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Macedonia FYROM Centre of ITI: ‘Lady with a Hat’ – Masa Ogrizek in Skopje, 27-31 May 2019
The Macedonia FYROM Centre ITI will host the Slovenian author for children’s books - Masa Ogrizek. Masa will present her work in front of a Macedonian audience made up of publishers, writers, illustrators, readers, and youth theatre makers. She will open the questions about the old characters included in her books for children; why she adores luggage bags and hats; how she writes script for silent comics; why certain stories are better told through animals; why she loves curiosity and joy; and much else besides. Authors will project illustrations from her books during presentations.
Awards for Excellence in International Theatre and Dance, London, 2019
On 08 April 2019 dignitaries gathered at the Travellers Club, Pall Mall, London, to offer awards as part of World Theatre Day and International Dance Day Celebrations.
The Award of Excellence for International Dance went to the choreographer Russell Maliphant.
The Award of Excellence for International Theatre went to the theatre director and playwright Barney Norris, whose award was handed out by Neville Shulman, CBE.
16th Seoul International Dance Competition SIDC 2019
The Seoul International Cultural Foundation, supported by ITI, are proud to inform you about the upcoming event: the 16th Seoul International Dance Competition (SIDC) 2019.
SIDC is held over four-categories, Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Ethnic Dance, and Choreography. The event itself however is about far more than just competition, including as it does Workshops led by international dance experts, educational networking, and the chance to get to know dance peers from across the world in a programme stretching from late April to late July 2019 (dates to be officially confirmed).
>>For a run through of the programme, and to see how you can enter the competition in a category, please click here and >>here for the call in full + a provisional schedule. The deadline for entries is 25 May 2019.
Connecting Culture’s Hearts and Minds: Shakespeare in China, Conferences in Zhengzhou and Beijing
Shakespeare’s Globe are pleased to announce a pair of Conferences for teachers, educators, policy-makers and Shakespeare academics under the title ‘Connecting Culture’s Hearts and Minds: Shakespeare in China’. The first conference will happen in Zhengzhou, China on the 6 July 2019. The second will take place in Beijing on 13 July 2019.
For more information as to how you can get involved, click >>Zhengzhou or >>Beijing for the relevant flyer.
Stretch 2019 – Turku, Finland October 2019
STRETCH 2019 brings together dance professionals - artists, producers, students, researchers, managers, pedagogues – from the Nordic, Baltic and European countries, and aims to tackle urgent issues in the dance field. The encounter is built on the experience and community that was created during the earlier keðja encounters.
>>For more information and to see how to register, please click here.
Physical Action on Stage - International Workshops 26-31 August 2019
Art Berlin wish to announce their Physical Action on Stage International Workshops, as six-day event from 26-31 August 2019 in Berlin, Germany.
The international programme is aimed at practicing theatre directors, choreographers and performing arts practitioners who are interested in practical investigations of performance making and physical theatre.
Those interested in getting involved can >>visit their Facebook page by clicking here.
PQ+ Programme Announced as part of the Prague Quadrennial
PQ+ offers the audiences a programme of contemporary performing arts with focus on scenography. Visitors will have the opportunity to attend Czech and international productions in experimental and physical theatre, dance, performance and installations, as well as exhibitions or guided tours. PQ+ offers also visits of outstanding centers for contemporary progressive and interdisciplinary art in Prague.
All productions are either free of language barriers or have English interpretation or subtitles, allowing all visitors the opportunity to visit outstanding centres for contemporary progressive and experimental art in Prague.
>>For full information on the different aspects of PQ+ at the Prague Quadrennial, please click here, >>visit their website, or email martina.peckova-cerna(at)
Call for Entries: Luigi Riccoboni International Commedia Dell’Arte Masterclass
The organisers of the “Luigi Riccoboni” International Commedia dell’Arte Masterclass, conceived and developed by Antonio Audino, Federico Corona, and the Institute of Theatre and Opera of the Giorgio Cini Foundation, are proud to announce the commencement of the selection of 20 participants for their Commedia Dell’Arte Masterclass, which will take place at the Giorgio Cini Foundation, Venice, from 26 August – 1 September 2019.
