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    World Theatre Day 2023 

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    On World Theatre Day, the international theatre community celebrates the art of the stage and the power of theatre to bring people together.

    Today marks World Theatre Day (WTD), an event initiated by the International Theatre Institute (ITI) in 1962. Celebrated annually on March 27, the occasion is marked by ITI Centres and the international theatre community through a variety of national and international theatre events. The day is a chance to celebrate the art of theatre, as well as its power to unite people from across the world.

    WTD is a special occasion celebrated annually by International Theatre Institute (ITI) Centres around the world. This day commemorates the opening of the 1962 “Theatre of Nations” season in Paris. To mark the occasion, theatres, theatre professionals, theatre lovers, theatre universities, academies, and schools join in the celebration. ITI currently has 90 Centres worldwide.

    World Theatre Day was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute ITI. It is celebrated annually on the 27th of March by ITI Centres and the international theatre community. 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 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 Message was written by Jean Cocteau in 1962. (

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