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The Grand ITI 70th Anniversary Celebration
We would like to express our great gratitude to all members of the ITI family that closely or remotely supported us during this Grand ITI 70th Anniversary Event in Haikou, Hainan Island, China. The theme of this celebration “Preserving Cultural Heritage – Encouraging Artistic Innovation – Creating Unity through Diversity”, was very well expressed during these 4 days of celebration. Delegates, students and artists from 60 different countries gathered to celebrate the ITI 70th Anniversary. This celebration also presented the opportunity to acknowledge the members, the colleagues, the friends, the partners and the authorities that have contributed to ITI. With this celebration in Haikou, the Year of ITI approaches its end, on a positive note. The celebration itself was full of enthusiasm for ITI and its next seventy years!
Happy New Year 2019
All the members of the General Secretariat of ITI wish you a very Happy New Year. 2018 – The Year of ITI - has been rich in celebrations, events, and conferences organized all over the world by ITI Centres, Cooperating members and individual ITI members. One of the highlights was the main celebration in Haikou, located on the Hainan Island in China. This main Celebration was as a tribute to all the members of the performing arts community who offered their great support to ITI and performing arts.
The Macedonian FYROM Centre Celebrates the 70 Years Jubilee of ITI
Where is the gun! by Hungarian author Gábor Győri is a new Macedonian production of the National Theatre Ohrid, directed by Dejana Nikolovska . It premiered in December 2018. Where is the gun! is a modern satiric play with a strong existential background, written in 1969. In its core the script explores the duality of human personality, playing between the positions of the oppressor and the oppressed: The main five characters: Servile Miler, bastard Cuki, intellectual Kish, peasant Matron and the monarchist have the mission to get out from the claustrophobic room, where they are imprisoned for some time. We will also see on the stage the figure of oppressor – the gun – which plays mind games with each of the protagonists, with a manner of opening in front of the spectator their true nature individually, and their common, universal nature. Characters are developed plastically and punctual to the level of grotesque. Satiric writing can be followed dynamically, as a result of fast but rich dialogues. >>For more 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)
E-book: Poor Little Rich Drama
You are kindly invited to read the e-book of the Macedonian FYROM Centre: Poor Little Rich Drama (11 short plays by contemporary Macedonian authors). With an introduction by German playwright and dramaturg Ms. Ulrike Syha. The e-book is a follow-up after the lecture and creative workshop: Who is the Author? and Who am I, the Author? >>To read it please click here.
In the 2019 year, they would like to publish the next e-book based on reader’s professional, personal and impressionistic opinions about the short plays of Poor Little Rich Drama. For that, please share with them, no later than 1 February 2019 by writing at this email: macedoniancenterofiti(at) No longer than one-page A4 format, Times New Roman,12, language: English). Let’s play the game! Your reflections are material for the future experimental theatre plays.
The 15th edition of the Nová dráma/New Drama Festival
The 15th edition of the Nová dráma/New Drama Festival will take place from 4 to 9 May 2019 in Bratislava. The Nová dráma/New Drama festival is an annual presentation of the best contemporary Slovak and world drama productions created by theatre makers in Slovakia. It is a unique presentation of contemporary playwrights and directors working in Slovakia, with a tradition lasting over fourteen years already. Highlights: 9 – 10 Slovak productions based on new drama.
- Focus Greece will bring an insight into theatre of this country through a performance, a lecture and a book presentation.
- International conference Ecology and Environment in Performing Arts will be exploring this fresh and dynamic key topic in contemporary art through presentations of renowned theorists and artists.
- The festival godmother, Romanian playwright Gianina Cărbunariu will hold a masterclass for theatre makers. More information about the festival and an archive of previous editions can be found at
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.
Hip-Hop Choreographic Competition
ITI received a call for entries for a Hip-Hop Choreographic Competition to share with you. It is a call for projects for the next CCN Créteil and Val-de-Marne/Kalypso Festival, to be held on 15 March 2019. Nominations are open until 20 January 2019 to professional hip-hop dance companies (less than 3 creations). Four companies will be chosen to participate in the competition, whose jury is composed of Mourad Merzouki (International Dance Day Message Author 2014, CCN/Cie Käfig), Daniel Favier (Briqueterie/CDCN Val-de-Marne), Nathalie Yokel (Theater Louis Aragon, Tremblay-en -France), Christine Bastin (Dance Factory) and Régis Plaud (ONDA). The winner of the prize will receive a co-production of 3000 Euros, periods of residency at the CCN studio, the Briqueterie and Théâtre Louis Aragon, a training by the Dance Factory and a position on the programme at the Karavel and Kalypso 2019 festivals. Since 2013, the award has become a notable recognition. Each new edition is an opportunity to unite structures that are dedicated to bringing today's dances, supporting hip-hop creation and offering professional recognition to emerging companies. >>Applications are made exclusively by completing the form available here. The form must be duly completed and must contain a video link of the show that the company wishes to present during the contest.