>>For more information about terms and conditions for applicants plus a full run-down of the event, please click here.
Karima MANSOUR, Egypt – International Dance Day Message Author for 2019
Invitation to Promote and Celebrate International Dance Day 2019
ITI takes great pride in announcing that Karima Mansour from Egypt, the outstanding dancer, choreographer and dance educator, has been selected to write the message for 2019. International Dance Day is an event to be celebrated all over the world on 29 April.
>>For more information about message author biography and message, please click here.
If you create an event for International Dance Day, please send the information about the time, location and programme of your event, to news(at) so that it will be uploaded to the virtual worldwide celebration map.
World Theatre Day 2019 Celebration in Rome and Pesaro, Italy
We are happy to announce that the main Celebration of World Theatre Day 2019 will held in Rome and Pesaro, Italy. The programme contains three parts spread over two days, 26 - 27 March. For the programme of Rome please click here and for the programme of Pesaro please click here .
One of the featured aspects of the event is the celebration in a prison in Pesaro. It also involves an award ceremony for a children's play-writing competition “Scrivere Il Teatro” and a main ceremony where the message will be read out by Carlos Celdran.
We believe that this is a unique moment, allowing ITI to take the magic of theatre to marginalized groups and young people. This will strengthen our dedication to encourage communication and mutual understanding through the arts for all people all over the world.
Carlos CELDRAN, Cuba – World Theatre Day Message Author for 2019
Invitation to Promote and Celebrate World Theatre Day 2019
It is our great pleasure and honour to announce that Carlos CELDRAN from Cuba, the outstanding stage director, playwright and theatre educator, has been selected to write the message for 2019.
Here you find the original message in Spanish (original), English and French. Additionally, you find the biography in Spanish (original), English and French, How to Celebrate World Theatre Day Event English and French and the photo by Laura Ramos that is copyright-free (but the photographer needs to be mentioned in usage).
For more information, please visit our website. If you create an event for World Theatre Day, please send the information about time, location and programme of your event, to news(at) so that it will be found on the virtual map.
In addition to this, we ask for you to send video footage of you or a theatre personality from your country reading the message in your language. This can then be used on the ITI Website or at the Event. Please send your videos to news(at)

Further Attachment
Photo by Laura Ramos (royalty free) Picture Named Carlos Celdrán
The Director General’s Congress Report
35th ITI World Congress, 14 to 22 July 2017, Segovia/Spain
The Director General’s Congress Report (35th ITI World Congress) is now available in English and French for download.
>>Please click here to download different versions.
2019 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama Programme Announcement
The Cyprus Centre of ITI, along with the Cypriot Ministry of Education and Culture and the Cypriot Ministry of Tourism are pleased to be able to announce the programme of events for the 2019 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama, which will run from the 28 June – 27 July 2019. The 23rd edition of the festival has seen six theatre groups selected to present performances at Paphos Ancient Odeon, Curium Ancient Theatre and “Skali” Amphitheatre in Aglantzia. >>To read the full press release click here. >>To view the programme click here.
14th Edition of the Operadagen Rotterdam 17-26 May 2019
The 14th Edition of Operadagen Rotterdam 14th has taken inspiration for part of its programme from International Women’s Day, as the event intends to celebrate the works of 15 female composers over a ten-day festival from 17-26 May 2019.Works including a portrait of feminist author Sylvia Plath, the impressive life story of the African-American freedom fighter Harriet Tubman, and life from behind a niqab, based on the work of three Afghan Women poets, will be shown at the event, alongside many other productions.
To read the >>full press-release of the women specific part of the event, please click here. To view >>information on the rest of the activities click here. >>To purchase tickets please visit the Operadagen Website.
Iranian Center of ITI Calls for Participation for three Festivals for 2019 & 2020
The Iranian Centre of ITI - the Dramatic Arts Centre of Iran - are pleased to announce some events for everyone to get involved with.
2019 sees both the 14th International Street Theatre Festival, from 23 to 27 August in Marivan, and the 26th International Theatre Festival for Children and Young Adults, 10-15 November 2019 in Hamevan, take place.
