World Theatre Day 2019

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Since 1962 World Theatre Day has been celebrated by theatre professionals, theatre organizations, theatre universities and theatre lovers all over the world on the 27th of March. Initiated by the International Theatre Institute (ITI), this day is a celebration to showcase the importance of the art form “theatre”.

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 ITI that a World Theatre Day be instituted.

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