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)
Mérida International Classical Theatre Festival[1] 1933 Mérida Extremadura Spain Annual (July-August)
Adelaide Festival of Arts 1960[2] Adelaide South Australia  Australia
Atlanta Black Theatre Festival 2012 Atlanta Georgia United States Annual/International (Oct.)
Avignon Festival 1947 Avignon  France Annual (July)
Belgrade International Theatre Festival 1967 Belgrade  Serbia Annual
Contemporary American Theater Festival 1991 Shepherdstown West Virginia  United States Annual (July)
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 Theatre Festival of Kerala 2008 Thrissur Kerala  India Annual
IAPAR International Theatre Festival 2016 Pune Maharashtra  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
Pacific Playwrights Festival 1998 Costa Mesa California  United States Annual three day festival
Salzburg Festival 1920 Salzburg  Austria Annual (Jul-Aug)
Shaw Festival 1962 Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario  Canada Annual (April–September)
Sibiu International Theatre Festival 1993 Sibiu Transylvania  Romania 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)
Zürcher Theater Spektakel 1980 Zürich   Switzerland Annual
Guwahati Theatre Festival 2016 Guwahati Assam  India Annual
Theater Festival "MYTHS OF THE POLIS" 2016 Constanța  Romania Annual (June)


You should add Prishtina International Theater Festival - PITF in Kosovo