26 March 2020

Video message for World Theatre Day

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On the occasion of World Theatre Day on 27 th March, all theatres in Belgrade got together to produce this year’s international message under the title of ‘Theatre as a Shrine’, initiated by the Pakistani dramaturgue Shahid Nadeem.

Today is the day when all our theatres and theatres from around the world join together to create one single stage.

Happy World Theatre Day!

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The initiative to celebrate World Theatre Day on 27 th March was launched 58 years ago, in 1961, by the International Theatre Institute (ITI).

It was first in Helsinki and then in Vienna at 9 th ITI World Congress in June, 1961 when the then President Arvi Kivimaa from Finland proposed that a World Theatre Day be instituted. His proposal was carried with acclamation. Ever since, each year on 27 th 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. On that day, theatres around the world, national International Theatre Institute centres and the entire international theatre community organise different events, of which the most important one is the traditional international message written by a figure outstanding in theatre, at the invitation of ITI.

The International Message is translated into more than 20 languages, read in front of tens of thousands of spectators in theatres, printed and broadcast by hundreds of daily newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations around the world. The first World Theatre Day International Message was written by Jean Cocteau in 1962.