International days are marked to educate the public on issues of concern, to address global problems and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. Each international day provides the community an opportunity to organize activities related to the theme and to create public awareness on the same. Organizations, governments, public and private sectors, schools, universities and citizens make international day a springboard for awareness raising actions. In this article let us check on the observation of World Theatre Day 2020 and the International message and significance.
In this article readers can get a glimpse on
- History of World Theatre day
- Objective of Observing World Theatre Day
- ITI- The International Theatre Institute
- COVID -19 Outbreak – call for videos on World theatre day
- International Message- 2020 World Theatre Day message
- 2019, 2018- World Theatre Day message
- How To Contribute Towards The Observation Of World Theatre Day
History of World Theatre day
World theatre Day was initiated by the International theatre Institute (ITI) in the year 1961. World Theatre day is celebrated every year on March 27 by ITI centres all across the world and by many other international theatre companies. This day is marked by conducting various national and international theatre events. One of most interested event is the circulation of World Theatre Day international Message to the world. A world Stature share his or her reflections on the theme of theatre.
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.
Objective of Observing World Theatre Day
The goals of World Theatre Day are
• To promote the art form across the world.
• To make people aware of the value of the art form.
• To enable the theatre communities to promote their work on a broad scale.
• To enjoy the art form for its own sake.
ITI- The International Theatre Institute
The International theatre institute ITI is world’s largest performing arts organization established in 1948 by theatre and dance experts and UNESCO. The Institute is dedicated to performing arts. It also promotes UNESCO’s goals of promotion of culture and peace irrespective of age, gender, creed or ethnicity. ITI centres are located in various locations across the world and works nationally and internationally in the areas of arts education, international collaboration and youth training. ITI has over 85 centres throughout the world to encourage schools, colleges, and theatre personalities to mark this present day.Every year ITI organizes the World Theatre Day at the UNESCO, Paris
COVID -19 Outbreak – call for videos on World theatre day
Due to covid19 outbreak the ITI has decided to conduct the activities online. In order to continue this ITI has encouraged all centres cooperating members and friends of ITI to send a video to chen.simin(at)iti-worldwide.org as soon as possible.
International Message- World Theatre Day 2020 message
Every year notable personalities, especially from the field of performing arts are chosen to address the World Theatre Day International message. The first World Theatre Day International Message was written by Jean Cocteau. The message is translated into 50 different languages and distributed across the world to promote the values of art and culture.
2020 World Theatre Day message
The author of the Message of World Theatre Day 2020 is: Shahid Nadeem, Pakistan
Shahid Nadeem is Pakistan’s leading playwright and head of the renowned Ajoka Theatre.
Shahid Nadeem was born in 1947 in Sopore, Kashmir. He became a refugee at the tender age of 1, when his family had to migrate to the newly-created Pakistan after the 1948 war between India and Pakistan over the disputed state of Kashmir. He has lived in Lahore, Pakistan where he did his Masters in Psychology from the Punjab University. He wrote his first play as a university student but became a dedicated playwright when he started contributing from his political exile in London, plays for Pakistan’s dissident theatre group, Ajoka, set up by Madeeha Gauhar, a pioneer theatre activist, whom he later married. Shahid Nadeem has written more than 50 original plays in Punjabi and Urdu and several adaptations of Brecht’s plays.
World Theatre Day message- 2019 and 2018
Find below the links of the internal message of World Theatre Day
Ways to Celebrate World Theatre Day 2020
- Go see a play and take a friend
- Offer backstage tours of your theatre to the community.
- Collaborate with other theatres to offer free tickets
- Host a World Theatre Day reception after a show.
- Gather a group to write and stage a play in 24 or 48 hours
- Pay tribute to a playwright.
- Organize a theatre festival.
- Write, videotape, record, or blog why you love theatre.
- Announce World Theatre Day on Facebook.
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