World Theatre Day [March 27]

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : May 12, 2022, 8:18

The International Theatre Institute (ITI) established World Theatre Day in 1961. ITI Centres as well as the international theatre fraternity commemorate it every year on March 27th. To commemorate the anniversary, a number of international and domestic theatre events have been planned.

World Theatre Day History

Every year on March 27th (the anniversary of the inauguration of the 1962 "Theatre of Nations" season in Paris), ITI Centres - of which there are now over 90 across the world - have commemorated International Theatre Day in a variety of ways. It is also celebrated by theatres, theatrical professionals, theatre fans, theatre universities, academies, and schools.

One of the most significant features is the distribution of the World Theatre Day Message, in which a world figure shares his or her insights on the issue of Theatre and a Culture of Peace at the invitation of ITI. Jean Cocteau wrote the first World Theatre Day Message in 1962.

Significance of World Theatre Day

Theatre has been one of the most prominent forms of entertainment since the Greeks. It is a fusion of different genres of fine arts in which live acts, actors, or actresses convey their real-life experiences in a specific place or on a stage to a live audience. On World Theatre Day, the importance of theatrical arts, their role in the entertainment industry, and the transitions that theatre creates are all celebrated.

World Theatre Day 2022 Theme

The theme for World Theatre Day 2022 was the same as it has been over the years. The theme was 'Theatre and a Culture of Peace.

Aim of World Theatre Day

  1. Promoting theatre in all of its manifestations all throughout the world.
  2. Increasing public understanding of the importance of all types of theatrical forms.
  3. Provides chances for theatrical societies to publicise their work on a large scale so that authorities & opinion leaders recognise and encourage theatrical production.
  4. Encouraging people to enjoy theatre.
  5. Sharing your love of the theatre with others.
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Celebration of World Theatre Day

World Theatre Day can be commemorated in a variety of ways.

  1. With a friend, going to see a play.
  2. Honouring a writer who has influenced you.
  3. Organising a theatre performance festival.
  4. Using social media to make public statements about International Theatre Day.
  5. Using a variety of creative mediums to express your enthusiasm for the theatre.
  6. In partnership with theatres, hosting celebrations in honour of World Theater Day and providing free tickets to patrons.

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FAQs on World Theatre Day

Q.1. What is the significance of World Theatre Day?

Theatre is utilised as a medium to portray our society, and it depicts culture and tradition from all over the world in many languages. As a result, World Theatre Day is commemorated to protect and promote dramas that people still enjoy today.

Q.2. What is this year's World Theatre Day theme?

Over the years, the topic for World Theatre Day has remained the same: 'Theatre and a Culture of Peace.'

Q.3. Who was the first person to write a message for World Theatre Day?

Jean Cocteau was a French writer. Jean Cocteau wrote the first World Theatre Day International Message. The message is transcribed into other languages and widely disseminated.

Q.4. When was the first World Theatre Day?

The International Theatre Institute (ITI) established World Theatre Day in 1961.

Q.5. On World Theatre Day 2022, who sent out the message?

The message for World Theatre Day 2022 was written by Peter Sellars.