List of theatre festivals

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Theatre festivals are amongst the earliest types of festival. Classical Greek theatre was associated with religious festivals dedicated to Dionysus, called the City Dionysia. The medieval mystery plays were presented at the major Christian feasts. Theatre as an everyday part of life is a comparatively recent phenomenon.

In recent years, theatre festivals have been established to promote various types of theatre, such as the works of William Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw. Many festivals, such as those in the fringe theatre movement, promote the work of beginning playwrights (called "new writing") and performers.

This is a list of theatre festivals around the world:

Theatre festivals[edit]

Name Est. City Region Country Type
24:7 Theatre Festival 2004 Manchester England  United Kingdom Annual (Around 24 July)
Adelaide Festival of Arts 1960[1] Adelaide South Australia  Australia
Atlanta Black Theatre Festival 2012 Atlanta Georgia United States Annual/International (Oct.)
Avignon Festival 1947 Avignon  France Annual (July)
Bitola Shakespeare Festival 1948 Bitola Pelagonia Macedonia Annual
Belgrade International Theatre Festival 1967 Belgrade  Serbia Annual
Contemporary American Theater Festival 1991 Shepherdstown West Virginia  United States Annual (July)
Colorado New Play Festival 2018 Steamboat Springs Colorado United States Annual
Dublin Theatre Festival 1957 Dublin  Ireland Annual
Edinburgh International Festival 1947 Edinburgh Scotland  United Kingdom Annual (August)
Fajr International Theater Festival 1983  Iran Annual
FEDU 2015 Sarajevo  Bosnia and Herzegovina Annual
Harare International Festival of the Arts 1999 Harare  Zimbabwe
International Festival of Children's Theatres 1994 Subotica Vojvodina  Serbia International
International Shakespeare Festival Craiova 1994 Craiova Dolj County Romania Every second year
International Theatre Festival of Kerala 2008 Thrissur Kerala  India Annual
International Thespian Festival Lincoln Nebraska United States Annual
Joakimfest 2004 City of Kragujevac  Serbia
Juventafest 2013 Sarajevo  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Last Frontier Theatre Conference 1995 Valdez Alaska  United States
Malta Festival Poznan 1991 Poznań Greater Poland  Poland Annual (June)
MasterWorks Festival 1997 Cedarville Ohio  United States Annual
MESS International Theatre Festival 1960 Sarajevo  Bosnia and Herzegovina Annual
National Arts Festival 1974 Grahamstown Eastern Cape  South Africa Annual
Natyanjali South India  India
New Works Festival 2002 Palo Alto California  United States Annual
Ostrava Shakespeare Festival 2008 Ostrava Moravia-Silesia Czech Republic Annual
Pacific Playwrights Festival 1998 Costa Mesa California  United States Annual three day festival
Salzburg Festival 1920 Salzburg  Austria Annual (Jul-Aug)
Shake Nice! Festival 2014 Nice Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur France Annual
Shaw Festival 1962 Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario  Canada Annual (April–September)
Sibiu International Theatre Festival 1993 Sibiu Transylvania  Romania Annual
Shakespeare's Festival at Catalonia 2003 Barcelona Catalonia Spain Annual
Shakespeare Festival at Hamlet's castle 1816 Elsinore Capital (Hovedstaden) Denmark Annual
Tbilisi International Festival of Theatre 2009 Tbilisi  Georgia Annual (September–October)
United Solo Theatre Festival 2010 New York City New York  United States Annual (Fall)
Williamstown Theatre Festival 1954 Williamstown Massachusetts  United States Annual (Summer)
Yerevan International Shakespeare Theater Festival 2004 Yerevan Yerevan Armenia Annual
Zürcher Theater Spektakel 1980 Zürich   Switzerland Annual
Intiman Theatre Festival 1972 Seattle Washington  United States Annual
Guwahati Theatre Festival 2016 Guwahati Assam  India Annual


  1. ^ "1960 Adelaide". Retrieved December 10, 2014.