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UNESCO | International Arts Education Week – 25 to 31 May
Message from Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO
International Arts Education Week is an opportunity to promote learning with and through the arts to improve the quality and relevance of our education systems, nurture creative thinking and resilience.
UNESCO – as the only United Nations agency with a core mandate encompassing culture, heritage, arts, creativity and education – is committed to joining forces with its Member States to step up cooperation, mobilizing civil society, educators and arts professionals to fully harness the potential of both culture and education.
On this day, I call upon everyone to join us in celebrating International Arts Education Week, so we can make this disaster into flowers, to offer to the world.
Audrey Azoulay, Director-General UNESCO
Text is available online in these language versions:
>>English
>>French
>>Spanish
>>Russian
>>Chinese
>>Arabic
© Text and Portrait Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO, 2020
Georgian Centre of ITI – Call for Participation in the Comedy Festival in Gori
6 to 12 June 2020 (organised as an openair festival with videos)
Attention Short Deadline: Call for Participation for the Comedy Festival of Gori in Georgia. Since 2014 Gori is organizing this festival with the support of Gori Municipality and Governor of Shida Kartli . The Artistic Director is Soso Nemsadze, theatre director and professor at the Theatre and Film Georgian State University and Artistic Director of the Rustavi national Theatre. The Comedy Festival focuses on international performances. The 2020 edition will be organized open air; the performances are shown as video projection in a park.
The Festival is inviting the members and friends of ITI Centres to send comedies that exist on videos so that they can be projected during the festival. The comedies may be traditional, verbal or non-verbal in any form of the performing arts.
If you are interested to be part of this video open air comedy festival in Gori, get in touch with the Georgian Centre of ITI for further questions send the link for download to itigeorgiacentre@gmail.com
Deadline for getting in touch with the Georgian Centre, Dr. Levan Khetaguri, Secretary General of the Georgian Centre of ITI: 31 May 2020
Past festival video links:
>>Festival 2018
>>Festival 2019
Online Conference on New Dimensions for Theatre Education
13 to 15 June 2020
The impacts brought by the COVID-19 are massive. We should say it is a challenging time for theatre teachers. Most of the academies switched to online teaching course and turned to the e-learning mode. Are there methodologies and experiences that could be shared? Or is a complete change of teaching methodology needed? The pandemic invites all to reflect on new dimensions. That is the reason why the Board of the ITI/UNESCO Network has decided to launch this conference.
The World Theatre Training Institute AKT-ZENT/ITI – one of the members of the ITI/UNESCO Network has taken the initiative to create a three-day conference as a starting point for a possible long-term project for the development of new methods and forms for online and hybrid theatre education.
We encourage you to participate in the conference and contribute to your experience. Please read the detailed project and register your participation.
>>More Information about the Conference
>>Registration Form for the Conference
Open Call Participation for the lectures “Short School of German Theatre Knowledge”
Digital lectures by Thomas Irmer, 11 and 12 June 2020
North Macedonian Centre of ITI / PRODUKCIJA
Seminar / Lecture
Thursday/Friday 11/12 June 2020 from 12.00 to 13.30 h (Paris time)
Lecturer: Thomas Irmer, dramaturge, a researcher in theatre; Berlin, Germany
Target audience/participants: Local, regional and international students and professional practitioners and theoreticians
1. Skype Online Lecture: Theatre history and the next future for international theatre; including keyword relations to former Yugoslav theatre culture.
Thursday, 11 June 2020: 60 minutes lecture and 30 minutes Q&A session on Skype / 12.00 - 13.30 h (Paris time)
2. Skype Online Lecture: Focus on contemporary German Drama.
Friday, 12 June 2020: 60 minutes lecture and 30 minutes Q&A session on Skype (90 minutes) / 12.00 to 13.30 h (Paris time)
Deadline: 30 May 2020 (Please send your confirmation for participation to: macedoniancenterofiti(at)gmail.com, with the following data:
Subject: Thomas Irmer Lectures, your first name and your last name, profession and email
>>Detailed information about the Lectures by Thomas Irmer
THE 11th BETWEEN.POMIĘDZY FESTIVAL: KOSMOPOLIS 2020
Sopot, Gdansk, Gdynia, Poland – 11 to 17 May 2020, online
All events are available free of charge at www.between.org.pl and on Facebook throughout the entire week of the Festival
Please visit the 11th Between.Pomiedzy Festival: Kosmopolis 2020
It is online until 17 May. All events are available free of charge at www.between.org.pl and on Facebook throughout the entire week of the Festival.
Facebook: between.pomiedzy
More information:
>>The Poster
>>The Press Release (in English)
>>The Program (in English)
UNESCO launches ResiliArt – Artists and Creativity beyond Crisis
We need a concerted and global effort to support artists and ensure access to culture for all
The inaugural debate took place on 15 April 2020, World Art Day, in partnership with CISAC.
Audrey AZOULAY, UNESCO Director-General, launching the ResiliArt discussions with an introduction.
Ernesto OTTONE, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture, moderated the discussion with the following artists:
• Jean Michel JARRE, France - composer, performer, CISAC President and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
• Yasmina KHADRA, Algeria – Author
• Deeyah KHAN, Norway/UK - musician, documentary film director and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
• Angélique KIDJO, Benin - Singer-songwriter, CISAC Vice-President and UNICEF International Ambassador
• Nina OBULJEN-KORŽINEK, Croatia - Minister of Culture of Croatia and violinist
• Luis PUENZO, Argentina - film director, screenwriter, producer and President of INCAA
If you want to watch the inspiring statements of Ms Audrey Azulay, Mr Ernesto Ottone and all the artists please click on the language versions below. You can watch the whole or section of it.
English
French
Chinese (Mandarin)
Call for the 10th Shanghai International Experimental Theatre Festival, 19 to 30 October 2020
The Secretariat of the ITI/UNESCO Network is delighted to inform you that the ITI/UNESCO Network Member, the Shanghai Theatre Academy, will host the 10th Shanghai International Experimental Theatre Festival from 19 to 30 October 2020. An international academic seminar will be held at the end of the event. All of the members of the ITI/UNESCO Network are welcome to bring a production to participate in the event.
>>For more info, please click here.
The deadline for application is 30 May 2020. If you are interested in taking part in this event, please send your production to secretariat(at)iti-unesco-network.org.
IPAC - Intercultural Performing Arts Cie VoiceLAB: A Laboratory Dedicated to the Voice and the Polyphony
After the success of the Ateliers de l'Acteur’s training program (2018-2019), in collaboration with the Grotowski Institute and the actors of Teatr ZAR, the Intercultural Performing Arts Cie is pleased to announce a new program, focusing on the Voice, for professional actors and singers: VoiceLAB.
Between September 2020 and March 2021, a group of 20 people will take part to 6 sessions (weekends) + 1 intensive week lead by the actors-singers of the Grotowski Institute & Teatr ZAR: Aleksandra Kotecka et Tomasz Wierzbowski. The sessions will take place at the Micadanse Studio in Paris.
Deadline for registration: 10 June 2020
Contact: hello(at)ipac-cie.com
More information:
About the Laboratory: IPAC VoiceLAB Program EN & FR
Leaflet Voicelab FR
About IPAC (Intercultural Performing Arts Cie)
Conference Communicating the Arts – The Art of Placemaking
22 to 24 June 2020 in Lausanne/Switzerland
This year, Lausanne in Switzerland will host Agenda’s leading arts conference Communicating the Arts (CTA). Taking place over three days, more than 250 of the world’s leading professionals from visual and performing arts will gather at CTA from 22 to 24 June to discuss the latest trends, learnings and best practices in the cultural sector. This is a unique opportunity to meet the key decision-makers and experts in the cultural sector from all over the world.
The theme of this year’s edition of CTA is the ‘art of placemaking’, which will be explored through a series of interactive case studies, keynotes and round table discussions. Each session is designed to help participants better understand the growing contribution that cultural organisations are making to our cities and people’s everyday lives.
CTA is delighted to offer ITI members a preferred rate to attend the conference.
>>Please register here using the code CTALAU_ITI to benefit from a 20% discount. >>To have more information and to have access to the press release click here and a >>brochure click here
Slovak Centre of ITI: Announcing Nová dráma/New Drama Festival 2020
The Nová dráma/New Drama Festival will take place from 11 to 16 May 2020 in Bratislava. The Festival of contemporary Slovak and world drama is an annual presentation of the best contemporary Slovak and world drama productions.
The main programme offers eight performances of contemporary plays staged in the last year, which will be observed by an international jury. The best performance will receive the Grand Prix Nová drama/New Drama 2020.
We are happy to announce German playwright Falk Richter as a godfather of Festival 2020 and a special guest and pleased to offer a rich additional programme with the special festival section Focus Austria, bringing insight into the theatre of this country.
The year 2020 marks a major jubilee: the centenary of the foundation of the Slovak National Theatre (1 March 1920). Therefore, we prepare also a Showcase of Slovak theatre as well as international conference Recycling In The Performing Arts: From Creativity To Commerce and the Congress International Association of Theatre Critics (AICT).
The program will be available in March.
International Playwrights’ Forum: New Deadline for the Submission of Entries for the International Competition: Dramatic Adaptations of Sholem Aleichem Short Stories
The International Playwrights’ Forum is prolonging the deadline for the submitting stories to 31 May 2020.
More information about the Competition:
>>English version click here
>>French version click here
eMotion - When dance and technology collide.
Join Magpie Dance for a dance technology festival - Try your hand at interactive exhibitions, immersive workshops and watch live performances. Suitable for all the family. >>Get your tickets online
Activities include: Dancing with Meccanoid, Immersive pop up performances, Exhibition, Interactive Lights performance in the studio theatre, VR Headsets, Sphero experience
UNESCO will hold the second ResiliArt debate in partnership with the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity on May 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. (Paris time).
It is a great pleasure to invite you to join the second online conference “ResiliArt that UNESCO is initiating in partnership with the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity. The theme is: The Road to Recovery
• ITI feels honoured that Mohamed Saif Al-Afkham, United Arab Emirates - President of the International Theatre Institute (IT) is part of this debate. These are the panellists that take part as well:
• ANITTA, Brazil - Singer, songwriter and actress
• Ferne DOWNEY, Canada- Actress and President of the International Federation of Actors (FIA)
• Cheick Oumar SISSOKO, Mali - Film director and Secretary-General of the Pan-African Federation of Filmmakers
• Pascal ROGARD, France - Director General of the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers (SACD)
• Fouzia SAEED, Pakistan - Director General of the National Arts Council of Pakistan
• Jana VOZAROVA, Slovakia - General Director of Authors Association of Slovakia (LITA)
>>Link for those, who missed the debate
UNESCO will hold the second ResiliArt debate in partnership with the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity on May 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. (Paris time).
It is a great pleasure to invite you to join the second online conference “ResiliArt that UNESCO is initiating in partnership with the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity. The theme is: The Road to Recovery
• ITI feels honoured that Mohamed Saif Al-Afkham, United Arab Emirates - President of the International Theatre Institute (IT) is part of this debate. These are the panellists that take part as well:
• ANITTA, Brazil - Singer, songwriter and actress
• Ferne DOWNEY, Canada- Actress and President of the International Federation of Actors (FIA)
• Cheick Oumar SISSOKO, Mali - Film director and Secretary-General of the Pan-African Federation of Filmmakers
• Pascal ROGARD, France - Director General of the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers (SACD)
• Fouzia SAEED, Pakistan - Director General of the National Arts Council of Pakistan
• Jana VOZAROVA, Slovakia - General Director of Authors Association of Slovakia (LITA)
Join the debate
You will be able to follow the debate using the link below. The link will go live on 14 May 2020, 2 pm to 4 pm (Paris time)
Live Dialogue | The Spring of Hope and the Day of Dance
ITI in Association with the International Association of Theatre Critics IACT would like to invite you to Seasons of Theatre Dialogue with Octavian Saiu.
When: Wednesday, 29 April 2020 – International Dance Day
13:30 Bucharest Time / 12:30 Paris Time / 11:30 London Time
The “venue” for this event is the virtual, boundless online space, to which you are all invited: https://www.facebook.com/teatrelli/
Special guests will be Tobias Biancone (Director General of ITI), Noa Wertheim, (Choreographer of Vertigo Dance Company), and Jarosław Fret (Director of the Grotowski Institute and of Teatr Zar).
We look forward to celebrating, together, the International Dance Day. Let us rediscover the beauty of dreaming, smiling, moving ... in the rhythm of our thoughts. So, join us in a dialogue about the art of dance, understood as a liberation of the self and as a true bridge between souls.
Professor Octavian Saiu is a scholar and professional theatre critic. He holds a PhD in Theatre Studies from National University of Theatre and Film (NUTF) in Romania, with a thesis about theatrical space, and another PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Otago in New Zealand, with a thesis about Samuel Beckett and Eugène Ionesco.
>>For full information with full biography, click here.
African Regional Council of ITI: Call for Applications 2nd Edition "Emerging Scenes in Africa"
The African Regional Council of the International Theatre Institute (CRAIIT) and the Ghanaian Centre of ITI are launching the second edition of the “Emerging Scenes in Africa”, which will take place in Accra (Ghana), from 18 to 27 September 2020.
This second edition will offer seven (07) training workshops which will be open to 100 professional participants, young practitioners, students, in the arts, both men and women.
These seven workshops are: physical theatre, Chinese theatre, choreographic creation, sound creation, lighting creation, visual arts, and scenography.
This edition will also feature a round table on the theme “Market for the Performing Arts: How to Sell the African Live Performance”, a master class on artificial intelligence, and performances of shows.
>>To apply for this call for applications, please click here
Application deadline: 30 April 2020
Contact: scenesemergentes(at)gmail.com
Shahid NADEEM, Pakistan – World Theatre Day Message Author for 2020
It is our great pleasure and honour to officially announce that Shahid NADEEM from Pakistan, the leading playwright from Pakistan who has written over 50 plays, has been selected by the Executive Council to write the World Theatre Day Message for 2020.
>>To read the message and know more about the author, please click here.
NEXT 2020 Dance World Championships Season
The NEXT 2020 Dance World Championship Season, consisting of the Barcelona Dance Award, from 9 - 13 April 2020 and Dance Grand Prix, in Italy, from 22 - 26 June 2020 is now open for applications.
The events are open to Dance Schools, Companies and Groups from all over the world, and every different type of dance.
For more information and to apply, email dancegrandprix19(at)gmail.com
International Dance Day 2019
The General Secretariat prepared a report of the International Dance Day 2019 event. For those who have not yet received it, you can look into the activities that happened in Seoul in South Korea. >>Please click here to check it.
World Theatre Day 2019
The General Secretariat prepared a report of the World Theatre Day 2019 event. For those who have not yet received it, you can look into the activities that happened in Pesaro and Rome in Italy. >>Please click here to check it.
Live Discussion with Global Theatre Academies Monday, 13 April, 21:00 (Hong Kong Time, UCT +8 hours)
It is great pleasure for ITI to present a very important project for performing arts educators from all over the world that The Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts – a Member of the ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education - is organizing very soon: Monday, 13 April.
Theatre educators from every corner of the world are all welcome to join the dialogue.
The Live Discussion will be held on Monday, 13 April 2020 at 21:00 (UTC +8, Hong Kong Time).
Here is the link for the dialogue participation in the Live Discussion. Please let us also know a bit about yourself.
To coordinate your participation please check in a Time Zone Converter what time it is at your place when it is 21:00 (9 pm) in Hong Kong. A simple one you find here: https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com
Should you have any question, please contact our faculty Janice POON, Senior Lecturer in Playwriting and Dramaturgy at janicepoon(at)hkapa.edu. Let's connect!
An Easter Gift : Limited Free Screening of “The Tightrope” by Peter Brook, filmed by Simon Brook
In “The Tightrope”, Peter Brook, one of the world´s most revered directors, reveals for any theatre professional how he works with actresses and actors. The two exercises that are shown in this documentary, created by Simon Brook open the curtain and give us a look at how much work it takes for an actor to look like he is not working, and how much a difference a sensitive stage director can make. But the best is watching this precious film yourself. Over Easter, you can stream it for free (until Tuesday, 14 April 2020, morning.). It is available for you in English and French.
ITI would like to express its gratitude to Simon Brook for offering this possibility the members and friends of ITI and the readers of the Newsletter to offer.
The links are here: Trailer: vimeo.com/simonbrook/tightropetrailer
English: “The Tightrope” streaming vimeo.com/simonbrook/thetightropeinternational
Password: lovelovelove (all in lower case)
French: “Sur un Fil” streaming vimeo.com/simonbrook/surunfil
Password: lovelovelove (all in lower case)
The video only can be streamed, not downloaded. Streaming possible until Tuesday, 14 April 2020, morning
Contact: contact(at)simonbrook.com
Indian Centre of ITI: IAPAR International Theatre Festival 2020 - Application Deadline Extended
As the IAPAR International Theatre Festival enters into its fifth year, the thrust to keep the 'Actor at the Centre', has been infinitely rewarding. In the current socio-political-cultural situation worldwide, there are many voices which need a representation, hence the decision to focus the festival on ‘Marginalised Narratives’.
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis worldwide the deadline for an application has been extended to 15 April 2020. The IAPAR Theatre Festival is scheduled to happen in November 2020.
We understand that this crisis has put everyone around the world at great risk and caused major and minor problems or inconveniences. It is our sincere wish that this extension eases pressure on those interested in sending applications. We look forward to receiving your entry and would also like to appreciate your dedication in continuing to work for art in these difficult times. We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.
For more details about the festival, you may visit www.festival.iapar.in
Send us an email on iapar.festival(at)gmail.com for the detailed application form or call on +91 77750 52719 to know more.