Preparations are also underway for the 38th Fadjr International Theatre Festival from 1-11 February 2020 in Tehran. They are looking for applications from participants for all three events, specifically theatre companies, performers, workshop leaders, lecturers and essayists who wish to participate. >>Application forms can be found here. The deadline for applications to each event is exactly 40 days before they start.
For more information, contact dramatic.artcenter.iran(at) or >>visit their website by clicking here.
FITMO – Festival International de Théâtre et de Marionnettes de Ouagadougou – Call for Participation
The 17th edition of FITMO (Festival International de Théâtre et de Marionnettes de Ouagadougou) will take place from July to November 2019 across many African Countries under the theme ‘Social Cohesion of Arts and Integration of Peoples’.
For the Burkina Faso part of the Festival, the Burkinabe Centre of ITI are calling for artistic propositions (spectacles, performances, workshops, exhibitions, masterclasses etc), about theatre, from artists or groups from all over the world.
Applications should be sent by 27 June 2019. Documents should include:
- a document about the performance or a video.
- a document and a portfolio for the proposed workshop or master class.
Please send your proposition to fitmofestival(at)
For full information, please click >>here for an English version or >>here for a French one.
European Theatre Academy 2019 – Workshops and Masterclasses during the Festival d’Avignon 3-7 July 2019
The fifth edition of the ETC’s – European Theatre Convention - European Theatre Academy will again take place during the Festival d’Avignon at the beginning of July 2019. It will offer four days of masterclasses and workshops focusing on the different aspects of curating and managing international theatre collaborations.
The European Theatre Academy is specifically designed for theatre professionals at the beginning of their careers, with potential and ambition to grow internationally. The programme they run will be from the 3-7 July 2019, and the deadline for registering is 22 April 2019. >>For full information, including terms and conditions, please click here.
Discover UNESCO Platform for Cultural Policies
UNESCO's Policy Monitoring Platform supports evidence-based policy making for the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions in the hope of creating more informed, transparent and participatory systems of governance for culture. A new platform detailing their Innovative practices is now available for you all to look at and get involved with. >>To further explore, please click here.
Mitambo International Theatre Festival, Zimbabwe 2019
The Zimbabwe Theatre Academy in partnership with the Network of Emerging Arts Professionals, Zimbabwe Centre of the International Theatre Institute and Africalia are pleased to be able to announce the creation of the Mitambo International Theatre Festival.
The inaugural edition will run from 8-12 October 2019 in Harare, Zimbabwe, and hopes to comprise both local and international performances and workshops. Mitambo, a Shona word for ‘plays’, truly encapsulates what the festival is about; a platform through which local communities can access and celebrate the diversity of cultural identity and artistic expression.
Call for Participation at the 19th World Duo Performing Arts Competition, 27 Oct – 17 Nov 2019
The World Duo Performing Arts Festival is now seeking participant applications for their 19th festival, which will take place from 27 October – 17 November 2019 in Seoul, Korea. The WDPAF’s primary objective is to share a theatrical study on communication between one another, and its competition is a unique and highly valued world art festival.
Any submission must contain a work involving two (2) actors. Submissions must include a transcript, an introduction to the work, the applicant’s history and a full profile of the artists. To submit an application, or to get further information, please contact ray3378(at) by the deadline of 30 April 2019. Successful applicants will receive a small invitation fee, as well as meals and lodging.
Three Calls from the Shanghai Theatre Academy: Call for Students Summer School on Beijing Opera / Shanghai Theatre Academy
Students will study three courses: Chinese Opera, Chinese Culture, and Chinese Language. The intensive course will run from 17 June to 7 July 2019. Tuition, accommodation and meals will be provided by the Shanghai Theatre Academy. Visa costs and travel must be covered by participating students. Open to international students. Contact: Shirley ZOU micgirl(at) or sta_international(at) >>For full information please click here.

Summer School Belt and Road Art Talent Training Programme / Shanghai Theatre Accademy
Students will explore the effects that the ancient Silk Road has had on the artistic culture of China, with specific focus on opera and music. This programme runs from the 10 June to 5 July 2019. Open to international students. Contact: Shirley ZOU micgirl(at) or sta_international(at) >>Information (in English and Chinese), plus terms and conditions.