Thomas Leabhart - "from emotions to counterweight”
Every winter Thomas Leabhart comes to Paris to direct a workshop on the technique of Corporeal Mime of Etienne Decroux. This time, the workshop is organized by the Company Hippocampe - Arts du Geste and is based on the theme: "From the emotions to counterweights". The workshop will be held from 3 to 9 January 2019. >>For more information please check here or contact: hippocampe(at)
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.
HIGH FEST International Performing Arts Festival 2019 in Yerevan (Armenia)
The organizers are glad to announce that registration for the HIGH FEST International Performing Arts Festival, which will take place from 1 to 10 October 2019 in Yerevan, Armenia, is now open. 2019 will be the 17th edition of HIGH FEST which is the main festival in the territory of the former USSR Countries. The application deadline is 15 March 2019. For more information, please contact: highfest(at) >>To apply please click here.
The Next Macedonian FYROM Centre - ITI UNESCO 70 Years Jubilee (1948-2018)
We are happy to announce - The next Macedonian FYROM Centre - ITI UNESCO 70 Years Jubilee (1948-2018) in collaboration with Oliver Micevski's theatre company and Théâtre de Cannes - Théâtre Alexandre III. The premiere will take place in Cannes on 26 January 2019. The description: A snowstorm in a heatwave. A mysterious package delivered forty-two years late. A young man who speaks the poetry of the Gods. And a girl who can fly. Something strange is happening in Havana. Roland Schimmelpfennig’s Cuban fantasia imagines a family gripped by a miracle and a neighborhood unsure of its future, seduced by dreams of the past. For more information please click >>here or >>here.
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.
New Centre
We are happy to welcome a new Centre into the ITI family – it is a probably a surprise to many ITI members. After the disappearance of French Centre in 2000 and many attempts to reopen a Centre in France. So finally, we owe our thanks to the initiative of Jean-Charles Birotheau and Joël-Maxime Ghienne, the President and General Secretary of the newly established French Centre, which was approved by the Executive Council at the last session.
The French Centre of ITI is committed to developing the performing arts in France and abroad. Its main objective is to encourage international exchanges in the field of knowledge and practices in theatrical expression and dance. >>For more information please click here.
World Theatre Training Institute AKT-ZENT/ITI
You have also the chance to apply for participation in the experimental programme of “Quantum Pedagogy – Althattheatre” that will happen from 23 April to 14 Mai 2019 in Sestola, Italy. Dr. Jurij Alschitz has developed a project of artistic self-education, which follows the idea of a holistic Theatre. Together with his European Team of Teachers, he will open new paths to discover your identity as a unique artist – a unique particle of the Theatre as a Whole. >>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.
Theatre Record 2019
For nearly forty years, Theatre Record has chronicled the British stage through its ongoing cumulation of the reviews of the leading national critics. Published fortnightly, it has established itself as the essential reference for anyone wanting in-depth information on UK productions and their makers, from the West End to the Fringe and beyond to regional theatres all over the country. It is read worldwide and treasured by researchers and students, actors and agents, producers and directors, theatregoers and enthusiasts, not least by the critics themselves. Having offered a digital subscription for the first time in 2018, the Record will be going fully digital in 2019. This does not mean an end to printed versions, but it does mean that all subscribers will in future be able to enjoy many more features of the new-style journal at no extra cost. >>For more info 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)
Open Call for theatre schools and Boal's technique Artists for the 13rd edition of Meeting of Theatre Schools - Ret Colombia
The 13th edition of Meeting of Theatre Schools - Ret Colombia will be held from 16 to 19 October in Bogota, Colombia. This year´s subject is: The actor as a producer of himself. There will be an academic part, including Forums and discussions about social condition of artist, their training and education, the laws that affect the profession, management and futures challenges for actors as well as a discussion board. This event will also include a practical part, consisting of scenic exercises related to the topic of the day, that will happen each afternoon, guided by an expert in Boal's technique. The workshops groups will be composed of a maximum of 20 students from different institutions. Each exercise will last a maximum of 10 minutes. >>For more information, please check the call here or write to retcolombiaoficial(at)
International Dance Day 2018
The 2018 International Dance Day Ceremony was held in the Grand Theatre of Alicia Alonso in Havana, Cuba, on 29 April. It is the first time that the main ceremony of IDD has been held in Cuba, a land full of dance spirit. The Ceremony was co-organized by the Cuban Centre of International Theatre Institute ITI, Consejo Nacional de las Artes Escenicas of Cuba, and the General Secretariat of ITI. During the Ceremony the five message authors of 2018 IDD were all present and read their messages on-stage. The ITI World Dance Ambassador Alicia Alonso was also present at the Ceremony; her message for the 2018 IDD event was delivered by Dani Hernandez, dancer of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. To read the full report of the event please click here. To see pictures from the event please click here.
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.
70th Anniversary of ITI commemoration at The World Theatre Festival Art Carnuntum
Carnuntum was the first city to receive the European Heritage Seal and, under the direction of its founder, Piero Bordin, Art Carnuntum has become a centre of contemporary exploration of the classical cultural heritage of Europe. Ideals, fates and values that have been inspiring people all over the world for more than 2000 years have been performed at this historic site by, among others, the Royal National Theatre London, La MaMa Theater New York, Piccolo Teatro di Milano - Teatro d'Europa, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Suzuki Company of Toga, A Taganka Theatre Moscow, Theater National du Luxembourg, Croatian National Theatre Split, The Roma Theatre Pralipe, the Istituto Nazionale del Dramma Antico Rom-Syracuse, and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. In collaboration with Art Carnuntum, Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour returned to the Roman Amphitheatre to perform The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night from 29 June to 1 July 2018. The performances were dedicated to the principles set out at the founding of the International Theatre Institute, in particular, working towards a society without any barriers, especially for performing artists all over the world, by creating platforms for international exchange. >>For more information please click here to read the full article.
New Centre and Cooperating Member
ITI is proud to welcome among his members, a new Centre as well as a new Cooperating Member:
Madagascar Centre
Association des artistes de théâtre malagasy AATM / Malagasy Artists Theatre Associatioon MATALot S.I.A.E. 17 Bis – Ambondrona 101 Antananarivo
President: Andriambatosoa Rajohnson RAVALOSON
>>For more information please click here
Cage Compagnie (Cage Cie)
10b rue jeanne d'arc, 94160 SAINT-MANDE
+336 42 74 19 55
Director : Amandine AUDINOT
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.
International Theatre Festivals
The Dramatic Arts Centre of Iran (DAC) is pleased to inform that there are some international activities which are going to take place in Iran (2018-2019):
• The 3th International Street Theatre Festival in Marivan from 1 to 5 September 2018. The deadline for submission is 1 August 2018
• The 25th International Children and Adolescents Theatre Festival on November 2018. The deadline for submission is 30 September 2018.
• The 37th Fadjr International Theatre Festival (for all genres) on February 2019. The deadline for submission is 1 December 2018.

For those three Festivals, the Dramatic Arts Centre of Iran is calling for performances. Please send them the attached application form by the deadline of your interested festival. The selection committee will announce the accepted international performances through the international affairs office of the Dramatic Arts Centre of Iran; You can send your application by email to the Director of International Affairs Office, Dr. Saeed Asadi: dramatic.artcenter.iran(at) >>Please click here to download the application form.
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.
Fifth National Theatre Day in Prison
We would like to share a very interesting initiative of Vito Minoia, Board Member of the Italian Centre of ITI and President of the International University Theatre Association IUTA. The Theatre in Prison hit a new record for the fifth national day. Sixteen Italian regions were involved, 102 events and initiatives were promoted outside and inside prisons, with 56 prisons chosen to host the shows, with the participation of 58 universities, educational institutions, Offices of external penal execution, theatres, institutions and so on. Furthermore, thousands of citizens engaged in activities aimed at favouring the social reintegration of ex-prisoners through initiatives that produce a significant lowering of the risk of re-offending.
>>To read the full report 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.
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:
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.