German Centre of ITI: Theater für Zuhause (Theatre for Staying at Home) – Offered by Thalia Theater Hamburg
At the moment, all of us miss a lot – social life, the real contact with people, the experience of culture, true theatre. To ease this the Thalia Theater of Hamburg, member of the German Centre, shows new forms and pre-recorded performances, every evening from 7 pm. Each performance is available for 24 hours. You will find current performances as highlights from the past. Most of the performances may be in German, but check it yourself:
Main link: https://www.thalia-theater.de/startseite/thaliadigital-therestismissing/
Website Thalia Theater: https://www.thalia-theater.de
Easter 2020 Programme:
• Saturday, 11 April: Die Tragödie von Romeo und Julia, Regie Jette Steckel, 2 hours
• Sunday, 12 April: Faust I
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Regie Nicolas Stemann, 3 hours
• Monday, 13 April; Faust II
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Regie Nicolas Stemann 3:55 hours
Open Call to Share Your Voice of Love, Encouragement and Support
Dear members and friends of ITI,
We also invite you to join us. Please share your voice of love, encouragement and support to the people. Please touching the people with your creative, please using your positive energy to light into the darkness…
Your statement can be a letter, a fragment of a performance, a drawing, a picture - anything that you would like to share with others to show them your care, your encouragement or support.
If you have any best practice for how to use the performing arts these days, please let us know too.
Please send everything to chen.simin(at)iti-worldwide.org cc: info(at)futuracom.ch
>>Click here to read more info in English >>Click here to read more info in French
Call for Videos for World Theatre Day and International Dance Day
2020 is a year with even more challenges for the performing arts community all over the world.
Almost all the Centres of ITI are not able to celebrate World Theatre Day & International Dance Day with an event because of the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus. Therefore, the General Secretariat Team of ITI initiates that all the ITI Members celebrate 2020 World Theatre Day and International Dance Day - online. We encourage all the Centres, Cooperating Members and friends of ITI to send a video to chen.simin(at)iti-worldwide.org as soon as possible.
>>Click here to read more info in English
>>Click here to read more info in French
Registration Open: International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC): 30th Congress of IATC in Bratislava, Slovakia
The 30th edition of the Congress of IATC will happen during the Nová dráma/New Drama Festival (see information above) from 12 to 16 May 2020 in Bratislava, Slovakia. >>More information about IATC and about the Congress can be found on the website – in English and French. Email: contact(at)aict-iatc.org
Deadline for Registration March 2020.
Open Call for Inclusion Day, Theatre Info Finland / Finnish Centre of ITI
Theatre Info Finland TINFO, the home of the Finnish Centre of ITI – together with the Culture for All service, UrsaMinor, DuvTeatern, Globe Art Point and The Association of Finnish Theatres – has declared Inclusion Day, which will be celebrated on Friday, 27 March 2020. The goal of the Inclusion Day campaign is to draw attention to equal opportunities for artists and other dramatic professionals and accessibility of theatrical experiences for everyone. >>To have more information click here.
Critical Stages/Scènes Critiques: Call for Articles and Essays
The International Association of Theatre Critics IATC’s Critical Stages/Scènes Critiques, a peer reviewed journal, wish to post a call for articles and essays on the theme of the ‘theatricality of music and the musicality of theatre’. Critics, scholars and art enthusiasts are encouraged to write on the aesthetics, meanings and social implications of music in theatre and, equally, of theatre in music, for a special journal which will be published June 2020.
The maximum length of an essay is 3,500 words, in French or English, and must conform to >>the Style Guide and >>Submission Guidelines. Deadline for submissions is March 2020. For more information email octavian_saiu(at)yahoo.com
Gregory Vuyani MAQOMA, South Africa – International Dance Day Message Author for 2020
It is our great pleasure and honour to announce to you that Gregory MAQOMA, dancer, choreographer, dance educator and actor from South Africa has written the official message for International Dance Day 2020.
>>International Dance Day Message 2020 by Gregory MAQOMA in English (original) in PDF and Word
>>Message de la Journée Internationale de la Danse 2020 de Gregory MAQOMA en français (traduction) en PDF et Word
>>Biography Gregory MAQOMA in English as PDF and Word
>>Biographie Gregory MAQOMA en français (traduction) en PDF et Word
New Short Version of the Message for World Theatre Day 2020 by Shahid NADEEM, Pakistan
World Theatre Day is approaching. Many Centres asked for a shorter version that is why we asked Shahid NADEEM to create a brief version that is easier to be read in front of an audience and also easier to be translated and published.
Based on the experience so far, we suggest to you to use the short version as World Theatre Day 2020 message, translate it, send us wtd(at)iti-worldwide.org the translation and use it for your celebration of World Theatre Day. If you decide to stick to the long version, please feel free to do so.
Documents for use:
Short Version in English as PDF and Word
Short Version in French as PDF and Word
>>To know more about the author, please click here.
Special Message from the General Secretariat Team of ITI
The members of the General Secretariat will return to work in the office at the beginning of March.
The good news is that the Shanghai authorities have been successful in dealing with the virus and things are getting back to normal, step by step.
We will keep you updated on the situation here. If you have any questions, please write to us over info(at)iti-worldwide.org. We wish safety and health to all of you. And we hope that authorities all over the world will keep the health issues well under control so that each and everyone can experience safe and healthy days and do the intended work without fear.
UK Centre launches the Initiative “the other national theatre”
What does this mean? Who is behind it? What is in the manifesto of the other national theatre? To find out >>please visit the website of the other national theatre by clicking here. Further information you find in the new publication by Desert Hearts Books under the guidance of the editors Nick Awde & Isabel Appio. The first volume of the series is called Equal Stages: Standing Up for Identity and Integrity in the Performing Arts, by Nick Awde. It will be released on 23 March. >>More information and where to order click here.
Indian Centre of ITI: Open Call for the IAPAR International Theatre Festival 2020 in Pune, India
As the IAPAR International Theatre Festival enters into its fifth year, the thrust to keep the 'Actor at the Centre', has been infinitely rewarding. In the current socio-political-cultural situation worldwide, there are many voices which need a representation, hence the decision to focus the festival on ‘Marginalised Narratives’.
The IAPAR international Festival 2020 invites applications under the umbrella of ‘Marginalised Narratives’. The festival will take place in Pune, India in November 2020! Deadline for application is 27th March 2020.
Send us an email on iapar.festival(at)gmail.com for the detailed application form or call on +91 77750 52719 to know more. Vidyanidhee Vanarase (Prasad), Founder Director, International Association for Performing Arts and Research, India (IAPAR), President of the Indian Centre of ITI.
The London International Mime Festival receives the Special World Mime Organisation Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Art of Mime, given by the World Mime Organization
Helen Lannaghan and Joseph Seelig, co-directors of the London International Mime Festival, receiving the Special World Mime Organisation Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Art of Mime – presented on behalf of World Mime Organisation's president Marko Stojanovic. The award is presented to them by Stefania Bochicchio and Nick Awde, co-directors of the UK Centre of ITI, 1 February 2020.
(Photo credits: Nick Awde)
Call for Participation; International University Theatre Associaton (IUTA) 13th IUTA World Congress in Manila, Philippines
Theme: University Theatre as Social and Cultural Agent
The International University Theatre Association (AITU-IUTA) is pleased to announce that its 13th World Congress will be held in Manila, Philippines – from 25 to 29 August 2020. Organized by the IUTA Philippine Center in partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the 13th Congress seeks to provide a major forum to discuss the role of the university theater as social and cultural agent in the present time.
>>Click here to find more information about the Congress 2020 (PDF) In this letter, you find also call for papers, workshops and performances. Deadline for the submission of application: 15 March 2020
Further Information about the Congress you find on these links: Facebook, IUTA Philippine Centre and IUTA-AITU Website.
Call for Applications for the High Fest in Yerevan, Armenia 1 to 8 October 2020
“ Dear Friends and Colleagues! We are happy to announce the opening of the registration for the HIGH FEST International Performing Arts Festival, which will take place from 1 to 8 October 2020 in Yerevan, Armenia! This year it will be the 18th Edition! The festival is one the best 24 European festivals from the long list of 715 by EFFE Awards 2019-2020. We are the main festival on the territory of the former USSR Countries (except for Moscow). >>So, apply and be part of us! The application deadline is 15 March!
We will be happy to answer any other question, so don't hesitate to write to us.
Contact: High Fest Coordination Team, HIGH FEST International Performing Arts Festival
26 Amiryan Street / State Institute of Theatre and Cinema Yerevan 0002, Armenia
Tel/Fax: +374 99 53 62 33 whatsapp/viber
info(at)highfest.am
Pre-Announcement: Communicating the Arts 22 - 24 June 2020 in Lausanne/Switzerland
Communicating the Arts is the leading conference and networking platform for professionals working for performing and visual arts organizations. 300 senior professionals will come together to network, engage in stimulating conversations and rethink their institution’s models and strategies.
More information will follow in the next Newsletter.
Important Message from the General Secretariat
As you may know, due to the new Corona virus outbreak in a few areas of China, the whole country is now going through some serious problems. Strong efforts to fight against the outbreak and the prevention of more cases are done.
After a 10-day stay-at-home lunar year holiday, the General Secretariat Team has resumed its work on 3 February. If you have any questions or needs, you can still reach the General Secretariat. The work of the office continues to be done. However, as the government and experts strongly suggest, the citizens should avoid gathering. That is why the members of the General Secretariat will work from home for the next two weeks. >>More information.
2020 Fujairah International Arts Festival / Fujairah International Monodrama Festival
The Fujairah/United Arab Centre of ITI is happy to announce that the 2020 Edition of the Fujairah International Arts Festival & Fujairah International Monodrama Festival is happening from 20 to 28 February in Dibba and Fujairah City. The event is held under the patronage of the HH Sheikh Hamad bin Mohamed Al-Sharqi, Ruler of Fujairah and Member of the Supreme Council of the UAE. The Fujairah International Monodrama Festival was founded by Mohamed Saif Al-Afkham (President ITI worldwide) and Mohamed Saeed Al-Dhanhani (Emir of Fujairah) and has developed into the world´s most prestigious festival for monodrama; since two editions it is part of the Fujairah International Arts Festival.
The 2020 Festival will be inaugurated with an amazing opening ceremony, followed local and international monodramas, music and art events from all over the world. For more information, please write to info(at)iti-worldwide.org.
Congo Republic Centre of ITI: FITAAS Festival 3rd Edition
The Congo Republic Centre of ITI is pleased to announce the organization of the 3rd edition of the FITAAS festival
The festival will take place from 25 March – 29 March 2020 in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire. This festival will address the following themes: Theatre, a tool for the correction of harmful morals. Theatre, dance, music, lectures, excursions and much more are planned.
For any information please contact fitaas18(at)gmail.com / iticongobrazza(at)yahoo.fr, >>click here to access the main informations about the festival.
World Mime Organization: The Stage. Interview of Marko Stojanovic
The World Mime Organization´s founder Marko Stojanovic is pleased to share with you an interview reported by the British Magazine The Stage. The subject of the interview is "Mime artist knows their bodies and the linked ides of movement". >>If you want to read the article, please click here.
Mitambo International Theatre Festival 2020
The second edition of the Mitambo International Theatre Festival 2020 will be held from 29 September- 3 October 2020 in Harare, Zimbabwe.
The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2020.
For any information about the open call please contact mitambointerfest(at)gmail.com, please >>click here to have access the open call information.
Open Call: International Colloquium of Theatre Schools: Trends and Perspectives of Theatre Research
The Teaching in Performing Arts program of the Antonio Nariño University, the Dramatic Arts program of the Central University, the Teaching Performing Arts program of the University of Sonora (Mexico) and the Theatre School Network - RET Colombia, open the call for professors and students to participate in "International Colloquium of Theatre Schools: Trends and Perspectives of Theatre Research from 29 March to 2 April 2020 in Bogota, Colombia.
>>To have more information about the programme please click here, to have >>more info please click here, or contact semillero.siembra@uan.edu.co or coordinador.danzas@uan.edu.co.
International Competition: Dramatic Adaptations of Sholem Aleichem Short Stories
2019 has been declared as “The Sholem Aleichem Year” due to it being the 160th anniversary of the birth of the great Yiddish and international humour celebrity. The writer Sholem Aleichem’s (1859-1916) writings abound with a humanistic outlook and ardent faith in the goodness of people, and as such promote tolerance, understanding, peace and belief in a better future in accordance with the Charter of ITI.
The International Playwrights Forum (IPF) of the ITI, in collaboration with the Israeli Centre of ITI and The Institute for Jewish Theatre, calls upon playwrights and writers worldwide to participate in a competition for the 3 best adaptations of Sholem Aleichem's short stories. The winning plays will be chosen by a jury whose members will be selected by the IPF.
>>Please see the Call for Submissions for further details. The deadline is 30 March 2020.
International Competition: Dramatic Adaptations of Sholem Aleichem Short Stories
2019 has been declared as “The Sholem Aleichem Year” due to it being the 160th anniversary of the birth of the great Yiddish and international humour celebrity. The writer Sholem Aleichem’s (1859-1916) writings abound with a humanistic outlook and ardent faith in the goodness of people, and as such promote tolerance, understanding, peace and belief in a better future in accordance with the Charter of ITI.
The International Playwrights Forum (IPF) of the ITI, in collaboration with the Israeli Centre of ITI and The Institute for Jewish Theatre, calls upon playwrights and writers worldwide to participate in a competition for the 3 best adaptations of Sholem Aleichem's short stories. The winning plays will be chosen by a jury whose members will be selected by the IPF.
>>Please see the Call for Submissions for further details. The deadline is 30 March 2020. >>For the French version of the Call for Submissions please click here
New Centre: ITI Montenegro Centre
Thanks to the initiative of the Italian Centre of ITI, the International Theatre Institute is able to announce to you the Montenegro Centre of ITI. The Executive Council and the General Secretariat are happy to welcome the new Centre and its members.
Their official address is Baja Pivljanina no:4, 81 250 Cetnje, Montenegro and can be reached via zetskidom.us(at)gmail.com Their board is made up of Natasa Kraljevic (President), Slobodan Bozovic (Vice-President), Janko Ljumovic (Vice-President), Lidija Dedovic (General Secretary), Radmila Vojvodic, Nada Vukcevic, Jelena Markovic, Branislav Micunovic and Srdjan Grahovac.
Encouragement, Appreciation and Friendship at the current difficult time
The Executive Council and the General Secretariat of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) would like to express our heartfelt very best wishes to the members of government and all the people of China.
We encourage you and support you in your endeavors to handle this harmful and sometimes deadly novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Your efforts are helping the people of China and all over the world feel safer, so that they live a prosperous and happy life without fear of the virus.
>>Click here to see the video messages from Executive Council
>>Click here to read the ITI Encouragement Letter
and >>Reply Letter from China Theatre Association
South Korean Centre of ITI: 2019 Newsletter
The South Korean Centre of ITI is happy to share its 2019 newsletter with you. This Newsletter will allow you to come back on the events which took place in 2019 in connection with the South Korean center. >>Please click here to have a look.
PuppeTry: Study your Master in Puppetry at Central European universities in Budapest, Bratislava, Prague and Białystok!
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree.
Apply for Erasmus+ scholarship for the academic year 2020/2021 and get all your costs of studies covered, including tuition fee, travel, insurance and living costs.
The application deadline in 20 January 2020.
>>To find out more information and online application please click here.
Colombo International Theatre Festival 2020
InterAct Art is happy to announce the Call for Participation in the 9th COLOMBO INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL – 2020 (CITF) which will be held from 31 July to 7 August 2020 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The deadline for submissions is 15 February 2020.
For any information about the application please contact interactartsl(at)gmail.com, or >>click here to have access the festival application form.
2nd Student Festival of the ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts at Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Artistic Committee Meeting
The Secretariat of the ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts would like to extend its gratitude to everyone who applied for the 2nd Student Festival of the Network, to be held at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan in July.
The Secretariat has received 20 applications from universities all around the world. As there are only 10 “theatre schools” can participate, the Artistic Committee of the Student Festival must go through all the applications and decide according to the criteria that are set for the Festival in a fair way.
The first round has been done over email, the second and final round will be done at a meeting at the Fujairah International Monodrama Festival, 24/25 February. Which “theatre schools” are chosen will be announced in a future Newsletter.
ITI Mexico: XXXII Encuentro Nacional de los Amantes del Teatro
The Mexican Centre ITI UNESCO is organizing from 6 January to 2 February 2020 the XXXII Encuentro Nacional de los Amantes del Teatro (32nd National Encounter of Theatre Lovers), in the Teatro Orientacion / Teatro del Bosque, Julio Castillo – Centro Cultural del Basque in Mexico City. It contains a rich programme with performances such as “2 de 90” (directed by Mario Ficachi), and many other performances with remarkable actresses, actors and directors.
It also pre-announces the “Temporada Mundial de las Artes Escénicas Quetzalcoatl 2020”, organized by Mexican Centre of ITI UNESCO with UNIMA, ASSITEJ and AITA/IATA – encompassing the World Theatre Day for Kids and Young (20 March), World Theatre Day (27 March), International Puppet Day (21 March) and International Dance Day (29 April). The main event will happen 8 April 2020 at 19.00 h in Teatro del Bosque Julio Castillo, Centro Cultural del Bosque, Colonia Chapultepec Polanco, Alcaldia Miguel Hidalgo, CDMX.
For any information >>please click here to access the main informations about the event and >>here to access the website of the Mexican Centre of ITI UNESCO.