Intercultural Communications Studies MA Programme / Shanghai Theatre Academy The Shanghai Theatre Academy is creating an MA Programme in Intercultural Communication Studies. This two-year English-taught programme includes the required first year full-time residency and an optional second year residency for project-based internships. Open to international students. Contact: Shirley ZOU micgirl(at) or sta_international(at) >>For full information please click here.
70th Anniversary Celebration
The General Secretariat prepared a report of the main event. For those who have not yet received it, you can look into the activities that happened in Haikou. >>Please click here to check it. It is also available in Chinese. If you want to receive it in Chinese, please write to info(at)
Call for Entry to the 14th International Street Theatre Festival in Marivan, Iran
The Iranian Centre of ITI - the Dramatic Arts Centre of Iran - is pleased to announce the 14th International Street Theatre Festival from 23 to 27 of August 2019 in Marivan, Iran. They are now looking for applications from participants, specifically theatre companies, performers, workshop leaders, lecturers and essayists who wish to participate. Applications should be sent by airmail to the Secretariat of the Festival, at Vahdat Hall, Ostad Shahryar Street, Hafez Ave., Tehran, 1133914934 Iran. The deadline for doing so is the 10 July, 2019. For more information, contact dramatic.artcenter.iran(at) or >>visit their website by clicking here.
Open call for actors
Discover ALthattheatre, an innovative project of self-development for the artist. This is a chance to explore the most complex ideas and questions about the Theatre and your place within its sphere. The aim is not to pass on knowledge, but to engage everyone in the development of knowledge for each individual to become a master. The project consists of several weeks of self-preparation already in dialogue with a teacher followed by three work-intensive weeks in Sestola (Italy) conducted by Jurij Alschitz and his team of teachers. This methodological experiment is limited to a selected number of participants to allow for each artist’s individuality to shine through and continuously develop.
>>Please find here the words of Jurij Alschitz himself explaining his ideas in more detail, and >>here the link to apply.
The 4th International Experimental Theatre Festival, in Hanoi (Vietnam), 2019
The Vietnamese Centre of ITI organizes an International Experimental Theatre Festival every third year. In 2019, the 4th Festival will be held in October in Hanoi. Artistic groups and individuals from all over the world are invited to apply for it. This festival will be a good opportunity to share and exchange theatrical experiences, and to renew and strengthen relationships with local and international artists, which should help with professional improvement, cultural and artistic development as well as international integration. >>For more information please click here.
>>To apply please click here.
The deadline for applications is 30 May 2019.
Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in “Performing Arts Practice in Conflict Zones” at Accademia Teatro Dimitri
We are pleased to inform you that Accademia Teatro Dimitri (Switzerland) is offering a new course of study. In a globalized world in which the consequences of violence, war, and discrimination have become an integral part of our lives, politics is created with angst, demarcation, and isolation determining everyday life. The CAS Performing Arts Practice in Conflict Zones offers an opportunity to open new spaces of reflection and action.
The CAS is developed in collaboration with the Goethe Institute North Iraq and the Swiss Center of ITI. It is aimed at professional artists from Europe as well as from the Kurdish areas in Iraq and Syria who want to bring their performing arts practice in local and international conflict and crisis zones. For further information and inscription please check: (Education/ Advanced Studies)
Salon of Theatrical Book in Madrid
The Croatian Centre of ITI participated at the Salon of Theatrical Book in Madrid organized by the Spanish Association of dramaturges (Autoras y Autores de Teatro – AAT), the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sport and the Spanish Dramatic Centre (Centro Dramático Nacional, CDN). Croatia was represented by Željka Turčinović, president of the Croatian Centre of ITI, playwrights Tena Štivičić and Ivor Martinić, and Nikolina Židek, the translator. For this program the Croatian Centre of ITI presented a publication of Teatro Croata in Spanish language with play “Three winters” by Tena Štivičić.
>>For more information please click here.
