World Theatre Day is celebrated every year on 27 March by the International Theatre Institute (ITI) centers and the theatre community across the globe.
The day is commemorated to raise the importance of theatre arts, their position in the sphere of entertainment and the transformations that theatre brings to people's lives. This year marks the 60th anniversary of World Theatre Day.
However, the past two years did not go smooth for theatre artists across the globe as they were not able to showcase their talent to people due to the pandemic-induced lockdowns and restrictions.
World Theatre Day 2022: History
The International Theatre Institute or ITI established World Theatre Day in 1961. Jean Cocteau was the person who wrote the first World Theatre Day Message in 1962.
Since then, World Theatre Day is being celebrated every year on 27 March, the date of opening of the 1962 "Theatre of Nations" season in Paris.
World Theatre Day 2022: Celebrations
A number of national and international theatre events are planned on World Theatre Day. It is celebrated by ITI centers across the world in a variety of ways. The day is also religiously celebrated by theatres, theatre professionals, theatre lovers, theatre universities, academies and schools.
Every year, a renowned figure in theatre or a person of exceptional heart and soul from another sector is asked to express their thoughts on theatre and international harmony.
Goals of World Theatre Day
- To encourage all types of theatre around the globe
- To raise public awareness of the importance of theatre in all of its forms
- To enjoy theatre in all of its forms for its own sake
- To share the joy for theatre with other people
- Providing opportunities for theatrical communities to promote their work on a large scale, so that governments recognise and support the worth and importance of dance in all of its forms
World Theatre Day 2022: Message
On World Theatre Day, ITI releases messages from global personalities in over 50 languages, based on the theme “Theatre and a Culture of Peace”. This year’s message is shared by Peter Sellars, Opera, Theatre and Festival Director (USA).
“As the world hangs by the hour and by the minute on a daily drip-feed of news reportage, may I invite all of us, as creators, to enter our proper scope and sphere and perspective of epic time, epic change, epic awareness, epic reflection, and epic vision?,” Sellars said in his message.