Blue Theatre Festival 2020, Siligudi, Prayagraj, Bikaner, Tonk- India
The Ex-tra An Organisation and Community Theatre Tonk are pleased to present the Blue Theatre Festival 2020 with the theme: SCAFFOLD, The Cultivating Journey towards untold expressions of Coexistence. The festival will focus on expression as the creative language of the human being.
The festival will take place from 15 March – 6 April 2020 in different villages in India:
Siligudi of West Bengale: 15 March-18 March 2020
Prayagraj (Allahabad) of Uttar Pradesh: 22 March-25 March 2020
Bikaner of Rajasthan: 28 March- 31 March 2020
Tonk of Rajasthan: 3 April- 6 April 2020
The deadline for submissions is 5 December 2019, the announcement of short-listed plays 22 December 2019.
For any information please contact bluetheatrefest(at)gmail.com, >>click here to access the festival page or >>click here to access the main informations about the festival.
22nd International Adana Theatre Festival- Adana, Turkey
Turkish State Theatre are delighted to announce that applications are open for their 22nd Sabancı International Adana Theater Festival. The “22nd Adana, International Theater festival”, which will be realized between the dates of 27 March - 30 April 2020. The visiting companies will be hosted and a full artistic programme will be provided to the guests.
>>To see the announcement letter and application form of the festival please click here. The deadline for submissions is 30 January 2020. To have more information about the festival please contact adanatheatrefest(at)gmail.com
Open Call for ALthattheatre 2020- Starting world-wide online 1 March and in Montecreto, Italy, from 15 April - 27 May
The World Theatre Training Institute - ITI research centre for theatre training methods -introduces its first full version of a unique education for vocational training as well as for postgraduate studies using Quantum Pedagogy created and conducted by Jurij Alschitz and his international team of teachers.
Instead of attending a multi-year education, ALthattheatre proposes a three month training course to prepare the individual system for an artistic career. The first part is a 40 days online preparation, followed by the 40 days practical training on stage.
It is the definite aim of this training programme to create a group of utmost diversity concerning age, professional and cultural background. Registration and contracting starts now in December 2019. >>To have more information about this training programme please click here, >>to have access to the registration please click here.
Assuming the future is shaping the future: Open Call for the Experts’ Colloquium about New Dimensions for the Theatre Education, Kazan, Russia 10 June-12 June 2020
On the initiative Dr Jurij Alschitz, the ITI/UNESCO Network’s working group on Hybrid Education will meet during the VI International Theatre and Education Festival-Forum “Nauruz” of the Galiaskar Kamal Tatar Academic Theatre and invites specialists for a creative exchange of ideas. Concept and moderation: Christine Schmalor.
Digitality is not a technical question but a cultural competence. Today we are facing the need for substantial changes in education in general. New demands for innovation of content and methodology arise in the educative process. How does the digital mindset affect the process of acting, stage presence, dramaturgy, and methodological tools for artistic development? How do we imagine the future of teaching? How can online training be useful for theatre?
>>If you are interested to join as speaker or listener please click here. Contact: World Theatre Training Institute AKT-ZENT/ITI akt.zent(at)berlin.de
ITI Germany Announces the Winner of the 2020 International Theatre Institute Prize
The German ITI Centre is pleased to announce Dutch director Jetse Batelaan as the winner of their 2020 International Theatre Institute Award.
Mr Batelaan has won the award in recognition of his work which reflects a sympathetic view on human incompetence. An official award ceremony will be held on 7 February 2020. >>For the full bio of the winner, please click here – and take a look at the >>official Press Release for the announcement.
UNIMA: Call for Entries in the 2020 Arlyn Award for Outstanding Design in the Puppet Theatre
The Union Internationale de la Marionnette – UNIMA – are pleased to announce their call for entries to the prestigious Arlyn Award, named after Arlyn Coad, co-founder and artistic director of Coad Canada Puppets, and rewarding Outstanding Design in the Puppet Theatre.
The Arlyn Award is a world-wide search for outstanding design in the puppet theatre. It runs every two years, and is open to people all around the globe. First prize stands to receive $1,000,000 USD, with Certificates of Recognition being handed out to other entrants.
>>To find out more, please visit the UNIMA Website, by clicking here. Entrants must abide by the terms and conditions – deadline for applications is 15 February 2020.
The International Theatre Festival for Southern Youth – Egypt
The (Seen) Foundation for Culture and Creativity declared applications are now open for the Fifth session of The International Theatre Festival for Southern Youth, which will be held in Assiut Governorate – Egypt - from 8 to 14 April 2020.
The event revolves around two competitions (one for folklore performances, the other for street theatre), workshops, and performances. >>For more information regarding terms and conditions and how to apply, please click here or email Seen.fcc(at)gmail.com
Hi PerformanCZ: Prague Visitors' Program - 22-25 April, 2020: Text-Based and New Plays Theatre Performances
Experience Czech text-based and new plays theatre productions within a special programme package for international audiences. Hi PerformanCZ: Prague Visitors´ Program is organized by the Arts and Theatre Institute together with the National Theatre and Prague theatres. They offer free accommodation, tickets and networking activities for a limited number of visitors. Registration is open until 30 October 2019. >>To register, click here.
>>For more information, view the Call or email martina.peckova-cerna(at)idu.cz
Two New Partner Organizations
ITI is pleased to be able to announce two new Partner Organizations, widening the pool of resources ever further.
INTiP - International Network of Theatre in Prison is the first. Founded in 2011 and based in Italy, INTiP already has ran initiatives alongside ITI including WTD 2019, and sees itself as a reference tool for people working in the field or seeking expertise in theatre initiatives for prisoners.
The Second new partner organization, Women Playwrights International (WPI), is a platform for female playwrights to meet and build Networks. Its essential goal is to have an impact by supporting collaborative work between people from different parts of the world. >>To learn more, please click 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: http://accademiadimitri.ch (Education/ Advanced Studies)
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.
Fellows Program Application open, Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics
The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics (The Lab) invites applications for the 2020-2021 cohort of its Fellows Program. The Lab’s mission is to humanize global politics through the power of performance. To this end, applications are welcomed from performing artists who also define themselves as community-based and/or globally minded activists, educators, or policymakers working at the intersection of performance and politics/social justice.
The Fellows Program is an 18-month, transnational residency that connects Fellows to a community of peers, fosters collaboration, and inspires intersectional and international dialogue.
The deadline for submissions is 27 December 2019. >>To have more information about this programme and to have access to the registration please click here.
Meeting of the Partner Organization of ITI in Shanghai
From 18 to 20 November, ITI and its Partner Organizations met in Shanghai. These meetings were once regular – starting in Sibiu more than 20 years ago and running until 2011 in Paris. Shanghai’s meeting was an attempt to re-establish the tradition, not just for the sake of another meeting, but for finding common strategies and actions to make each organization stronger, to assist each other, to share best practice and, if possible, to collaborate.
The results of the meeting were: 1) To promote one another’s “days” (such as World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People (20 March), World Puppetry Day (21 March), World Mime Day (22 March), World Theatre Day (27 March), International Dance Day (29 April), World Music Day (1 October), World Opera Day (25 October);
2) To create a conference about ITI and all the Partner Organizations at the Avignon and Edinburgh Festivals; 3) To publish important events of one organization also on the website and newsletters of the other partner organizations; 4) to invite representatives of the other organizations to one´s own congress, conference or important event.
Future meetings may happen at UNESCO in Paris, at an event of one of the organizations, or at the headquarters of ITI in Shanghai. Such meetings should happen yearly.
Here you find the list all the Partner Organizations of ITI
Invitation to launch of the book “Theatre in transformation“, Cape Town, Pretoria, South Africa
Two events will take place in South Africa to mark the occasion of the publication of “Theatre in Transformation“. AFDA: The School for the Creative Economy is pleased to invite you on Friday 6 December at 2 pm in Cape Town for a presentation of the book during the Safe Havens Conference. >>To have more information about this event please click here.
Secondly, the South African State Theatre is pleased to invite you on Tuesday 10 December 2019, 11 am to a panel discussion with experts on the occasion of the book's release at the Drama Theatre Foyer in Pretoria, South Africa. >>To have more information about this event please click here.
Obituary
It is with great sadness that ITI relays the news regarding the passing of Zimbabwean cultural expert, Stephen Chifunyise.
Stephen Chifunyise was critical in the establishment of ITI Centres in southern Africa. He was a board member of the Zimbabwe Centre of the International Theatre Institute, and raised awareness of the intangible cultural heritage of the region. He will be greatly missed.
>>For a full obituary from Lloyd Nyikadzino, Coordinator of the ITI Zimbabwean Centre, click here.
Amendment: ITI Centre Name – North Macedonian Centre of ITI
The ITI Centre once known as Macedonia FYROM (Macédonie ARYM) is now to be called the North Macedonian Centre of ITI (Centre Macédoine du nord de l'ITI) in line with the nation’s name change to The Republic of North Macedonia. The change within ITI follows similar changes within the UN and UNESCO.
Obituary: Girish Karnad 1938 – 2019
It is with great sadness that the ITI GS relays to you news of the passing of Girish Karnad, one of India’s most loved actors, directors and playwrights.
We are sure you will join us in sending our condolences to those he left behind, and showing our appreciation for all his magnificent achievements.
Please click to read touching tributes from Tobias Biancone (ITI Director-General), Ramendu Majumdar (Honorary Member of ITI) & Vidyanidhee Vanarase (President ITI India, EC Member).
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.
Call for Application for the Second Student Festival of the ITI/UNESCO Network at Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d'Europa
The Network Secretariat is pleased to announce a second Student Festival of the ITI/UNESCO Network has been confirmed, and applications are now open. The Student Festival will be held at the facilities of Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d'Europa in Milan/Italy from Monday to Friday, 13 to 17 July 2020. Ten successful applicant Universities/Institutions from the ITI/UNESCO Network will be invited to bring a group of up to ten people to give a performance related to the theme of “Home”. The attending professor is also asked to give a workshop during the festival.
The hosts have kindly agreed to provide accommodation and breakfast to successful applicants. Travel and visa costs must be covered by the applicants themselves.
This presents a fantastic opportunity for the Member Institutions of the ITI/UNESCO Network to give their students a wonderful experience on a global stage and for the teachers to exchange with their colleagues. We wish you luck in your applications, which must follow the terms and conditions laid out in the call. The deadline for applications is 15 November 2019. Only Network Member Institutions can apply.
>>Click here to view The Call in full
>>Click here to view the Application Form
ITI North Macedonia: Dispersive dramatics: Poor Little Rich Drama in Kratovo (Drama in Movement)
The North Macedonian Centre of ITI wish to publicise their new project, Dispersive dramatics: Poor Little Rich Drama, which begins on 26 October 2019 in the old city of Kratovo, North Macedonia.
The purpose of the Project, which is funded by the local Ministry of Culture and is the brainchild of multiple authors, is to use the tools and language of theatre to promote the old historic sites of medieval Kratovo. They will achieve this by making public readings from 11 short plays from the e-book Poor Little Rich Drama.
For more information on the event, please contact macedoniancenterofiti(at)gmail.com or >>visit their Facebook Page.
ITI Austria: Japan-Austria 1869-2019 Celebration Concerts
To celebrate the 150th Anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic ties between Austria and Japan, the Austrian ITI Centre will be holding a series of concerts in Vienna during the month of November.
They will see many top-class performers come to the city in recognition of the strong bonds between the two countries. For more information, please visit www.iti-arte.at or email office(at)iti-arte.at
Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Romania 2020: Final Call
The Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Romania is pleased to announce that its 27th Edition of the Drama and Arts Management Universities Convention, which will take place in Sibiu from the 12 June - 21 June 2020.
The festival, which seeks to promote artistic creation of the highest quality, has now put forward its >>Open Call for performances at the event. Lucky candidates will have accommodation and meals provided for an agreed time at the event, have all their technical needs met, and be able to perform at one of Europe’s premier theatre festivals.
>>To register for the event, please click here. Before applying to perform at the festival, be sure to check-out this >>Festival Guide and this >>Catalogue of Selection Protocol. Should you need anything else, do not hesitate to contact luminita.birsan(at)sibfest.ro The Deadline for submissions is 3 November 2019.
Critical Stages/Scènes Critiques: Call for Articles and Essays
The International Association of Theatre Critics IATC’s Critical Stages/Scènes Critiques, a peer reviewed journal, wish to post a call for articles and essays on the theme of Re-Orienting Arab Theatre and Performance: New Political Aesthetics.
Critics, scholars and art enthusiasts are encouraged to write on the aesthetics, meanings and social implications of the theme. The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2019. Articles should be in English or French and be no longer than 3,500 words. >>For more information, please click here.
A new international day to celebrate: World Opera Day
The International Theatre Institute ITI congratulates the Opera Europa, OPERA America and Ópera LatinoAmerica for the launch of World Opera Day on 25 October 2019 during an event held in Strasbourg (France) and Karlsruhe (Germany). It recommends to the Centres of ITI to assist Opera in their countries with the know-how of World Theatre Day and International Dance Day that the Centre may have.
The first ever World Opera Day will be held on 25 October 2019, with an international social media campaign and local events shining the light on Opera’s contribution to citizens' wellbeing. The three main opera associations join forces with encouragement from UNESCO and the International Theatre Institute to remind people of the role of artistic expression and creativity.
To engage with the initiative, we invite our members to join the World Opera Day social media campaign via their channels. Gather and publish 30 second videos showing the benefit of opera: young and dynamic singers or musicians that can communicate their enthusiasm for opera, testimonies of children who were involved in one of your educational programmes. On World Opera Day, publish these videos and interesting World Opera Day events on your channels with the hashtag #WorldOperaDay.
Please let celia(at)opera-europa.org know about your plans! >>For more information from the event organizers, please click here.
Join World Opera Day!
International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama – Cyprus, July 2020
The Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Cyprus Centre of the International Theatre Institute and the Deputy Ministry of Tourism, announce the opening of the submission of proposals by Cypriot theatre groups/individuals and by theatre groups/individuals not residing in Cyprus, to participate in the twenty-fourth edition of the “International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama”, which will be held from the end of June until the end of July 2020, in Cyprus.
The deadline for submissions is: Monday, December 2, 2019. Please visit www.greekdramafest.com or >>click here to see the call in full.
Open Call: Traditional Performing Arts Seminar within One Belt and One Road Countries, Shanghai Theatre Academy 13-15 November 2019
The Shanghai Theatre Academy announced wishes to share its first event related to its ‘Silk Road Platform’.
From Wednesday-Friday, 13 to 15 November 2019, Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA) and the International Theatre Institute (ITI) wish to invite professors and students from ITI/UNESCO Network Institutions to take part in Traditional Performing Arts Seminar focusing on the Silk Road – the One Belt & One Road countries. The Event will contain seminars, workshops and student Performances relating to Traditional Performing Arts. Those interested are encouraged to >>click here for further information and >>view the Open Call and >>Application Form if they wish to apply. Deadline: 28 September 2019.
Tokyo Tokyo Festival Grant – Applications Open
Arts Council Tokyo are pleased to announce that applications for the 2nd Term of the FY2019 Tokyo Tokyo Festival Grant are now open.
The Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL is an initiative that will see a variety of cultural programmes unfold in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, promoting Tokyo’s appeal as a city of arts and culture. They are looking for applications to their “Overseas Artistic Creation in Tokyo” category, which will be made up of theatre projects which provide support to projects in Tokyo that encourage creation.
Applications should be made in Japanese by organizations based in Japan - thus overseas organizations are required to collaborate with local partners. >>Please refer to the guidelines and >>their website for further details.
Network for Emerging Arts Practitioners Monologue Success – IROKO, My Universe
Jeff Fagundes, actor and Director of Collaborations for NEAP, is pleased to be able to share that his monologue, IROKO, My Universe, which was first performed at the ITI World Congress in Segovia, has been further developed and has now been staged in four different countries.
With the help of the NEAP Committee, what was once a Monodrama has blossomed into a full-scale production.
>>For more information on the show’s success, please click here.
Young European Artist Trieste Contemporanea Award 2019
Trieste Contemporanea is pleased to announce that the call of the Young European Artist Award 2019 is now open!
Trieste Contemporanea presents this Award with the aim of promoting young artists from Central Eastern Europe on the international art scene. The winner will be given the opportunity of conceiving and developing a solo show for the Trieste Contemporanea's exhibition space in Trieste, Italy, and will have a relevant catalogue published. >>For more information, and full terms and conditions, 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.
For more information, contact Lloyd Nyikadzino at lloydnyikadzino(at)gmail.com
Argentine Dance Council: 41st Anniversary Celebrations Award Ceremony
The Argentine Dance Council, a Cooperating Member of ITI, celebrated their 41st Anniversary in Buenos Aires on 2 September.
To mark the event, the 10th National Dance Competition “Consejo Argentino de la Danza Paloma Herrera Award” was bestowed upon 16-year-old Miss Romina García Vázquez in the classical category and 19-year-old Miss Camila Arechavaleta in the contemporary dance category. Following this, the Argentine Dance Council held a “Dancing for Peace” event in cooperation with UNICEF on 10 September.
GavranFest: Celebrating Croatian Author Miro Gavran in Prague
The tenth GavranFest, the international theatre festival dedicated to the Croatian author Miro Gavran will be held from the 7th to the 12th of October 2019 in Prague in Czech Republic.
This year, theatres from six countries will take part: the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Albania, Serbia, Hungary and Croatia.
>>Programme/More Info www.mirogavran.com
54th Edition of Borštnikovo – Maribor Theatre Festival / European Regional Council Session
This year the European Regional Council is hosted by the Borštnikovo, also known as the Maribor Theatre Festival. It takes place in the Slovenian city of Maribor from 14 to 27 October. For the duration of the festival the City of Maribor, Slovenia, will become a cultural hub, and as part of its efforts it has invited the members of the European Regional Council of ITI to visit the festival and use the inspiring atmosphere for creating joint venture strategies and exchange examples of good practices for the European region.