9th National Dance Competition with the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Argentinian Council of Dance
The Argentine Dance Council, Cooperating Member of ITI, is happy to share with you the celebration of its 40th anniversary that happen on 3 September. The 9th National Dance Competition “Consejo Argentino de la Danza Paloma Herrera Award” began with a preselection of 300 applicants in different regions of Argentina by a jury appointed and sent by the CAD (in March). Then, the 1st round through videos also selected by another jury (in July). The 2nd and 3rd round live presentation in Buenos Aires city (in September). The total number of participants was 33 (19 classical dance and 13 in contemporary dance). The Honorary Jury was chaired by Mistress Paloma Herrera Colón Theatre Ballet Director, Mistress Susan Jones from the ABT New York, Andrea Chinetti Director San Martín Theatre, Norma Binaghi San Martín Contemporary Workshop. >>To see the picture please click here.
ITI Inter-Europe Artist Exchange Programme
The Committee for Emerging Artists (ITI NEAP) have been busy over the last few months working on projects all over the world. One of these has been the inaugural ITI Inter-Europe Artist Exchange Programme. After ITI Centres agreed to participate in the project, they were paired together in January via a draw and have since been working together to arrange to send emerging artists to their partnering countries for a short artistic residency. The aim is to give emerging artists the opportunity to create original work in a different cultural landscape from that which they're used to, and to give Centres around Europe the opportunity to strengthen ties and work together on a continent-wide project. The pairings are United Kingdom-Greece, Macedonia FYROM-Italy-Russia, and Switzerland-Slovenia. The dates of the exchanges can be found in the image below. So far, the artists selected to represent each country are as follows: United Kingdom: Adam Wheeler; Macedonia FYROM: Gorjan Milosevski; Slovenia: Dorian Silec and Switzerland: Stefanie Bölzli & Robert Diaz.
For more updates on ITI NEAP's activities and to read interviews with each of the selected artists, please like their Facebook page at or for more information about the project, please email the project coordinator Fin Ross Russell at fin(at)
Call for Candidature for the 36th ITI World Congress in 2020
The Executive Council of ITI and the General Secretariat of ITI is launching an open call to find a host for the 36th ITI World Congress in 2020. Please click here to read the >>call in English, >>here in French, and >>here in Spanish. Please click here to download the document to fill out if you are >>interested to hold the ITI World Congress 2020 in English, >>here in French and >>here in Spanish. Those documents contain the main issues so that a Centre, a Cooperating Member, or a partner which has an interest can evaluate whether the process of applying to host the 36th ITI World Congress should be started. Please get in touch with the Director General of ITI if you think about hosting the next Congress so that your questions can be answered. The deadline to get in touch with the General Secretariat is 30 June. The deadline for the application is 10 September 2018.
World Performing Arts Festival in Vietnam
Unfortunately, the festival cannot be done as planned in 2018 due to different reasons, prime among them finances. As the festival and event calendar for the second half 2018 - The Year of ITI - 70th Anniversary of ITI is quite full, Le Quy Duong is planning to hold such a festival in 2019. As soon as there is news about when and where, there will be information in this newsletter. For further information please get in touch with Le Quy Duong directly.
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.
Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts
The ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts is a Network that follows the rules and guidelines of UNITWIN, a programme of the Education Sector of UNESCO, intended to twin academia with UNESCO and support UNESCO to reach their goals. The ITI/UNESCO Network is dedicated to working for the education in the performing arts and intends to follow the humanistic, educational and artistic goals of ITI and UNESCO that are formulated in the Charter of the Network. These are the activities and projects that the Network is undertaking or developing: Conferences, Student Festivals, Directory/Mapping Project, Exchange of Students and Educators, Research Projects, Books, Audio & Multimedia Publications, Exhibitions, Intangible Heritage Research & Preservation, Knowledge & Knowhow Transfer, Competitions, Awards and so on. Please get in touch with the Network if your institution is interested in joining by writing to Chen Zhongwen: chen.zhongwen(at) or if you want to subscribe to the Newsletter of the Network by writing to: Tom Johnson: tom.johnson(at) To read the first Newsletter of the Network for Higher Education in the performing art >>in English please click here, >>in French please click here, and >>in Spanish 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.
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.