World Theatre Day

World Theatre Day is the creation of the International Theatre Institute (ITI). It is celebrated annually on the 27th March by ITI Centres and the international theatre community. Various national and international theatre events are organized to mark this occasion. One of the most important of these is the circulation of the World Theatre Day International Message through which at the invitation of ITI, a figure of world stature shares his or her reflections on the theme of Theatre and a Culture of Peace. The first World Theatre Day International Message was written by Jean Cocteau (France) in 1962.
It was first in Helsinki, and then in Vienna at the 9th World Congress of the ITI in June 1961 that President Arvi Kivimaa proposed on behalf of the Finnish Centre of the International Theatre Institute that a World Theatre Day be instituted. The proposal, backed by the Scandinavian centres, was carried with acclamation. Ever since, each year on the 27th March (date of the opening of the 1962 “Theatre of Nations” season in Paris), World Theatre Day has been celebrated in many and varied ways by ITI National Centres of which there are now almost 100 throughout the world.
Each year a figure outstanding in theatre or a person outstanding in heart and spirit from another field, is invited to share his or her reflections on theatre and international harmony. What is known as the International Message is translated into more than 20 languages, read for tens of thousands of spectators before performances in theatres throughout the world and printed in hundreds of daily newspapers. Colleagues in the audio-visual field lend a fraternal hand, with more than a hundred radio and television stations transmitting the Message to listeners in all corners of the five continents.

World Theatre Day Message Authors 1962-2011:

World Theatre Day 2019 Message

World Theatre Day 2019 Message
Biography of the message author: Carlos CELDRÁN, Cuba

World Theatre Day Message 2016 by Anatoli Vassiliev

World Theatre Day Message 2016 by Anatoli Vassiliev
Do we need theatre?
That is the question thousands of professionals disappointed in theatre and millions of
people who are tired of it are asking themselves.
What do we need it for?
In those years when the scene is so insignificant in comparison with the city squares and
state lands, where the authentic tragedies of real life are being played.
What is it to us?
Gold-plated galleries and balconies in the theatre halls, velvet armchairs, dirty stage wings,
well-polished actors’ voices, – or vice versa, something that might look apparently different:
black …

World Theater Day 2015

International message for 2015. and autor biography
video message

World Theatre Day – 27 March 2014

World Theatre Day 2014
Brett Bailey’s Message

Wherever there is human society, the irrepressible Spirit of Performance manifests.
Under trees in tiny villages, and on high tech stages in global metropolis; in school halls and in fields and in temples; in slums, in urban plazas, community centres and inner-city basements, people are drawn together to commune in the ephemeral theatrical worlds that we create to express our human complexity, our diversity, our vulnerability, in living flesh, and breath, and voice.
We gather to weep and to remember; to laugh and to contemplate; to learn …

World Theatre Day 2013.

International Theatre Institute ITI
World Organization for the Performing Arts
World Theatre Day 2013
Dario Fo’s Message
A long time ago, Power resolved the intolerance against Commedia dell’Arte actors by chasing them out of the country.
Today, actors and theatre companies have difficulties finding public stages, theatres and spectators, all because of the crisis.
Rulers are, therefore, no longer concerned with problems of control over those who express themselves with irony and sarcasm, since there is no place for actors, nor is there a public to address.
On the contrary, during the Renaissance, in Italy those …

World Theatre Day 2012.

International message by John Malkovich

World Theatre Day 2011.

International message by Jessica A. Kaahwa

World Theatre Day 2010.

International message by Dame Judi Dench

World Theatre Day 2009.

International message by Augusto Boal

World Theatre Day 2008.

International Message by Robert Lepage