For more information about the Festival, which is open to people from all around the world: https://www.borstnikovo.si/en/news/festival-preparations-in-full-swing/ or: https://www.borstnikovo.si/en/ If you’re part of an ITI Centre from Europe, check with Roberta Quarta if your Centre is already part of the invited guests. Email: teatro(at)astragali.org
ITI Montenegro: “Conversation about Love" directed by Jernej Lorenci & Involvement in the XXIII International Master -The New Commedia dell’Arte
The Montenegro Centre of ITI have two exciting updates to share.
Firstly, they wish to announce the premiere of “Conversation about Love" directed by Jernej Lorenci at the Royal Theatre Zetski dom in Cetinje. The play has been made possible by the EU funded project “ADNICH” and the ART Ghetto programme of the Royal Theatre. It is a result of the co-production between Royal Theatre Zetski dom Cetinje and the Slovenian National Theatre in Ljubljana and as an international project, the play will gather actors and actresses from four countries: Italy, Albania, Montenegro and Slovenia. The premiere will take place on 14 September, with reprises to follow. For more information, please contact kraljevic.zetskidom(at)gmail.com
Furthermore, ITI Montenegro are proud to announce that Montenegrin actress Marija Masha Labudovic will participate to the XXIII International Master -The New Commedia dell’Arte (1 - 22 September 2019) in Pordenone Italy. This marks a special occasion for cross cultural exchange within theatre.
Directors Lab Mediterranean to launch in Beirut July 15-24, 2019
Directors Lab Mediterranean (DLM) will launch its initial Lab in July 2019 at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Following the model of the Directors Lab at the Lincoln Center Theater in New York, DLM aims to provide emerging stage directors from all over the world with the opportunity to build peer connections and create artistic networks with other Mediterranean theatre makers.
Emerging and mid-career stage directors from all over the world are invited to apply to join the Lab, which will run for 10 days and will accept approximately 20 directors. The Lab is provided free of charge to all accepted applicants. DLM is accepting applications until December 3rd, 2018 through their website http://directorslabmed.org
>>For full information, please click here.
Bethlehem International Performing Arts Festival October 2 - 9 2020
The Diyar Theatre/Dar Al-Kalim, a University College for Arts and Culture, is planning to organize the second edition of the Bethlehem International Performing Festival in 2020. The aim of BIPAF is to link international performers with the youth of Palestine through workshops and activities.
The organizers wish to extend an invitation to performing artists, groups and companies all over the world to apply to participate. Applications are open until October 31st 2019. >>For full information on how to apply please click here. >>For a full report of the previous BIPAF held in 2018, click here.
XIV Meeting of Colombian Theatre Schools 15 & 18 October 2019, Bogota
RET Colombia are delighted to be able to announce the XIV Meeting of Colombian Theatre Schools which will take place on 15 & 18 October 2019, in Bogota, Colombia.
The event will consist of Academic and Practical activities and is open to both students and teachers from Colombian institutions. >>For more information, click here or email retcolombiaoficial(at)gmail.com
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.
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.
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)gmail.com or >>visit their website by clicking 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.
20th International Drama Colony of Croatia
The International Drama Colony was held in the Croatian city of Grožnjan from 1-7 July 2019. This year’s programme was accomplished in collaboration between the Croatian ITI Centre and the North Macedonian Centre of ITI.
The International Drama Colony in Grožnjan has been held since 1999. The main goals are verification of new foreign and domestic plays through stage readings and to establish collaboration between Croatia and other countries through the exchange of plays. For more information, such as how to be involved in next year’s edition, contact the Croatian ITI Centre - hcentariti(at)gmail.com
Final Invitation & Call – Gurdjieff Institute Centenary Celebrations, Tbilisi, Georgia
The Gurdjieff Institute – in association with the Georgian Centre of ITI – are pleased to be send you a call for participation for the Gurdjieff Centenary Celebrations, an event to mark the 100th anniversary since the mystic George Gurdjieff moved to Tbilisi, Georgia.
The event will be celebrated in Tbilisi from 10-13 October 2019 with workshops, exhibitions, conferences, films, performances, concerts & guided tours to places where Gurdjieff lived and worked. The deadline for applications is 25 July 2019.
>>For a Registration Form, please click here.
>>For further information on the different ways you can participate, please view this Call.
>>For full information on the Gurdjieff Institute of Georgia, please click here.
International Call – Alba International Physical Theatre Festival
The Alba International Physical Theatre Festival are calling for participants to their inaugural event, which will take place in Alba, Italy, from 14-16 February 2020.
Their panel are looking for physical theatre shows with no verbal interaction so that pieces can be appreciated by audiences of any nationality. There is no specific requirement on the genre of the show proposed. Shows should have a minimum length of 45 minutes. Selected groups will be given a minimum of 500 euros, though travel costs cannot be covered by the festival.
The deadline for application is 31 July 2019. Those interested please visit www.aiptf.it
News from Slovenia - Maribor Theatre Festival coming up in October!
The programme for the 54th Maribor Theatre Festival is ready. In the second half of October, Maribor (Slovenia) will once again be the epicentre of the theatre (and theatre related) meetings and exchanges.
Importantly, this event will play host to the European Regional Council Meeting, as well as a competition, symposiums, meetings and performances. >>For more information, please click here or visit the website; www.borstnikovo.si/en/
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.
Kill Zone: a love story by Wanda Graham, 1-28 September 2019, Vienna
To commemorate the 80th anniversary since the outbreak of the Second World War, celebrate International Peace Day, and mark the inauguration of World Emotional Trauma Awareness Day, FotoArt IN FOCUS Franziskanerplatz, Vienna, Austria, are pleased to announce Kill Zone: A Love Story by Wanda Graham.
The show, running from 1-28 September 2019, is the second piece of Graham’s military theatre trilogy. >>For more information click here or contact info(at)vivienkabar.at
UNIMA – 90th Anniversary
The Union Internationale de la Maronnette – UNIMA, the partner organization of ITI which deals with Puppetry is celebrating its 90th Anniversary on 22 September 2019 in Charleville-Mézières, in France. The celebration is part of the World Festival of Puppet Theatres to be held from 20 to 29 September. There will be an exhibition at the Musée de l´Ardenne from 20 to 29 September with the title: “People and Puppets. UNIMA, believing in and creating a common future for puppetry, 1929-2019”.
More information: www.unima.org
Contact: contact(at)unima.org
International Music Council IMC-CIM – 70th Anniversary
IMC, one of the Partner Organizations, is celebrating its 70th Anniversary in Paris, from 28 September to 1 October. The IMC has put together a rich programme for its anniversary with conferences that are focussing on the 5 Music Rights. Full details about programme, registration, etc. to be found on: www.imc70.org More information: www.imc-cim.org Contact: info(at)imc-cim.org
Workshop: Cantiere Ibsen/Art Needs Time
The Cantiere Ibsen/Art Needs Time Workshop, a Project by Il Mulino di Amleto and created with Fertili Terreni Teatro, in collaboration with the Swiss ITI Centre, is a periodical training regime that will allow participants to understand how to take back the idea of research and creativity. It is open to anyone who wishes to come and explore those questions.
The programme contains 6 workshops by Marco Lorenzi, director of Il Mulino di Amleto, with extra participation from various guests, experts and artists that have been invited to be directly involved in the above-mentioned process. The workshops are aimed at professional European actresses and actors and will take place in Turin between October 2019 and June 2020.
>>For full information such as terms and conditions, a calendar and how to apply, please click here. Deadline for application: 20 September 2019.
ITI North Macedonia: “ConFront Drama” - a collaboration with Mrs. Sylvia Huszar
The North Macedonian Centre of ITI are pleased to announce a unique insight into Contemporary Hungarian Theatre and drama with a lecture and workshop from renowned theatre theoretician Sylvia Huszár.
The Workshop will take place (in English) from 9-13 September 2019 at the Teatar Anton Panov in Strumica, North Macedonia, as part of the Hungarian Cultural season endorsed by the North Macedonian Ministry of Culture and the Hungarian Embassy. Huszar will discuss her own career and highlight the importance of Hungarian drama. Those interested are encouraged to contact macedoniancenterofiti(at)gmail.com
World Theatre Training Institute AKT-ZENT Newsletter
World Theatre Training Institute AKT-ZENT have released their newsletter, containing many interesting updates for all concerned.
>>Click here to view an online version, which includes a call to their ALthattheatre programme, which implements Quantum Pedagogy and Hybrid Theatre Training, A new edition of their hybrid course The Vertical of the Role, and an opportunity to learn from Jurij Alschitz’s The Art of Dialogue.
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.
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.
ITI Montenegro Centre: “Balkan Boys” directed by Sinisa Evtimov
Inspired by Anthony McCarten and Stephen Sinclair's "Ladies Night" & "The Full Monty", “Balkan Boys” is an unusual story about an ordinary man and his struggle for survival – as his faith in life and humanity is tested amid deceived expectations.
“Balkan Boys” is a result of the EU funded project “ADNICH “ IPA CBC Italy-Albania-Montenegro and a part of the ART Ghetto programme of the Royal Theatre. It premieres on Wednesday, 7 August 2019 at the Royal Theatre Zetski Dom in Cetinje (Montenegro), with reprises on the 8, 9 & 10 August.
>>For more information, click here or >>visit the Facebook page of the host theatre.
ITI Philippines: Gallery of the Sea on the SDGs and the Care of the Ocean
The Philippines Centre of the International Theatre Institute, the Earth Savers UNESCO Dream Centre, along with the Climate Institute Advisory Board, the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Task Force and the Manila Yacht Club, invite everyone to the inauguration of the Gallery of the Sea on the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and the Care of the Ocean Exhibition.
The event will take place on Tuesday, 13 August 2019, from 8:30 am at the Manila Yacht Club. It promises to give food for thought to all present on Sustainable Development Goals in relation to our Oceans. >>For more information, click here.
ASSITEJ South Africa – The Cradle of Creativity - 20-25 August 2019, Cape Town
ITI’s Partner Organization ASSITEJ wishes to invite delegates to attend their Cradle of Creativity event, an international festival of Theatre for Young Audiences from 20-25 August 2019, in Cape Town.
The Cradle of Creativity was designed to spark creativity in artists, teachers, researchers and academics, as well as creativity in the children and young people who encountered performances, and in the broader audiences who experienced the event. The event comprises conferences, gatherings, performances and a whole lot more.
>>To find out more, such as how to register, please click here.
Danspunt Out of the Toolbox Workshop Festival, 21-25 August 2019, Ghent, Belgium
Danspunt, a Ghent-based dance organization, are pleased to announce their Out of the Toolbox Workshop Festival, which will run from 21 – 25 August 2019 in Ghent, Belgium.
The event includes creative and educational workshops for all dance enthusiasts, led by educators, dancers and professionals from all over Europe. >>To register please click here or for more information >>please visit their Facebook page.
Conference on Cultural Policy and Sustainable Development 8 - 9 July 2019, Bundesakademie, Wolfenbüttel, Germany
The German Centre of ITI wish to announce an upcoming Conference on Cultural Policy and Sustainable Development, which will run from the 8-9 July 2019 at the Bundesakademie in Wolfenbüttel, Germany.
The conference investigates the role of arts and culture for sustainable development, offering insights and exchange with scholars of the Graduate School ‘Performing Sustainability’ from West-Africa as well as researchers of the Master’s programme ‘Cultural Policy and Cultural Management’ from the Arab Region and academics from Germany.
>>For full information, click here or >>to register follow this link.
Lebanese International Theatre Festival for Contemporary Dance July 6 – 9 2019
Tiro Association for Arts is calling for participation in the Lebanese International Theatre Festival for Contemporary Dance which will be held from 6 to 9 July 2019.
Artists wishing to participate from Lebanon and abroad can contact tiro.festivals(at)gmail.com to apply and get more information. The festival provides accommodation, supplies and transportation inside Lebanon, but does not bear travel tickets.
Call for Workshop in Locarno, Switzerland / For actors, performers, dancers, artists
International workshop laboratory in Theatre and Performance
True speaking / Authentic being / Invisible revealed
working on POETIC WRITING AS DRAMATIC MONOLOGUE AND PERFORMATIVE ACT, based on the poetry of Alexandro Jodorowski, Allan Ginsberg, Michel Houellbeck and inspired poetry of oriental traditions.”
Directed by Stéphanie Lupo
Location: Locarno at Spazio Elle (Switzerland)
Time: 26 to 30 July 2019
Accommodation is possible on the site by the lake
Information/Registration
www.stephanie-lupo.com/contact
Deadline for the application: 15 July
Early bird price: apply by 3 July
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Contact Stéphanie Lupo: lupo.mental22(at)gmail.com www.stephanie-lupo.com >>For full information, please click here
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.
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)gmail.com or >>visit their website by clicking 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.
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.
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)idu.cz
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)iti-worldwide.org 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)iti-worldwide.org 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)iti-worldwide.org

Further Attachment
Photo by Laura Ramos (royalty free) Picture Named Carlos Celdrán
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.
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)gmail.com
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.
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)naver.com by the deadline of 30 April 2019. Successful applicants will receive a small invitation fee, as well as meals and lodging.
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)iti-worldwide.org
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.
Project: Translating Visual Dramaturgy - Lecture and workshop by Jan Pappelbaum 11-16 April in Skopje
The Macedonian Centre of ITI, and the Goethe Centre of Skopje, announce a project on the theme of translating visual dramaturgy entitled ‘The modern on stage /The dream of the house’, which will be held in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje, from 11-16 April.
The event will take the form of a Workshop led by Jan Pappelbaum of Germany, who will lecture about his professional experience as theatre set designer working with some of the best German and European theatre directors. Pappelbaum will talk about the theatre profile of Schaubuhne from Berlin – one of the most inventive theatres in Germany. In the workshop he will work with our professional set designers and together they will develop set design installations. This will be followed by a digital exhibition.
Akram Khan ‘Why Do We Dance?’ documentary series Spring 2019
Former International Dance Day Message Author Akram Khan has announced a new documentary series to be broadcast this April; an in-depth and up-close exploration of the motivations, provocations and stimulations that make the human race dance.
The series launches to European viewers via Sky Arts on International Dance Day (29th April 2019). Khan takes viewers on a global journey through the most dynamic, seductive and influential dance forms of our time, and profiles the artists redefining the art form for modern audiences.
Lia Karavia’s Nea Smyrni Theatre Workshop Present The Little Prince
March 2019 saw Lia Karavia take her Theatre Workshop, which has previously performed at International Festivals, perform a rendition of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novel The Little Prince in Greece.
The work was adapted for the stage by Lia and the performers ranged from kindergarteners to adults.
Open call for all centres to join ITI Proud Performing Arts LGBTQ+ Working Group of ITI meeting at TCG in Miami 5-7 June and Stockholm Pride 1-2 Aug
There will be two ITI Proud Performing Arts LGBTQ+ meetings taking place in 2019, one in Miami, USA, from 5-7 June and the other in Stockholm from 1-2 August 2019.
The US and Swedish Centres of ITI would like to invite as many representatives from ITI Centre’s to both events, the purpose of which are for participants to exchange experiences, discuss ways of lending a greater platform to theatre projects with an LGBTQ+ theme, and come up with new initiatives.
>>For more information please click here, or email Ulricha Johnson of the Swedish Centre at ulricha(at)scensverige.se
Call for Young Curators to participate in the 9th CEI Venice Forum for Contemporary Art Curators
The Trieste Contemporanea Committee launches a CALL FOR YOUNG CURATORS under the age of 35, willing to be among the speakers at the 9th CEI Venice Forum for Contemporary Art Curators. Winning entrants could have the opportunity to meet international curators and experts and share their thoughts and views on the future art world at the Academy of Fine Arts, Venice, on 9 May 2019.
>>For full information, terms and conditions, please click here.
Renegade Theatre’s The Chibok Girls: Our Story 7 & 11 May 2019
The Chibok Girls: Our Story, is the searing testimonial about the abduction of 276 girls from their school in the Nigerian town of Chibok by the Boko Haram in 2014. Written by Wole Oguntokun the piece will be premiered in tandem with Nobel Prize Winning Playwright and Author Wole Soyinka, who will premiere excerpts from his brand new work A Humanist Ode for Chibok, Leah at the Gonda Theatre, USA.
Tickets are now available. >>For more information, please click here.
56th Theatertreffen: Announcement of 10 Remarkable Productions from 2018
Over the past year, from 22 January 2018 to 20 January 2019, critics Margarete Affenzeller, Eva Behrendt, Wolfgang Höbel, Andreas Klaeui, Dorothea Marcus, Christian Rakow and Shirin Sojitrawalla viewed and discussed a total of 418 productions from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. They have finally announced their selection of this season’s “ten remarkable productions”, which will be invited to the 56th Theatertreffen.
For the >>shortlist in full, please click here, or >>visit the website.
Call for Participation in the 26th Cairo International Festival for Contemporary & Experimental Theatre 10-20 Sept 2019
The Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre (CIFCET) invites applications for its upcoming edition to be held in Cairo, Egypt from 10 - 20 September 2019. The festival is non-competitive and aims to introduce the latest developments in international theatre to Egyptian and Arab audiences while serving as a platform for local and regional productions. Accepted performances will present for two consecutive nights. Additional performances may be organized outside Cairo at the discretion of the festival. The festival will cover all accommodation and local transportation expenses for up to 15 individuals per delegation. The deadline for applications is 15 April 2019.
For full information plus an application form, please >>click here for an English version or >>here for an Arabic one. Alternately you can email cifcetform.en(at)gmail.com
HI Performancz: Prague Visitors' Programme - Czech Puppetry, Dance & Theatre for all the family 30 Oct - 2 Nov 2019
Experience Czech puppet theatre for adult and family audiences plus further theatre and dance productions all within a special programme package for international audiences. HI Performancz: Prague Visitors' Programme is organized by the Arts and Theatre Institute together with Czech theatres and companies, the puppetry showcase One Flew Over the Puppeteer's Nest and Czech ASSITEJ centre. Free accommodation, tickets and networking activities are available for a limited number of visitors. Registration is open until 15 March, 2019. >>Find the registration form by clicking here.
Call for Participation in the IAPAR International Theatre Festival Nov 2019 in Pune, India
The International Association for Performing Arts and Research, is happy to announce the Call for Participation in the fourth IAPAR Theatre Festival.
The festival will feature performances from across the globe, master classes, as well as formal and informal interactions between artists from India and other countries. This festival will take place in Pune, India, in November 2019. Deadline for application is 27 March 2019.
Send an email to iapar.festival(at)gmail.com for the detailed application form or >>visit their Facebook page for more information by clicking here.
Competition: IATC Reflections on Contemporary Chinese Theatre
The China Section of the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC-China, Beijing) invites entries for an international competition for articles and essays, already published in English, related to contemporary Chinese theatre. Three selected winners will each receive a “Critics Award for Reflections on Contemporary Chinese Theatre,” and a monetary prize of 5000 RMB.
Entries can be either academic or journalistic. Feature articles and academic essays should be between 3500 and 6500 words, and theatre or performance reviews between 1500 and 2500 words. Writings must have been published, in print or online, in the last three years—that is, between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2018.
Please submit entries to cab(at)kalina-stefanova.com by the deadline of 1 April 2019.
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!
New Website from the Hungarian Centre
The Hungarian Centre of ITI are constructing a new Website – with Hungarian and English versions. It offers ample information about the theatre scene in their country. Have a look.
The Hungarian Centre also publishes a Newsletter. If you do not yet receive it, please write to lakoshanna(at)gmail.com
Follow-up on the 70th Anniversary of ITI Event in Haikou
Some of the participants of the 70th Anniversary Conference may have heard the statement from Fin Ross RUSSELL, member of the Network Emerging Artist Professionals NEAP, in which he mentioned the results of DICE - a research paper which took an in-depth look at the performance level of students who regularly participated in educational theatre and drama activities. DICE (‘Drama Improves Lisbon Key Competences in Education’) was an international EU-supported project. >>The full research finding´s document can be found here and is well worth reading!
FITAAS – ITI Congo Brazzaville Festival
The Congo Brazzaville Centre of ITI wish to announce preparations for the 2nd edition of the International Festival of Theatre and Other Performing Arts (FITAAS) which will be held from 24 to 31 March 2019 in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire. They can offer accommodation to both local and international troupes who are interested. The deadline for submissions is 15 February 2019. >>For more information (in French), please click here or contact yvon.lewa(at)navitrans.com
Open call: looking for international guests at the Swedish Performing Arts Biennial 14-19 May 2019
Scensverige – the Swedish ITI Centre - produces Scenkonstbiennalen, the Swedish Performing Arts Biennial, every second year. The next edition will take place in the two cities of Sundsvall and Härnösand 14-19 May 2019. Scenkonstbiennalen is Sweden’s largest festival for performing arts. For international visitors it serves as a window into the world of Swedish performing arts, with its selection of outstanding local performances which highlight the best of Swedish theatre, music and dance, as well as international productions and student presentations, workshops, seminars and much else. Those interested are asked to contact Brita Osafo, International Coordinator, at brita(at)scensverige.se >>For full information (in English), including details of which countries may have their attendance supplemented by the Swedish Institute, please click here.
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 www.novadrama.sk
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)gmail.com. >>To apply 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.
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
Madagascar
President: Andriambatosoa Rajohnson RAVALOSON
fmtm1(at)yahoo.fr
mbatoravaloson(at)hotmail.com
>>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
compagniecage(at)gmail.com
www.cagecompagnie.com
www.facebook.com/CAGECompAGniE/
Circular Ruins Project
Legends on circular ruins is a project by Astragali Teatro (a founding member of ITI Italy), supported by the European Programme "Creative Europe" for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. The project features the implementation of artistic residences and an international conference running from July 2018 to March 2019, in five archaeological sites, in Italy (Rudiae and Castro, in the province of Lecce), Spain (Segovia), Romania (Constanta) and Albania (Nivica). The project aims to promote intercultural and inter-generational dialogue by linking tangible and intangible heritage, performing arts, life stories, traditional knowledge and skills with contemporary issues.
>>For a precis of the project activities, please click here or >>visit their website.
Exhibition Searching for Identity (At the Time of Selfie) - Trieste Contemporanea
From 9 – 22 February 2019 ArtSpace and Trieste Contemporanea held an exhibition entitled Exhibition Searching for Identity (At the Time of Selfie) at the Studio Tommaseo in Trieste, Italy. The event was curated by Giuliana Carbi Jesurun and Gabriella Cardazzo. For information, please >>visit their website by clicking here.
World Puppetry Day 21 March 2019
In 2003, UNIMA – the international union of puppetry, launched World Puppetry Day which takes place every March 21.
It is celebrated in a variety of ways. Those organizing events celebrate World Puppetry Day according to their own needs and purposes.
Each year, an influential multidisciplinary artist is invited by UNIMA to write the annual message for this special day. In this special year of 90th anniversary, UNIMA asked to the great indian personality Dadi D. Pudumjee, emeritus artist and President of International UNIMA, to write the international message. >>For more information, please click here.
ITI Italy and USA: C.U.R.A – Next Generation 2019 Artistic Residency
TC.U.R.A (Centro Umbro Residenze Artistiche) are pleased to announce that applications are now open to join their New Performance Development Incubator, an intensive residential retreat for young theatre and dance creators. Part of the Next Generation 2019 initiative, the programme is looking to unearth new talent by inviting individuals and groups who have a project in gestation to its three residencies in Umbria in June 2019, giving them the space and environment to experiment. It is open to a maximum of 18 people, and the deadline for applications is 8 March 2019; >>Application forms can be found by clicking here – please send them to nextgeneration.cura(at)gmail.com
Argentine Dance Council: Video and Competition
The Cooperating Member of ITI, the Argentine Dance Council (C.A.D.) sends its best wishes to all at ITI following anniversary celebrations for both organizations in 2018. They have created a video showing the history of the Argentine Dance Council since its inception in 1978, to view >>please click here.
They also wish to announce new requirements for entrants in the Paloma Herrera Award at its 10th Dance Competition. This award, which highlights the values of young Argentinians, is open to young performers who hold Argentine Residency.
Registration and participation is free, and >>for further information about age regulations and to sign-up, please click this link. For more information contact: durantebeatriz(at)hotmail.com
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.
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)gmail.com.
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
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: www.iti-worldwide.org/unitedkingdom.html
Carlos CELDRAN, Cuba – World Theatre Day Message Author for 2019
Every year the Executive Council of ITI choses an outstanding theatre personality to write the message for World Theatre Day, which has been celebrated internationally every March 27th since 1962.
It is our great pleasure and honour to officially announce that for 2019 Carlos CELDRAN from Cuba, the outstanding stage director, playwright and theatre educator, has been selected as the message author for 2019. >>To read the message and know more about the author, please click here.
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.
GavranFest: 1 to 3 February 2019, Augsburg, Germany
The ninth international GavranFest, which exclusively features plays by the Croatian author Miro Gavran, will take place 1-3 February 2019. For the first time in its history, it will be held at the Sensemble Theatre in Augsburg, Germany. Five productions from Austria, Croatia and Germany will be presented, as well as round-tables in which Gavran’s work will be discussed in-depth by experts.
For more information as to how to get involved, please contact hc-iti(at)zg.t-com.hr of the Croatian ITI Centre.
>>For the Event Programme (in German) please click here.
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)gmail.com. 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.
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.
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)gmail.com. >>Please click here to download the application form.
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.
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)mime-corporel-theatre.com.
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.
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.
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.
53th Maribor Theatre Festival
Brimming with challenge and the poetics of the senses, the oldest and the most prominent theatre festival in Slovenia has always been the scene of exciting arguments, new insights and unexpected reversals. The festival consists of several thematic programs, including Slovenian theatre performances in competition program and international program. Prizes are given for best artistic achievements, the most prestigious prize is the Borštnik Ring, awarded by a special jury to a deserving Slovenian actor for his/her life’s work. The festival has recently evolved into an international event: international symposia, and foreign guests, producers and performances are obvious signs that it is confronting European and global theater scene.
This year, in its 53th edition, festival brings 10 slovenian performances in competition programme, all part of slovenian showcase and surtitled to English for international audiences, further 11 performances in accompanying programme, among them two performances by italian theatre poet Pippo Delbono Company, including his last one - La Gioia. Among many other events for audiences and theatre professionals festival will host special event, dedicated to 70th ITI Worldwide Anniversary The Challenges of Artistic Freedom.
Festival welcomes artistic directors, festival curators, theatre critics and journalists and theatre professionals to Maribor: from 15th to 28th october 2018, with showcase starting on 20th october 2018. Additional informations: https://www.borstnikovo.si/en/news, contact for showcase guests: mojca.kolar(at)borstnikovo.si
Master class by Antatoli Vassiliev
The Master class by Antatoli Vassiliev, will take place at ARTA in Paris, from 10 to 19 December 2018. Ion, ou l’art du rhapsode. La présence et l’absence (Ion, or the art of the rhapsodist. Presence and Absence). The master class will be held in Russian, with simultaneous translation to French by Natalia Isaeva. The purpose of this internship is to initiate the art of rhapsody, with the aim of getting actors and actresses to master it in their own practice. How to proceed? What techniques? Which paths to take? How to practice?
>>For more information please click here.
Teatr ZAR in Bouffes du Nord Theatre
Theatre from the merge of music and movement. Their main expression and act on stage is singing. We can say that we emerge and lose in musical action, and the genre we create is a contemporary musical drama - says Jarosław Fret, director of Teatr Zar from Wrocław (Poland) The form of the spectacle as a musical drama may be something new for the French viewer. Although the cast is international, no language is required. The performance interacts with the audience through the sound and image directly on feelings. The theaters based on a song and movement, on a mastering the voice and the body are specific to Polish culture and take their roots from the achievements of Jerzy Grotowski.
Wednesday 12 December at 8.30 pm – Anamnesis
Thursday 13 December and Friday 14 December at 8.30 pm - Medeas. On Getting Across
Friday 14 December at 5.30 pm – Akropolis
Saturday 15 December at 3.30 pm - Medeas. On Getting Across
>>For more information please click here or contact: jtabisz(at)grotowski-institute.art.pl
Call for Articles for the World of Theatre
We are happy to announce that the next edition of The World of Theatre (English version) will be brought out in May 2019. The World of Theatre reflects the collective effort of all the ITI Centres worldwide. For the 14th time we will offer such an essential item of information and promotion for ITI. We hope that, with active participation on the part of your centre, it will be the broadest possible survey of contemporary world theatre. ITI Centres are requested to nominate their contributors for the new edition as soon as possible, so that they can commence to collect materials on the theatre seasons 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 which will be covered in the new volume. If it is not possible to cover three seasons, you are welcome to write on two seasons, preferably the last two. >>The requirements for the book are summarized here. Please make sure to >>read the editorial guidelines here.
Final articles must be delivered by 15 December 2018 to Ramendu Majumdar and Alfira Arslanova at: ramendu(at)expressionsltd.com and alfira.arslanova(at)gmail.com
Call for submission of proposals by theatre groups or individuals for the 2019 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama
The Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Cyprus Centre of ITI and the Cyprus Tourism Organization, announce the opening of the submission of proposals by Cypriot theatre groups or individuals and theatre groups, or individuals not residing in Cyprus, for participating in the 23rd edition of the “International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama”, which will be held during July 2019 (from the 1 to 31 July), in Cyprus. The aim of the Festival is to present performances of ancient Greek drama which project the specific nature of ancient drama, based on the original text of the tragedians and comedians of Greek antiquity. The performances are presented in open-air amphitheatres, such as the Ancient Odeon in Paphos, the Curium Ancient Theatre in Limassol and the “Skali” Amphitheatre in Aglantzia, Nicosia. The theatre groups or individuals expressing interest in submitting a proposal for participating in the “2019 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama”, should submit their proposal using the form, which is available at the Festival’s website: www.greekdramafest.com. The deadline is 10 December 2018. >>To read the full call please click here.
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)iti-worldwide.org 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)iti-worldwide.org and attach a Word file with the text in your language.
Swedstage 2018
From 21 to 24 October 2018 Swedstage are welcoming programmers and presenters from around the world to Stockholm. Swedstage is the opportunity to see and experience the very best of Swedish performing arts for children, youth and adults. During three days in Stockholm, attendees will be able to see exclusively selected Swedish performances, and tour the city. This is open to an international audience. You can find a presentation of the performances at www.swedstage.se. The registration fee for Swedstage is 400 Euro. The fee includes three nights of accommodation in Stockholm, breakfast, lunch and dinner and free entrance to all productions and other events. With the support from the Swedish Institute, the possibility of covering the registration fee and travel costs for some participants can be offered. If you wish to apply for this subsidy, please send your name, organization, country and a short personal statement as to why funding is applicable to you (500 words maximum) to info(at)scensverige.se
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 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
The Grand ITI 70th Anniversary Celebration
We hope everything is going fine with you, and we hope you have received the invitation letters or/and hotel confirmation for the Grand ITI 70th Anniversary Celebration in Hainan which we sent to you last month (IF YOU HAVEN’T, PLEASE CONTACT US IMMEDIATLEY: info(at)iti-worldwide.org)
“Since the date of the event is approaching, please start with your visa process as soon as possible. You cannot do your visa on arrival or before your departure at the airport. You need to do it beforehand in your country. According to the previous experiences of the visa application for the international guests, guests who apply for the visa in different embassies/consulates/visa centres may be required for different documents. If you are asked to provide additional documents not provided by ITI (e.g. special visa letter from local authority, etc.), please inform us right away and we will try our best to help.
Also, we are now working on airport pickup and drop off arrangements: it would be appreciated if you can share with us your confirmed flight information (including the terminals), so we can make the arrangements accordingly. Please send us the info before 25 October 2018. After that, we will not be able to arrange it anymore.
Call for videos / pictures of the 70th Anniversary Celebrations
In order to publicise the anniversary of ITI and showcase the fine work its members do, we are hoping to make a commemorative video. One special facet of the video will be a summary of the events the ITI Centres and Members organized this year as part of the 70th Anniversary, as we feel it would bring the video to life. For that, we simply ask the Centres and Members to send us a video - no more than 25-30 seconds long – or pictures about their activities for the 70th Anniversary of the International Theatre Institute.
NEAPFEST in Brazil
It is with great pleasure that we announce the first NEAPFEST in Brazil is happening from 23-27 October. They united 3 continents to strengthen cooperation and encouragement to the young performing arts. They will have 7 shows, 10 workshops and 8 discussion tables with the theme HERITAGE and all this without any external monetary investment. Brazil is going through a political and ethical crisis at this moment of presidential elections. Their festival is more than a show of artistic works, but a show of political resistance, showing that it is not impossible to accomplish great deeds with few supports. For more information, follow them on social media: @coletivoegregora @neapofITI or >>check here.
53th Maribor Theatre Festival
Brimming with challenge and the poetics of the senses, the oldest and the most prominent theatre festival in Slovenia has always been the scene of exciting arguments, new insights and unexpected reversals. The festival consists of several thematic programs, including Slovenian theatre performances in competition program and international program. Prizes are given for best artistic achievements, the most prestigious prize is the Borštnik Ring, awarded by a special jury to a deserving Slovenian actor for his/her life’s work. The festival has recently evolved into an international event: international symposia, and foreign guests, producers and performances are obvious signs that it is confronting European and global theater scene.
This year, in its 53th edition, festival brings 10 slovenian performances in competition programme, all part of slovenian showcase and surtitled to English for international audiences, further 11 performances in accompanying programme, among them two performances by italian theatre poet Pippo Delbono Company, including his last one - La Gioia. Among many other events for audiences and theatre professionals festival will host special event, dedicated to 70th ITI Worldwide Anniversary The Challenges of Artistic Freedom.
Festival welcomes artistic directors, festival curators, theatre critics and journalists and theatre professionals to Maribor: from 15th to 28th october 2018, with showcase starting on 20th october 2018. Additional informations: https://www.borstnikovo.si/en/news, contact for showcase guests: mojca.kolar(at)borstnikovo.si
Anatoli Vassiliev has been honored with the first Yuri Lyubimov International Theatre Award
The Yuri Lyubimov International Theatre Award has been established in 2017 by ITI and the Lyubimov Foundation. The yearly bestowed award should go an exceptional theatre personality that is constantly enriching the performing arts with performances or educational initiatives. It has been created to remind what Yuri Lyubimov encountered in his life and what he achieved despite having to face big troubles at his time. Consequentially, the award should be given to a person who is doing her or his job despite having be hindered to work as he or she intends to do.
Anatoli Vassiliev, World Theatre Ambassador and World Theatre Day message author 2015, was chosen to be the first recipient of the Award “for his excellence in the theatrical arts as a master for the stage and in education, for his integrity, his courage and his perseverance through troubled waters”.
The Award was given to him at a Celebration in Moscow, on 2 October 2018.
>>To read the speech given by the DG of ITI during the event please click here. To >>read the words given by Anatoli Vassiliev please click here.
2018 Conference and Second General Assembly of the ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in Performing Arts in Shanghai, China
In a bid to build the Network further, by including a wider group of universities from a greater number of countries, ITI is building a Network Task Force, which will oversee several new initiatives designed to keep the Network active and attract new applicant universities. These initiatives include a Mapping Project, a Newsletter, a Magazine, a Second-Student Festival, and much else besides. Furthermore, together with Shanghai Theatre Academy, the Network is now planning a 2018 Second General Assembly Meeting, with a Prologue and Conference in October 2018 in Shanghai, to which existing, new and potential members will be invited to attend. The Prologue is to take place from the 17-19 October 2018. The main part of the Event will take place from 20-22 October 2018, including its Conference on the theme of Higher Education in the Performing Arts in a Global Context, along with statutory meetings. >>To see the program please click here.
World Theatre Training Institute AKT-ZENT/ITI
The World Theatre Training Institute AKT-ZENT/ITI is glad to introduce >>their new website. It presents both ideas for the future and information about their past. Alongside all their programmes and offers, the IDEA CENTRE will be continuously developed, so that it is always worth visiting. You can also take a look at the >>website’s Book Shop: here you will find all teaching handbooks by Jurij Alschitz available as paperback editions, and some as E-Books. Please order them directly, as it is always the most advantageous and quick way for you to get a hold of them. The main autumn event will be the International Festival for Theatre Training Methods - VIII METHODIKA from 27 November to 2 December 2018 in Berlin. The festival is organized by WTTI’s team of teachers for the very first time and invokes Resonance with the School of Dr. Jurij Alschitz. Festival direction: Christine Schmalor. With this festival they are celebrating an anniversary: 20 years of creative work in AKT-ZENT’s studio in Berlin.
Announcing the dates for the IAPAR International Theatre Festival 2018
The IAPAR International Theatre Festival 2018 will happen from 11 to 18 November 2018. It will feature performances from across the globe, master-classes, as well as formal and informal interactions between artists from India & abroad. This festival is a step towards a sustained effort in curating a festival with a purpose of bringing innovative performances in which ‘Actors’ are at the centre. The focus of the festival would hence revolve around the ‘Actor’ taking centre stage.
First NEAP Festival
NEAP Fest is a performing arts' interchange festival with young artists who are members of the Network of Emerging Artists and Professionals' committee of the International Theatre Institute. In sight of the fact that a great part of the world’s population consists of young people aged between 18 and 36 years old, the NEAP committee was created, in 2014, with the purpose of providing a platform for this demographic. From 23 to 27 October, for the first NEAP festival will take place at the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro – UNIRIO. 18 countries will perform: Algeria, Brazil, Czech Republic & Slovakia, Egypt, Finland & USA, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Philippines, Spain, and finally Sweden. >>For more information please click here.
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 General Secretariat team is happy to share with you the programme for this celebration. >>Please click here to check it. (This programme is subject to change).
Educational Event: Scènes émergentes en Afrique (Emerging stages in Africa)
The Educational Event “Scènes émergentes en Afrique” is one of the key events of the ITI 70th Anniversary in 2018. The event will be held in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) from 21 to 30 September 2018. It is co-organized by the Burkina Faso Centre of ITI and the ITI African Regional Council. The event will include workshops and lectures on different topics, round-table discussions on social theatre and how to bring art to people, performances and the ITI 70th Anniversary Celebration Party. The Event aims to contribute to the strengthening of the artistic, technical and managerial capacities of performing artists in Africa and thus facilitate their access to the world stage. It is also a great opportunity for performing artists and educators from all over the world to gather and exchange ideas. For more information please contact: mandehama(at)gmail.com or cb_iit(at)yahoo.fr
On stage Korea in 2019
On Stage Korea is a programme sponsored by the Korean Cultural Service of Washington, which is designed to introduce the performing arts of Korea to American society while providing a stage for the performers to the artists. Washington Korean Cultural Service is recruiting promising artists and art groups that will perform on stage from 16 July to 7 September 2019. Selected artists will be given opportunities to perform in co-sponsored venues in Washington DC. The contest is open to artists who can exhibit excellent works that include topics and materials related to Korean culture, such as music, dance, drama, traditional arts, and pantomime performances. If you would like to apply, please apply online through the Korea Cultural Service before 7 September 2018.
Call for participation in the 9th Lokoranga-18 (International Theatre festival of India)
The Theatre Organization Kasba Arghya is calling for participation in the 9th International Theatre festival of India (Lokoranga), that will happen in Kolkata from 1 to 4 November 2018. For this edition of the festival, they intend to celebrate with solo performances from different parts of the world. More than one entry from a group/company/director can be accepted. The deadline to apply is 12 September 2018. The final list will be published on 15 September. >>For more information please click here or contact kasba_arghya(at)yahoo.com.
Call for participation in the 20th Bharat Rang Mahotsav
The Indian National School of Drama invites proposals for participation in the 20th Bharat Rang Mahotsav (International Theatre Festival of India), which will be held in New Delhi and other cities in India, from 1 February 2019. The festival will feature works by directors, theatre groups and drama institutions from India and abroad, and will showcase outstanding productions that have been performed for the public before 31st August 2018. Applications are invited from interested theatre groups in the prescribed Proforma (available along with other details on the NSD’s website - www.nsd.gov.in) along with a clear recording of the production in VCD/DVD/VHS. Only one entry from a group will be accepted. Last date for receipt of applications addressed to The Director, National School of Drama, Bahawalpur House, Bhagwandas Road, New Delhi-110001 is 10 September 2018.
Call for Project Proposals: Supporting Intercultural Dialogue for Social Cohesion in Urban Africa
Culture at Work Africa is looking to support innovative on-the-ground projects aiming at developing safe and neutral spaces for intercultural dialogue and the promotion of active citizenship and intercommunity relations. This project is implemented by one of the ITI partner organizations: The International Music Council. The present call contains two categories. Applications may be submitted in one of the following:
Category 1: Projects aimed at enhancing public or private cultural spaces as “safe places” for intercultural dialogue by stakeholders active in the public sphere (e.g. organisations active in the social, educational or environmental fields, youth and cultural centres, schools, universities, libraries, local authorities, etc.).
Category 2: Projects aimed at strengthening institutional and professional capacities in intercultural mediation of cultural organisations and operators for social cohesion.
Lead applicants cannot submit more than one application. For this call, applications are eligible when presented by organizations (not-for-profit/profit; public/private) legally registered in one of the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The deadline to apply is 21 September 2018 at 12:00 (GMT).
To read the full call please click here. To read the evaluation criteria please click here. To download the application form please click here.
First jubilee programme of the Macedonian Center of ITI
The 1st Jubilee (1948-2018) programme of the Macedonian Center ITI, in collaboration with the Macedonian Opera and Ballet as well as Festival Skopsko Leto 2018, happened on 3 July 2018. The performance “Metamorphoses” by Ivana Kocevska has been shown to the audience. Here is the description of it: “The thought gives an impulse for the movement process to begin. The body creates the sound. The movement materializes the music, and dance creates its form”.
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
Analogio Festival 2018
The Analogio Festival 2018 will take place from 21 to 27 September in Athens, Greece. The Festival will invite the most original and challenging creative voices from all continents of the world, each continent per year, for an extraordinary series of celebrations of contemporary playwriting in Athens. In an unprecedented gathering, the festival will feature key dramatists from Eastern and Central Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Each edition will be dedicated to a particular continent, so that during a full week, Greek and international audiences will have the unique opportunity to engage directly with authors from that part of the world. The daily programme will include shows, play readings, conferences, round-table discussions, exhibitions dedicated to every playwright invited to Athens for this truly global programme of Analogio. This festival will be part of the Year of the 70th Anniversary of the International Theatre Institute.
>>For more information 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.
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.
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.
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.
International Drama Colony in Groznjan, Istria, Croatia
The International Drama Colony is considered among one of the most attractive programmes of the Croatian Centre of ITI. It was launched in 1999 with the ambition of exploring and promoting foreign and domestic plays through stage readings. This year, the International Drama Colony will be held from 2 to 8 July under the organization of the Croatian Centre of ITI and the Network of Emerging Arts Professionals of ITI. The participants are from different countries of the world. The residency programme will present young and emerging playwrights and actors an opportunity for staging their plays. The residency programme is intriguing and attractive as it is set in the environment of the medieval Istrian town of Grožnjan. The stage reading of the plays is scheduled for 7 July 2018 in Groznjan, Istria. >>For more information please click here.
The Actor’s Atelier
The Actor’s Atelier is a 3-year project of the Grotowski Institute divided into three yearly series of work sessions that will be held simultaneously at different partner venues from 2018–2021. Each year, at each of the venues, a group of 14 participants will take part in a course of 4–5 work sessions. Please note the sessions will be led in English. The programme of the Actor’s Atelier in Paris consists of five sessions held in Paris and one session held in Wrocław, Poland. The Paris sessions will take place at La Guillotine, 24 rue Robespierre, 93100 Montreuil. Each session will consist of several-day training in the lines of practice represented by the leaders who hold regular work sessions at the Grotowski Institute in Wrocław. If you are interested in participating in the project, please email your completed application form and CV to Amandine Audinot at actorsatelier.paris(at)gmail.com by 9 July 2018.
>>For more information please click here. To >>download the application form please click here.
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)tauex.tau.ac.il. The deadline is end of June.
Open Call for the Students Performing Groups to Participate into the Grand ITI 70th Anniversary Celebration Event in Hainan, China
The International Theatre Institute ITI invites the students performing groups from the current member academies, institutions of the ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts or the student groups from the non-member academies, institutions which are interested to join in the Network, to participate into and perform during the Grand ITI 70th Anniversary Celebration which will happen from 23 to 26 November 2018 in Hainan Province, China. It is our hope that this event can be a great opportunity for the young students on performing arts to exchange, learn and cooperate. With hundreds of participants from the global performing arts community as well as the local participants, we also believe this will be a great opportunity to promote the ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts. For more information please click here. The deadline to apply is 22 June 2018.
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 www.mtnow.org to find out the call in different languages.
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
Final Worldwide Call for Young Theatre Artists
Last call to join the Network of Emerging Artists and Professionals as part as the 70th Anniversary of the International Theatre Institute.
NEAP FEST is the first theatrical exchange festival organized by members of the Network of Emerging Artists and Professionals of ITI. The Festival opens on 23 October 23 at the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. The first NEAP Fest will feature: 10 international shows—7 from NEAP artists and 3 Street performances from Latin America—as well as 7 Brazilian shows, of which 4 are street performances; 13 Invited workshops; 8 roundtable discussions and 1 Short Scenes Exhibition of UNIRIO students. >>For more information please click here.
Not by Force but by Art
The Global Launch of the International Peace Movement: Not by Force but by Art under UNESCO Patronage is scheduled for 20 to the 23 May 2018 for the triple observance of the UN Day for World Creativity and Innovation Day (April 20), Earth Day (April 22) and to usher the International Dance Week celebration by the International Theatre Institute (ITI) on its 70th Anniversary. This cultural diplomatic initiative consists of a Music-Dance-Theatre Arts Concert with participants from claimant countries of the conflicted West Philippine/China Sea and the divided Korean Peninsula to help lower the decibel of confrontation and aggressive behavior.
>>For more information please click here.
>>To see the detailed programme please click here.
The 7th Colombo International Theatre Festival
The 7th Colombo International Theatre Festival will be in full swing in Colombo from 23 to 30 May. Forums, workshops and felicitations together with 13 foreign and Local productions, 200 dramatists, will be here in Sri Lanka. A special press conference will be held to cover the festival activities on 3 May at the German Cultural Centre Auditorium (Goethe Institut) at 4.00pm. You and your organization are cordially invited to cover this international conference. >>Please click here to read the invitation. For more information please contact: Jayalath S. Gomes or M.Safeer at interactartsl(at)gmail.com.
Contemporary German Theatre Playwrights (2010/2017)
On 12 June 2018, in Skopje, at Kino Kultura, The Macedonian FYROM Center of ITI in collaboration with Goethe Institut Skopje is hosting talented and one of the most significant playwright from Hamburg, Germany – Ms. Ulrike Syha. Syha will give a lecture titled “Who is the author?” - Recent Trends in Contemporary German Theatre and will provide an overview of recent trends in German contemporary theatre (2010-2017), using both video and text-based examples. It will introduce influential voices from the fields of written drama, devised theatre, and other types of text production, offering insights into related debates. After the lecture she will express her approach in the workshop “Who Am I, The Author?”- Writing Strategies and Challenges in Contemporary Theatre. The workshop is aimed at playwrights at the start of their careers. She will discuss the challenges and hazards of contemporary playwriting, including changing types of authorship and their impact on the position of the author in theatre. This project is as part of the programme Poor Little Rich Drama and is organized by Ass. Prof. Ph.D Ivanka Apostolova – Head of Macedonian Centre FYROM of International Theatre Institute with the support of the Goethe Institut Skopje.
CIFCET
The Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre (CIFCET) invites applications for its upcoming 25th edition to be held in Cairo, Egypt from 10th to 20th, 2018. As a noncompetitive festival organized annually by the Ministry of Culture of the Arab Republic of Egypt, CIFCET mission is to create a forum for communication and dialogue among diverse populations and communities by means of the various forms of theater and performance. >>To read the call please click here. >>To apply please click here.
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 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.
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 shaig.mincult.az(at)gmail.com.
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
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.
Congress
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.
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: www.international-dance-day.org/messageauthor.html 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).
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.
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)teater.ee. The deadline is 15 May 2018. For more information 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: www.mongolianballet.com
The deadline to register is 15 May 2018. If you have any questions, please send an email to: president(at)mongolianballet.com
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.
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 coletivoegregora@gmail.com or itineap@gmail.com to receive submission guidelines and >>please click here for more information.
World Theatre Day 2018
The International Theatre Institute and the Executive Council of ITI are happy to announce the selected five message authors for World Theatre Day 2018:

Asia Pacific: Ram Gopal BAJAJ, India
Arab countries: Maya ZBIB, Lebanon
Europe: Simon MC BURNEY, UK
The Americas: Sabina BERMAN, Mexico
Africa: Werewere-Liking GNEPO, Ivory Coast

Please click here: www.world-theatre-day.org/messageauthor.html 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).
Call for Videos of the World Theatre Day Messages 2018
The General Secretariat would like to take the special opportunity of the 70th Anniversary to give our ITI Centres around the world the chance to be actively involved in our plans for WTD 2018. We hope you and your Centre will respond to our calls for Videos, which will increase the visibility of your Centre as well as the theatre community in your country. For this, >>please check this Call for Videos of the World Theatre Day Messages 2018. To see the videos made in the previous years, >>please click here.
Pre-registration and Scholarship applications are open for Theatre in Post Conflict Communities Summer School
The Summer School is international and designed for undergraduate students from the Humanities, Social Sciences and other disciplines, interested in attaining knowledge and tools in theatre and performance, as they relate to community. It is hosted by the Department of English Studies of the University of Cyprus in Nicosia (Cyprus), in partnership with Brandeis University's Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts. The first deadline is 25 March 2018.
>>For more information please click here.
Global Peace Movement “Not by Force but by Art”
The Global Peace Movement “Not by Force but by Art” is a Music Theatre Arts Peace Concert to be hosted in the Philippines with artists from claimant countries of the conflicted West Philippine Sea/China Sea in Manila from 20 to 23 April. This concert will be complemented with a special International Educational Cultural Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development, with distinguished cultural leaders in the region as the participants. >>Please click here to read the personal blessing given by the UNESCO Director General Audrey AZOULAY to the President of the Philippines Centre of the International Theatre Institute and Social Change Network of ITI- CIDC, Cecilia Guidote Alvarez, winner of the UNESCO Medal of Peace, and director of the Earthsavers Ensemble honored as Artist for Peace.
Third IAPAR International Theatre Festival 2018
The International Association for Performing Arts and Research is happy to announce the Call for Participation in the third IAPAR International Theatre Festival 2018. The IAPAR International Theatre Festival 2018 will feature performances from across the globe, master-classes, as well as formal and informal interactions between artists from India and elsewhere. This festival is a step towards a sustained effort in curating a festival with a purpose of bringing innovative performances to the city where an ‘Actor’ will be at the centre. The focus of the festival would hence revolve around the ‘Actor’ taking Centre stage. This festival will take place in Pune, India in November 2018. The deadline for submitting an application is 27th March 2018. Send an email to iapar.festival(at)gmail.com for the detailed application form.
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.
10th Edition of the Market for African Performing Arts
The MASA is a cultural platform which promotes African Performing Arts. Its main objectives are to support creativity and good quality productions, and to facilitate the movement of artists and their works within Africa and throughout the world. Since its creation in 1993, a festival is organized every two years. This year, from 10 to 17 March will be the 10th edition of the Market for African Performing Arts (MASA), which will be held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. >>For more information please click here.
First World Mime Conference, and First World Mime Students Festival
The World Mime Organization are proud and happy to invite you to take part in the First World Mime Conference, and First World Mime Students Festival, in Belgrade, Serbia, from 21 to 23 March. The WMO wants to bring together everyone from the world of mime to have a truly rich gathering, and so the Conference and Festival is open to mime professionals, practitioners, theoreticians, researchers, artists, producers, professors, students, agents, festival organizers and financiers, as well as practitioners of theatre, dance, film, broadcasters and anyone else interested. The WMO would like to make a particularly special call to people with hearing impairments, who they are keen to have as part of their beloved audience.
>>For more information please click here. To >>see the programme of the conference, please click here or write an email to conference(at)worldmime.org
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 registration for the 16th edition of the HIGH FEST International Performing Arts Festival, which will take place from 1 to 15 October in Yerevan, Armenia is opened.
>>Please click here to download the registration form. The deadline is 15 March.
