The first edition of Carthage Puppetry Arts Days will be held in Tunis from 22 to 29 September 2018. On this occasion, the organizing committee announces a call for applications to all professional structures and companies interested in participating in this event. The approved applications will be funded by the board of Carthage Puppetry Arts Days in terms of accommodation, catering, and internal transport; international transport is the responsibility of the participants. For more information please click here. To read the Call please click here and to download the application form please click here
First International Ballet Competition in Mongolia
The registration for the 1st International Ballet Competition in Mongolia is now open for the Pre Junior (12-14 years old) the Junior (15-18 years old) and the Senior (19-29 years old).
To get all the info please check at:
The deadline to register is 15 May 2018. If you have any questions, please send an email to: president(at)
2018 SIBMAS Conference
SIBMAS (International Association of Libraries, Museums, Archives and Documentation Centres of the Performing Arts) and the Organizational Committee are looking forward to welcoming you to Paris for our 2018 SIBMAS Conference which will take place from 5 to 8 June 2018.
The theme of the conference invites us to reflect on projects and working practices which involve collaboration, working together for the common goal of saving performance heritage. The programme includes lectures, papers and round tables, as well as social events (receptions, exhibitions, performances and excursions) and visits to institutions related to the heritage of the performing arts.
Registration is open from now until 30 April. Feel free to register and participate in this event. We look forward to meeting you next June.
A Tryout Workshop: Evaluating a New Play as a Theatrical Text
This tryout workshop in the context of the Analogio Festival, in Athens 2018, is a new way of exposing an unknown dramatic text, not merely as literary drama, but as a live theatrical text, open to variable interpretations and conceptions, both on the verbal level – subject to various translations (in case of a foreign play) – and on the staging level – recognizing several directing and acting approaches, including inter-cultural and multi-media. In this manner, the merits of the play, not merely as reading material, but as a holistic actable piece that evokes interactive relations with several possibilities to interpret will be explored. In a world in which not only material goods and information travel fast, but also cultural assets, it is important to test the universal value of a play, its capability to be adapted to differing cultural contexts of production and reception. For more information and to register please click here or contact: gkenar(at) The deadline is end of June.
Master Program in Intercultural Communication Studies at Shanghai Theatre Academy
The Shanghai Theatre Academy’s bilingual (Chinese and English) Master program in Intercultural Communication Studies recruits excellent students with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from top international and Chinese universities. This two-year English-taught program includes the required first year full-time residency and an optional second year residency for project-based internships. All students in residency are financially supported by Shanghai Theatre Academy, with scholarships (tuition, accommodation, and stipend). After the first year, when the course work is completed, students can choose where to live and intern when they write their Master theses. Duration of study for the Master degree could be extended to maximum of four years. Master theses can be written in Chinese or English. Previous knowledge of Chinese is preferred, but not a must for this program.
>>For more information please click here.
Shanghai Summer School 2018 (Beijing Opera) at Shanghai Theatre Academy
Students will study three courses: Chinese opera, Chinese culture, Chinese language. The main course is the traditional Chinese opera, which is composed of the learning of Chinese opera steps and movements, water sleeve routines, spear and sword routines, and selected scene work. Chinese culture and language are supporting courses for students to better understand the essence of traditional Chinese culture. During the program, the students will have the opportunity to see traditional Chinese opera shows and take field trips.
>>For more information and the detailed programme please click here.
Call for Artists for the Love Sharing Festival
Love Sharing Festival 2018 will focus on Migration. The Festival is open to all contemporary artists. Special attention will be paid to innovative and interdisciplinary works.
All kinds of contemporary artworks and performances are acceptable: theatre, dancing, contemporary music; street theatre and circus; visual arts, video, painting, sculpture and photography.
You can apply with either an artwork or a brief workshop (2 to 3 hours long)
>>For more information please click here.
Call for International Students
We are happy to welcome 10 international students (theatre and performance studies, dramaturgy, directing, etc.) to a showcase weekend at the MLADINSKO Theatre, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Participants will have opportunity to see the most acclaimed performances from the Mladinsko’s recent production, take part in talks, workshops and parties in the theatre club.
The programme is organized in collaboration with Ljubljana’s Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT).
Sebastijan Horvat, theatre director, professor at the AGRFT, Ljubljana, and Ana Vujanović, theorist of performing arts, lecturer at SNDO–School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, will head a series of talks, meeting with artists etc.
>>For more information please click here.
>>To read the full call please click here.
>>To apply please click here.
Prague Visitors´ Programmes
The Czech Centre of ITI, together with Prague theatres and companies, is organizing a special programme for international audiences. Experience Czech independent and progressive theatre, circus and performing arts productions within two packages in May and September 2018. Visit interesting venues and cultural centres, and experience the City of Prague, a popular tourist, cultural and historical destination. From 16 to 19 May 2018: nonverbal, experimental, physical and family theatre shows. From 19 to 22 September 2018: drama and text-based theatre shows.
>>To register please click here. Fore >>more information please visit this website.
Call for Papers for the 5th Baku International Theatre Conference
The 5th Baku International Theatre Conference will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, on 5 and 6 November under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan Republic, the National Academy of Sciences and the Azerbaijan Union of Theatre Workers. Various master-classes, workshops and training will be on offer from a host of international theatre experts. The main theme of this year’s conference, “Philosophy of Theatre in XXI century: the Concept of Existence”, will be discussed by more than 150 experts from 40 countries. For >>more information please click here or contact
Worldwide Competition for Music Theatre and new Opera
The Music Theatre NOW Network of the International Theatre Institute in cooperation with the German Centre of the ITI invites artists to make submissions to their worldwide competition for the creators of new opera and music theatre. They are looking forward to groundbreaking works from all forms of professional opera and music theatre. The jury welcomes submissions that demonstrate dynamism textually, in genre, score, or staging. We welcome works made by opera and theatre institutions, works created by festivals, or works created by individuals: the jury will appreciate a broad range of submissions that demonstrate new developments and dynamism. The deadline for submissions is June 30th 2018. >>For more information please check the call in English or visit to find out the call in different languages.
Worldwide Call for Young Theatre Artists
NEAP FEST is the first theatrical exchange festival organized by members of the Network of Emerging Artists and Professionals of the International Theatre Institute. It will take place in October 2018, at the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We invite proposals from artists and collectives with at least 70% of your members 18 to 36 years old.
Please email at or to receive submission guidelines and >>please click here for more information.
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
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.
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:
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.
III Shaki International Theatre Festival
We are happy to inform you that the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan Republic and the Executive Power of the city of Shaki holds the III Shaki International Theatre Festival (SITF) from 12 to 19 May 2018. This festival will be arranged within the framework of the State Program “Development of the Azerbaijan Theatre in 2009-2019”.
>>For more information please click here.
>>To download the application form please click here.
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
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.
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: