Monday 27 March 2017

World Theatre Day – 27 March

Today (27 March) sees World Theatre Day being celebrated with events around the world, just as it has been every year, since its inception in 1962.

The focus of the celebration is the circulation of the World Theatre Day Message, through which, at the invitation of the International Theatre Institute (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 Message was written by Jean Cocteau in 1962.
Each year an outstanding figure in theatre, or a person outstanding in heart and spirit from another field, is invited to share his or her reflections on theatre and international harmony. What is known as the International Message is translated into more than 50 languages, read for tens of thousands of spectators before performances in theatres throughout the world, and printed in hundreds of daily newspapers. Colleagues in the audio-visual field lend a fraternal hand, with more than a hundred radio and television stations transmitting the Message to listeners in all corners of the five continents.World Theatre Day

In 2017, French actress, Isabelle Huppert delivers the message. Her address is available to read from the official website of World Theatre Day, where it can also be downloaded in several international languages.

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