International Scientific Conference
The Faculty of Dramatic Arts of Belgrade, Serbia, is organizing an International Scientific Conference with the theme Theatre between politics and policies: new challenges, on 23 and 24 March 2018. They invite academics, artists, theatre practitioners, and students to propose paper/project presentations, thematic panel sessions, or workshops in these areas, or to suggest other innovative and provocative themes. Proposals should be submitted to email: theatreconference(at)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 jovana.karaulic(at)fdu.bg.ac.rs.
World Theatre Day 2018
The General Secretariat is now working on the World Theatre Day Celebration that will take place on Tuesday 27 March at the UNESCO buildings in Paris. The selected message authors will be announced very soon on the ITI website, and the messages and Message Authors information will be sent out to all ITI Centres and Cooperating Members very soon. We invite all of you to share with us how you plan to celebrate World Theatre Day so that we can add it to the virtual map on the websites.
Please send information about the location, the programme and the date of the celebration, together with a picture to news(at)iti-worldwide.org
Last Reminder: 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.
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.
Obituaries
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.
Obituaries
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.
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. Vive ITI! 2018 is the year of ITI. Let´s celebrate it, include artists and audiences, and increase the visibility of ITI.
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.
Open call: watch & write African Cultural Journalists
Journalists from Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Senegal, Tanzania and Tunisia are invited to send applications for a two-week workshop in cultural journalism in Braunschweig, Germany (4-17 June 2018). The chosen countries are related to the theatre programme of Festival Theaterformen 2018. Journalists from other African countries are asked to contact us via email before handing in an application. To apply for the workshop, please fill in the online form on www.theaterformen.de/de/watch-and-write. The application deadline is 1 December 2017.
>>For more information about the workshops content and the Festival Theaterformen, please click here. For any questions, please contact: welcome(at)theaterformen.de
4th edition of dunaPart – platform of Hungarian Contemporary Performing Arts
We are happy to inform you that the 4th edition of dunaPart – platform of Hungarian Contemporary Performing Arts, will be held between 29 November and 2 December 2017, organized by Trafó House of Contemporary Arts with the participation of other venues and organizations in Budapest. >>Please click here to see the detailed schedule. You can also >>register in advance here.
International Festival of Theatre and Puppets
From 2 November to 2 December 2017, the 16th edition of the International Festival of Theatre and Puppets of Ouagadougou (FITMO) will be held successively in Burkina Faso, Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo and Niger, under the theme “sustainable human development”. Created in 1989 by the Burkinabé Centre of the International Theatre Institute in partnership with the Union of Dramatic Ensembles of Ouagadougou (UNEDO), this festival became, after 28 years of continuous activities, a reference in the African cultural agenda. The 2017 edition of FITMO will bring together around 40 African and European artistic companies from Ouagadougou (theatre, puppets, dance, music, storytelling, etc.), professional meetings, training workshops, and a symposium. The festival will continue after this first stage in the other four countries in a dynamic artistic collaboration.
2018 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama
The Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Cyprus Centre of the International Theatre Institute and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (the “Οrganisers”), announce the “2018 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama”, which will be held during the entire month of July 2018, in Cyprus. The 22nd edition of the “International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama” is part of the celebrations of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, 2018. All proposals from theatre groups or individuals expressing interest in participating in the “2018 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama” should be submitted using the form available at www.greekdramafest.com. The deadline for submissions is 11 December 2017.
Hybrid Theatre Platform
The Hybrid Theatre Platform is currently attracting lots of interest- why not take a look yourself? You can begin the ‘VERTICAL OF THE ROLE’ COURSE online at any time. You can start with the free, no-commitment TRY OUT course and then progress to the full course, in dialogue with a teacher. You can then complete the course with a practical seminar, which will take place in Berlin between 27 November and 3 December 2017. Specialised training and individual feedback supports actors to experience the so-called ‘light of the role’. Collaborative work with colleagues will inspire you and open up new perspectives. >>For more information please click here.
>>Start the course online here.
Residency program in Performance Creation
The ITI Croatia Centre in collaboration with the Network of Emerging Arts Professionals of ITI will host a residency program in Performance Creation at the ITI Croatia Centre’s annual program, the International Drama Colony in Istria, Croatia in July 2018. The residency program will be for one week and it will involve workshops in acting (Chekhov method of acting) and in playwriting. Participants will explore the theme of Conflict from diverse perspectives. The deadline for application submission is 1 November 2017, and results will be announced in December 2017. For more information contact Taiwo Afolabi taiwoafolabi4(at)gmail.com and Nina Krizan nina.krizan5(at)gmail.com

>>For more information please click here.
Call for applications for the categories of Storytelling, Dance, Stand-up Comedy, Music and Theater
2018 will be the 25th year of MASA. The 10th edition of the Market for African Performing Arts (MASA) will be held in Abidjan from 10 to 17 March 2018. The application materials to submit for the MASA Festival are the same as those for the official selection. Applications must be sent to MASA by November 30, 2017. For more information, please visit: www.masa.ci/en/masa-2018-call-for-applications-for-the-categories
Call for Participation in Intercultural Conference with the theme “Theatre Wars: Return of the Artist”
The Intercultural Theatre Institute of Singapore is holding their triennial Asian Intercultural Conference, which will take place from 27 to 30 November 2017, in Singapore. This year’s theme is “Theatre Wars: Return of the Artist”. To find out more about the >>list of topics please click here
and please >>click here to see the lineup of speakers.
>>The link to register is here. Enquiries can be sent to aic(at)iti.edu.sg.
Surveys for the 35th ITI World Congress
Having your feedback and ideas is really important to help ITI improve the next Congress and its programming. If you attended the 35th ITI World Congress – even if you attended only part of it, please find the survey links below:
English: https://fr.surveymonkey.com/r/ITIEN
Spanish: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/SFEs
French: https://fr.surveymonkey.com/r/ITIFR
If you also attended the Congress Prologue consisting of the Student Festival of the ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts, please find the survey links below:
English: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/StuFesEN
Spanish: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/SFEs
French: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/StudFesFR
Hybrid Education for Asia
The World Theatre Training Institute AKT-ZENT/ ITI is looking forward to a special pilot project in co-operation with the IAPAR festival (International Association for Performing Arts & Research). At the ITI World Congress in Segovia, a test phase was developed which will give artists from India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh the unique opportunity to take part in an international continuing education programme. The online course will lead to a practical module during the festival in November 2017: Masterclass in India, Pune 4 - 9 November 2017. Participants from this region should start the course NOW to be ready for the practical module in time. >>Please find the course here.
Ellen Stewart International Award
The Ellen Stewart International Award is an award given to an individual theatre artist or theatre company whose work promotes social change, and community participation with a particular focus on the engagement of young people. With the support of the ITI (International Theatre Institute), La MaMa New York and Italy, and the Spoleto Festival of 2 Worlds, the recipient of The Ellen Stewart International will attend the ITI World Congress, receive an artistic residency at La MaMa Umbria to create a new work, and the financial and production support to present the new work at the Spoleto Festival of 2 Worlds.
>>For more information about the criteria and nomination please click here or contact; estewartaward(at)gmail.com.
>>To download the application form please click here. The deadline is 27 October 2017.
African-American and African Playwrights Creative Residency at the Camargo Foundation
The Camargo Foundation, located in Cassis, France, and founded by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill, is a residential centre offering programming in the Arts and Humanities. The Foundation encourages the visionary work of artists, scholars, and thinkers in the Arts and Humanities. The Camargo Foundation, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jerome Foundation, is excited to announce a four-week residency programme for mid-career/established African-American and African playwrights. Four participants from the United States and four from the African continent, all of whom are interested in the cross-cultural interactions between the United States and Africa, whether historic or contemporary, will be hosted at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France, from 28 May to 25 June 2018. The deadline to apply is 19 October 2017.

>>Please click here for more information.
International Theatre Festivals in Iran
The Dramatic Arts Center of Iran (DAC) is pleased to inform that there are some international activities which are going to take place in Iran.
- 18th International Ritual and Traditional Theater Festival; 1 to 6 September 2017, deadline for submission: 6 July. 2017;
- 12thInternational Street Theater Festival - Marivan, 8 to 12 September 2017, deadline for submission: 23 August 2017;
- 24th International Children and Adolescents Theater Festival, 30 November to 5 December 2017, deadline for submission: 2 October 2017;
- 36thFadjrInternational Theater Festival (for all genres), 21 January to 1 February 2018, deadline for submission: 8 November 2017;
>>Fore more information please click here. >>To download the application form please click here.
International Dance Day 2017
The International Dance Day 2017 Summit in Shanghai has been a beautiful event, which started with powerful speeches during the conference, workshops with workshops leaders from more than 30 different countries, and three night of exceptional performances. We will soon publish the event report and pictures on the International Dance Day website: www.international-dance-day.org
International Symposium on Theatre studies
Shanghai Theatre Academy, together with the ITI - UNESCO - Network for the Higher education in the Performing Arts, will hold the International Symposium on Theatre studies as a Discipline from 3 to 5 November 2017. They would like to invite experts, scholars all over the world to have an extensive dialogue on the development and cooperation of theatre studies in the world. >>For more information please click here
Call for Participation in the IAPAR International Theatre Festival
The International Association for Performing Arts and Research (IAPAR) is happy to announce the Call for Participation for the second edition of “IAPAR International Theatre Festival”
IAPAR International Theatre Festival 2017 will feature performances from across the globe, master-classes, as well as formal and informal interactions between artists from India & abroad. This festival is a first step towards a sustained effort in curating a festival which brings innovative performances which put ‘Actors’ at the centre of their productions to the city. The festival will be hosted in association with the Indian Centre of ITI and take place in Pune, India, in November 2017. Send an email to iapar.festival(at)gmail.com for the detailed application form or visit our website www.iapar.org/festival-2017 and download the application form.
Analogio Festival 2017
ANALOGIO FESTIVAL, member of EFA/EFFE (European Festivals Association/ Europe for Festivals- Festivals for Europe), comes back at the Theatre Technis, Frinichou Stage, Plaka area, Athens, Greece, from 16 to 24 September 2017. The Festival presents a wide programme with a focus on the latest writings for the Stage, a Tribute to Nikos Kazantzakis, a target on new Greek plays and international drama, and parallel events such as seminars, discussions, new media, walking and poetry performances and installations in public spaces and archaeological sites. >>For more information about the programme please click here.
57th International Theatre Festival MESS
The 57th International Theatre Festival MESS will happen in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, from 30 September to 8 October 2017. The final programme will be ready in early September but we are happy to share with you the >>preliminary performance schedule here.
Call for Participation in “Exercise 40/40” by AKT-ZENT
With the next step, the Exercise 40/40, the World Theatre Training Institute AKT-ZENT / ITI proposes a ground-breaking concept for spherical education created by Dr. Jurij Alschitz. The pilot starts with online education in July 2017 followed by 40 days of contact education in September/October and will lead to 40 years of self-creation. Sign up now and reserve your place. For more information: please visit www.wttl.theatreculture.org and Alschitz_Hybrid Theatre Platform 40.40
31st Annual International VASTA Conference
From 4 to 8 August 2017, the LASALLE College of Arts in Singapore is organizing the first Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) Conference ever held in Asia, where regional and international experts will showcase techniques and uses of the human voice particular to the Asian region. Network with voice and speech trainers, scientists, performers, and public speakers from around the world to celebrate the human voice in its many qualities, dialects and languages, and develop future areas for investigation and research. VASTA Asia 2017 will be an exciting time for vocal, personal, pedagogical and cultural exchange. >>For more information please click here
New Congress Website
The Congress website is now online in >>English, >>French and >>Spanish We will regularly post and update information about the main ITI World Congress, the Congress Prologue, as well as the International Dance Symposium. Stay tuned!
This year’s International Theatre Institute (German Centre) Prize
Yael Ronen will be awarded this year’s International Theatre Institute (German Centre) Prize. The decision for the Israeli director and author will be announced by the ITI president Joachim Lux after the German ITI Berlin’s board meeting. The prize will be awarded in the context of Theater der Welt 2017 in Hamburg. They will announce the scheduling well in advance. >>For more information please click here
African Regional Council
The African Regional Council became a member of the Executive Board of the Regional Centre of Performing Arts in Africa (CERAV/Africa). This nomination shows the role of ITI in the promotion of the performing arts in Africa. This is an important partnership that puts ITI at the heart of cultural action in all African countries via the African Regional Council of ITI.
Da Nang International Fireworks Festival
From 29 April to 30 June 2017, the Da Nang International Fireworks Festival is taking place in the city of Da Nang, Vietnam. The theme is "Shining Five Basic Element Mountains" - inspired by Da Nang's famous local heritage of the Five Element Mountains. The programme will consist of five firework displays and artistic nights and six parallel programmes organized to take place over eight weeks. Participating countries are: Vietnam, Austria, UK, Italy, Australia, Japan, Switzerland and China.
Call for Participation in “The Vertical of the Role” by AKT-ZENT
The ITI Research Centre AKT-ZENT has turned into the World Theatre Training Institute AKT-ZENT / ITI: the International Institute for Theory and Practice of Theatre Training, under the artistic direction of Dr. Jurij Alschitz. The Institute started immediately with the world’s first online platform for hybrid theatre education. This is not only a technical innovation, but, moreover, a proposal for changing the mind-set towards the process of the artists’ self-creation and an exploration of the theatre of the no sphere. The first basic course for the actor’s self-preparation - “The Vertical of the Role” - is free of charge. Every artist in the world is invited to join and share this experience with the team of teachers. >>Please click here for more information: Alschitz_Hybrid Platform Vertical and >>here to sign up
Call for Micro Performances up to 15 minutes by Young Practitioners
One of the numerous goals for the 35th ITI World Congress, set by the Executive Council, is to bring the largest ever number of Young Practitioners to the Congress in order to rejuvenate and strengthen ITI. That is the reason that the ITI Congress Task Force, together with the Young Practitioners’ Committee of ITI is launching this “Call for Micro Performances up to 15 minutes by Young Practitioners”. The call is for Young Practitioners (18 to 35 years) from all over the world for any type of performances (theatre, dance, music theatre, circus art, visual arts performance or a mix of different genres).
Please >>click here to read the call, and >>here to download the application form.
The number of accepted performances are limited. The application form should be submitted to tom.johnson(at)iti-worldwide.org, no later than 25 May 2017. The decision will be made until 1 June 2017 by the board of the Young Practitioners Committee and the Congress Task Force of ITI.
35th ITI World Congress in Segovia
IMPORTANT: Please register to the Congress before it’s too late. Please note that the deadlines for registration are the following: Head of Delegations, Delegates, Members of the Executive Council and Members of the General Secretariat: 1 May 2017 Participants of the Students Festival, Dance Symposium: 12 May 2017
Other participants who needs a visa: 12 May 2017
Other participants who do not need a visa: 20 June 2017
After 20 June 2017, only on-site registration is possible.
Please register now, even if you are not sure if you will finally make it to Segovia. All the details of how to register will become apparent when you fill out the Registration form that is currently available in English, French and Spanish.
>>Link for the registration form in English

>>Link for the registration form in Spanish

>>Link for the registration form in French
5th International Ritual and Traditional Seminars
The 5th International Ritual and Traditional Seminars is going to take place in Tehran from 30 and 31 August 2017. All researchers and scholars, who are interested in this international seminar, can apply to present his/her article based on the 4 below topics:
1. Based on others and neighbor’s countries, articulating feedback of Iranian Narrative and Shabih-Khani (Taziyeh);
2. Dramatically presenting different kind of storytelling (Naghly) and narrative in other cultures;
3. Introducing the various, dramatic and traditional forms in the world (except Iran);
4 .The interaction of traditional and contemporary theatres.

>>For more information please click here, or contact: dramatic.artcenter.iran(at)gmail.com. >>For the registration form please click here, the deadline is 21 June 2017.
13th International Festival of Making Theatre
The 13th International Festival of Making Theatre, will be held in Athens, Greece, from 3 to 8 July 2017. During five days of creative interaction, Theatre Makers from different parts of the world will have the opportunity to share and get acquainted with new working methods and ideas, regarding the following three sectors: Acting, Movement and Voice. Theatre of Changes invites, actors, directors, drama/acting school students, dancers, choreographers, singers, acting, voice and movement teachers and finally all those with a vivid interest in performing arts to attend the workshops of the 13th International Festival of Making Theatre which will be held during this festival. >>For more information please click here.
2017 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama
Performances of ancient Greek drama will be presented in July, as every year, in the context of the “International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama” that is co organized by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Cyprus Centre of the International Theatre Institute (CCOITI) and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation. From 2 to 28t July 2017, five theatre groups will present performances of ancient Greek drama at the “Skali” Amphitheatre in Aglantzia, the Curium Ancient Theatre and the Paphos Ancient Odeon. >>For more information please click here.
“DISCOVER THE METHOD”
From 4 to 10 June (NON - Residential setting) in Copenhagen, as a part of the major international Danish theatre festival: CPH STAGE, Chekhov International Theatre School is hosting the educational venue Within the Art of Acting: “DISCOVER THE METHOD”.
Participants will have an opportunity to share their artistic work at presentational showcase and symposium afternoon on Sunday June 10th, 2017 at The Theatre Chapel at The Assistens Cemetery in the City of Copenhagen. >>Please click here for more information.
If you have any questions about participation, please contact Viktor Melnikov at Feedback(at)chekhovtheatreschool.com.
The Ibsen Scholarships 2017
Ibsen Awards are announcing the Ibsen Scholarships 2017. The Ibsen Scholarships were initiated by the Norwegian government and will be handed out for the 9th time in 2017. The Scholarships are applicable to individual artists, theatre companies, organizations and institutions. The application deadline is 30 April 2017. The winners will be presented at the Skien International Ibsen Conference on the 18 and 19 October at Teater Ibsen in Skien, Norway. For further information, statutes and the application form, kindly visit: www.ibsenawards.com
The International Sea Festival
From 10 to 13 June 2017 the International Sea Festival 2017 will take place in Nha Trang. The theme for this year is "Opening the Friendly Arms". The Opening Ceremony is scheduled on 10 June with international performances from Sweden, Spain, Brazil and Fujairah.
Operadagen Rotterdam 2017
The full programme for the Operadagen Rotterdam 2017 has been launched today, and the online ticket sales are now open. Rotterdam is set to be the epicentre of new opera and music theatre in Europe for the 12th time in a row, from 12 through 21 May 2017. Audiences of all ages can enjoy classic works in a modern form as well as international show-stoppers, up-and-coming talents, and mesmerizing multimedia projects. >>For more information on the programme please click here
World Theatre Day & International Dance Day
Please also send us your World Theatre Day and International Dance Day activities reports so again we can share them on the virtual map on the website (www.world-theatre-day.org and www.international-dance-day.org).

Please send information containing the location, programme and the date of the celebration, together with a picture of your festivities to news(at)iti-worldwide.org.
Open Call for Performances, Lectures and Workshops
The International Dance Committee IDC is organizing the International Dance Symposium which will take place during the 35th ITI World Congress, in collaboration with the Spanish Centre of ITI, the Alicia Alonso Dance Foundation, the Municipality of Segovia and the Municipality of Royal Site of San Ildefonso.
The International Dance Symposium of IDC is part of the 35th ITI World Congress, held from 17 to 22 July 2017. The activities of the Symposium will take place from 18 to 20 July 2017, in Segovia and the Royal Site of San Ildefonso.
The theme of the Symposium is “The city is our stage; the stage is our nature”. The purpose of the Symposium is to highlight the relationship between the artist and his/her natural or urban environment.
The application deadline is 15 May 2017. For more information please contact: alma.llerena(at)itispain.es
>>Open Call for the International Dance Symposium 2017
>>Application form for the Dance Performances
>>Application form for the Lectures
>>Application form for the Workshops
International Dance Day 2017 Message author
The message author of 2017 Trisha Brown US born dancer, choreographer and artistic director of the Trisha Brown Company.
It is with great sorrow that we share the news that Trisha Brown, dancer, choreographer and dance theorist (as well as International Dance Day message author 2017), died on March 18th after a lengthy illness. As one of the most acclaimed and influential choreographers and dancers of her time, Trisha’s ground-breaking work forever changed the landscape of art. Her passing signifies a great loss to dance and the performing arts. We are sure that everyone associated with ITI will join us in expressing our grief and sadness at the news of Trisha Brown's death. She will never be forgotten by lovers of dance and the performing arts.
2017 International Dance Day Summit
We are happy to announce that this year, the International Dance Day will be held in Shanghai. This is the first time that the International Theatre Institute, together with the International Dance Committee and the Shanghai Theatre Academy will organize a 3-day event, from 27 to 29 April 2017. As part of those 3 days, educational activities will take place such as Workshops (on Friday 28 April and Saturday 29 April), Work presentations, Round tables, but also keynote speeches (on Thursday 27 April at the Fosun Art Centre, 600, Zhongshan Road (E-2)). For this occasion, more than 30 specialists are invited from all over the world. The detailed programme will be uploaded soon!
Call for application
With a history of over 70 years, Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA) is a leading comprehensive university of arts in China, which has made outstanding achievements in theatre arts education and research. STA is seeking specialists from around the world who can be part of and contribute alongside our existing fraternity of specialists who are at the vanguard of performing arts studies. >>For more information please click here. The application deadline is 30 April 2017.
Summer School 2017
The Shanghai Theatre Academy is running a Summer school from 15 June to 16 July 2017. The students will study three courses: Chinese opera, Chinese culture, and/or Chinese language. The main course is 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. Supporting courses in Chinese culture and language are offered to help students better understand the essence of Chinese culture. >>For more information please click here. The application deadline is 15 April 2017.
Croatian Theatre and Dance Showcase
The Croatian ITI Centre is honoured to invite you to the 12th edition of the Croatian Theatre and Dance Showcase. The Showcase will be held from 20 to 25 April 2017, in two cities: Zagreb and Rijeka. Please note the mentioned dates.
>>Please click here for the programme
MA Programme in Intercultural Communication Studies
The Shanghai Theatre Academy is looking for applicants for their MA Programme in Intercultural Communication Studies. Applicants are expected to have a strong interest in Chinese culture and intercultural communications in any academic and/or artistic field, including but not limited to, performing arts, performance studies, literature and all forms of the media. STA’s bilingual (Chinese and English) MA programme in Intercultural Communication Studies recruits excellent students with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from top international and Chinese universities. >>For more information please please click here.
Call for application for a Master in Arts of Theatre / Physical Theatre
The Master’s degree programme of the Accademia Teatro Dimitri in Verscio is aimed at professionals and graduates of the performing arts. The Master’s program focusses on the process of theatrical creation and artistic reflection, and provides time for the development and realisation of an individual project for the stage. The training, structured modularly and composed of workshops, courses, and seminars, allows each student to develop their own expressive capacity in terms of composition and theatrical creation, to enable them to cultivate their own aptitude for theatrical reflection and self-criticism. The application deadline is 30 April 2017. For more information please contact: corinna.vitale(at)supsi.ch or silviana.vogt(at)supsi.ch
Call for Papers for the Conference ‘I laugh, therefore I think’: The Power of Comedy in the Twenty-first Century
Organized by the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC) in the framework of the Comedy Festival of Bucharest (FestCo), on 2 and 3 June, the conference ‘I laugh, therefore I think’: The Power of Comedy in the Twenty-first Century invites critics and scholars from around the world to discuss the meaning of stage comedy in the twenty-first century, between local specificity and the global context. Please send your abstracts (no more than 250 words) to soerenson(at)swipnet.se and octavian_saiu(at)yahoo.com before 21 April 2017.
Punto Cadeneta Punto
Umbral Teatro is organizing the second version of PUNTO CADENETA PUNTO (Encuentro Iberoamericano de Dramaturgia) to be held in Bogota, Brazil, from 1 to 8 December. It will be a week in which playwrights, actors, directors, musicians and writers meet to celebrate and discuss Dramaturgy, with workshops, colloquiums, lectures, dramatic readings, etc. Attendees will consist of theatre professionals from all over America, which shows the importance of Punto Cadeneta Punto as a prestigious space for meetings and high-level training, and show it to be a key contributor to the development of dramaturgy in the region.
Twenty playwrights from six countries - Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Spain - will be attending.
Showcase Weekend
The German Centre of ITI (ITI Zentrum Deutschland) is happy to welcome 30 international students (theatre studies, stage design, dramaturgy, performance studies etc.) to a showcase weekend at MÜNCHNER KAMMERSPIELE from 10 to 12 March 2017, in Munich. Please find below the programme and the application, deadline is 31st of January. Apply now! Program: www.dropbox.com Application form: www.dropbox.com
International Artistic Cooperation for the Performing Arts
Applications for the International artistic cooperation for the Performing Arts run by the German Centre of ITI together with the Robert Bosch Foundation are now open. The German Centre is looking for cooperation projects that address prevailing social themes and change and manifest them in a joint artistic response. Applications can be submitted until 15 February 2017 online in German and English. Partners from North African or Eastern European countries should submit their application together with a partner from the German-speaking world. >>For more information please click here
18th International Translators’ Workshop, Mülheim
Together with Mülheim’s “Stücke” festival, the International Theatre Institute (ITI Germany) is inviting translators of German plays to a workshop during the festival in Mülheim from 12 to 21 May 2017. Please send your application (in German) via e-mail with a bibliography and information about your professional background before February 10 to a.zagorski(at)iti-germany.de >>For more information please click here
Call for Participation
The Chinese Centre of ITI is now calling for the participation of the first meeting of The Traditional Performing Arts Forum (TPAF), which will be held on from 18 to 22 June in Yinchuan, China.
Events will include traditional theatre information exchange, discussion and networking, Chinese "Xiqu" workshops, international workshops on traditional performing arts, and free access to the plays of the 15th China Theater Festival during the stay in Yinchuan.
TPAF looks forward to the participation of the traditional theatre practitioners, scholars and leaders or delegates from ITI Centres.
>>For more information, please click here or write to ctawangling(at)163.com or pangjinlai(at)163.com before 20 February.
New ITI Website
In collaboration with Futura Communication the ITI Headquarters have worked on a new ITI Webiste, in the last three month. Explore the universe of ITI and give us a feedback.

>Letter Introducing the new ITI Website
35th ITI World Congress
The Executive Council of ITI is proud to announce that the next edition of the ITI World Congress will be held in Segovia, in Spain from 14 to 22 July 2017

From 14 to 16 July there will be a Theatre School Festival, General Assembly and Opening Ceremony is on 17 July. Closing Ceremony 22 July.

More detailed information soon.
International Directors and Trainers Colloquium
Dr. Jurij Alschitz invites for his annual artistic meeting in Berlin, from 4 to 8 January 2017, all colleagues interested to discuss a new dimension of theatre training:
A ground-breaking innovation called 40/40 - forty days for forty years - using the tools of hybrid education for theatre practice with a new approach of creating knowledge and changing mindset.
For more information please visit: www.theatreculture.org or >>click here
iSTAN
From 27 to 29 October 2016, a series of activities were held in the campus of the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, which included keynote speeches, workshops (covering almost all the field of the stage art: stage design, make-up, sound design, light design, multimedia, set design, stage technique, cultural heritage, etc.), lectures and the presentation of the iSTAN Lifetime achievement award which was given to the Swedish stage artist: Gunilla Palmstierna-Weiss.
For more information please visit: www.i-stan.org or contact Chen Zhongwen, Director for Collaborations of ITI: chen.zhongwen(at)iti-worldwide.org
International Fadjr Theatre Festival
We are pleased to announce that the Dramatic Arts Centre of Iran will hold the 35th International Fadjr Theatre Festival from the 20-31 January, 2017, in Tehran.
You can submit any new productions your theatre company is undertaking to be considered for inclusion at the festival. The festival’s main theme focusses on the use of technology & new methods in theatre, and adjudicators will prioritise entries relevant to this topic for admittance. However, the organisers are open to performances which touch on other themes. If you are interested, please fill in the application form below. Be aware that the application should reach the secretariat of the festival by the deadline on the 22nd November 2016. For more information please write to: dramatic.artcenter.iran(at)gmail.com >>application form of Fadjr Theatre Festival
Theatre Born in Conflict Zones
The International Theatre Institute, under UNESCO, launched project called “Theatre Born in Conflict Zones” all over the world to achieve peace through the performing arts.
As part of the “Theatre Yearbook” special projects, our Japan Centre has been acting in concert with this project and has carried out “Theatre Born in Conflict Zones” activities since 2009. This is the 8th production of the “Theatre Born in Conflict Zones” in Japan, and we would like to contribute to the promotion of peacebuilding operations between countries. The production period is from 14 to 18 December. For more information about the programme please >>click here
2017 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama
The Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Cyprus Centre of the International Theatre Institute, and the Cyprus Tourism Organization are pleased to announce the “2017 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama”, which will be held during the entire month of July 2017, in Cyprus.
All proposals from theatre groups or individuals expressing interest in participating in the 2017 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama should be submitted using the form available at www.greekdramafest.com. The deadline for submissions is January 16, 2017. For more information please visit the festivals website www.greekdramafest.com or write to ccoiti(at)cytanet.com.cy.
Call for participation
The Dramatic Art Centre of Tehran, Iran, is organizing an International Seminar On “Theatre and the capacity of independent department” from 5-7 March 2017 in Tehran.
Any person who wishes to attend this seminar (which will be delivered in Persian/English), please declare your interest to the seminar secretariat before December 21 2016 at dramatic.artcenter.iran(at)gmail.com.
For more information, please >>click here
Croatian Theatre and Dance Showcase
The Croatian ITI Centre is honoured to invite you to the 12th edition of the Croatian Theatre and Dance Showcase. The Croatian Theatre Showcase 2017 will be held from 20 to 25 April 2017, in two cities: Zagreb and Rijeka. Please note the mentioned dates and soon we'll give you more information about the programme and production conditions.
The Croatian ITI Centre also presents to you the 25th edition of its dance magazine Movements. The topic is “What makes a performance dance and contemporary?” On the following link you can find online editions of previous Movements: http://www.hciti.hr/web/wp-content/uploads/Kretanja-25-web.pdf
Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts
On July 15th 2016 : Opening of the Information Centre of the Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts in Moscow, Russia
The Raykin Higher Education Institution of Moscow has been appointed as the Information Centre" of the ITI / UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts.
On 15th July this was celebrated with a Press Conference in Moscow.
Fore more information about the Network, please contact: Dimitry Trubotchkin, trubotchkin(at) gmail.com, or Chen Zhongwen, chen.zhongwen(at) iti-worldwide.org
Call for Collaboration with the Theatre Department of Universidade de Estado do Amazonas
The situation in Brazil and Manaus not only hit culture, but also arts education. The teachers and students of the Theatre Department of Universidade de Estado do Amazonas were extremely disappointed that the workshop programme of the Congress did not happen. They need your support. Please write to the leader, Annie Martins, from the Universidad de Estado do Amazonas, if you see any possibility of offering a workshop. Email: coord.teatro.uea@gmail.com
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12th edition of the Shakespeare Festival in Yerevan
This year from 22nd to October 28th 2016, the Armenian Centre of ITI will organize the 12th edition of the Shakespeare Festival in Yerevan. The festival will be opened with an international project of the Dramatic Theatre Committee of ITI “The Tempest”. All ITI Members are invited to join the festival as participants with their Shakespeare performances. You can send the brief information about your theatre company and the synopsis of the play, along with the link to video of the play to sitfarmenia(at)yahoo.com till August 15th 2016. The results will be announced on August 20th 2016.
The Importance of Regional Councils
Regional Councils are important for the development of ITI. They are regional collaboration body that enables for the Centres and Cooperating Members of the region to exchange information, to coordinate activities and projects, to help each other by showing “best practices” and to scout for new Centres in the region. That is why the Executive Council, its president and vice-presidents plan to organize regional councils in the near future, preferably before the ITI World Congress.
The Arab Regional Council happenend on February 23, in Fujairah
The Regional Council for Asia / Pacific is planned for 28 March, after the World Theatre Day celebration in Guangzhou / China, by the Chinese Centre of ITI. The European Regional Council is planned to happen at the end of March or beginning of May in Lecce / Italy, on the initiative of the Italian Centre of ITI. The African Centres meet regularly and the Centres of the Americas (North, South and Central America) might meet before the Congress as well.
Relocation of ITI Headquarters to Shanghai and the ITI Office at UNESCO
Moving from Paris to Shanghai.First of all I would like to clarify that we still have an office at UNESCO. We moved from the UNESCO Office of ITI into a smaller (and cheaper) office space in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, Bonvin Building, Room 9.44. The address is the same: UNESCO, 1 Rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15, France. This is still the official address of ITI. ITI still is registered in France. The office is used when the members of the General Secretariat are in Paris for meetings or for the International Dance Day in April this year. Account in France: All the contributions of the ITI Centres and Cooperating Members go, to keep it simple, to the same account as usual, Société Générale. The relocation of the General Secretariat to Shanghai is now completed. After sending all the material to Shanghai, handing over the archive of ITI to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France BNF where the information is easily accessible to all interested persons such as ITI Members, academics and students from all over the world, etc., emptying the old office spaces and moving the furniture and materials needed in France to the new office, ITI officially was welcomed by the Shanghai Municipality, the Shanghai Theatre Academy and the Jing´an District in a provisory office at the beginning of April.
The Development of the New Team in Shanghai
As you were informed in March the Paris staff do no longer work for ITI. This meant that a new team in Shanghai had to be built up.
CHEN Zhongwen was the first staff that was employed for the General Secretariat, in April. Originally from Shanghai, she lived in France for 8 years. She did her master degree in education in France. Before she left to France she worked in Xinhua News Agency Shanghai Branch and afterwards established a private school in Shanghai. That means she is well acquainted with the procedures in China, and a very good asset for ITI. The participants of the last Congress met her there as a photographer. She has the post of Assistant of the DG / Director for Collaborations. She also is responsible for the Accounts, Budget and Collaboration with the Shanghai Theatre Academy and the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing. She speaks Chinese, English and French. Email: chen.zhongwen(at)iti-worldwide.org
TANG Yiming is a Chinese staff. He holds the post as ITI Establishing Officer. He work for different organizations connected with the performing arts, and a event management agency. For ITI he is helping to establish the organization, takes care of new international staff when they arrive in Shanghai, translates from Chinese to English and English to Chinese at events and at meetings. He started to work in autumn last year. info(at)iti-worldwide.org
GUO Ping is a Chinese staff. She is well versed in accounting and purchasing and is doing all the thousand things that have to be done with dealing with finances, receipts, accounting, and all the regulations that are legally mandatory for finances and purchases. She worked for different big companies and organizations before she joined ITI mid-2015. She speaks Chinese and is currently improving her English. Email: guo.ping(at)iti-worldwide.org
Malory DOMECYN es from France. She is the ITI Communications Officer and just started working for ITI, part time, after her return from Hong Kong to Shanghai. She did two master degrees one in United Kingdom and one in France. She started working in Shanghai and then in Hong Kong. She is doing translations from English to French and is currently introduced in part of the huge communication tasks that ITI has to develop for being a highly professional world organization for the performing arts. Email: malory.domecyn(at)iti-worldwide.org