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 Notes
24:7 Theatre Festival 2004 Manchester England  United Kingdom Annual (Around 24 July) Official Website
Adelaide Festival of Arts 1960[1] Adelaide South Australia  Australia Official Website
Al Qasr International Festival of Theatre 2014 Ksar el-Kebir Tangier  Morocco Annual (March) Official Website
International Festival of Making Theatre 2005 Athens Attica  Greece Annual (July) Official Website
Atlanta Black Theatre Festival 2012 Atlanta Georgia  United States Official Website
Avignon Festival 1947 Avignon  France Annual (July) Avignon Official Website
Belgrade International Theatre Festival 1967 Belgrade  Serbia Annual BITEF, Official Website
Broadway Bound Theatre Festival 2016 New York City New York  United States Annual (Summer) Where Playwrights Take Center Stage.

BBTF is the only curated theatre festival dedicated to transforming playwrights into producers.

Official website

Cfest (Charkhofalak Festival) 2017 Tehran Tehran  Iran Annual (Summer) Official Website
Chekhov International Theatre Festival 1992 Moscow Russian Federation Biennial (May-July)
Cincinnati Fringe Festival 2004 Cincinnati Ohio United States Annual, Tuesday after Memorial Day for 13 days. Official Website
Contemporary American Theater Festival 1991 Shepherdstown West Virginia  United States Annual (July) Official Website
Dream Up Festival 2010 New York City  United States Annual Official Website
Dublin Theatre Festival 1957 Dublin  Ireland Annual web site
Edinburgh International Festival 1947 Edinburgh Scotland  United Kingdom Annual (August) Official web site
Fajr International Theater Festival 1983  Iran Annual Official Website
Festival de Teatro de Curitiba 1992 Curitiba Paraná  Brazil pt:Festival de Teatro de Curitiba
Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogota 1988 Bogotá  Colombia Biennial (March or April) Official website
Festival Internacional de Londrina 1968 Londrina Paraná  Brazil pt:Festival Internacional de Londrina
Festival Nacional de Teatro 1985 São Paulo São Paulo  Brazil pt:Festival Nacional de Teatro
FRIDGE Fest 2017 New York City  United States Annual Official Website
Gabriola Theatre Festival 2008 Gabriola Island British Columbia  Canada Annual Official Website
Globo Teatro Festival International Theatre Festival 2014 Reggio Calabria Calabria  Italy Annual Official Website
Harare International Festival of the Arts 1999 Harare  Zimbabwe Hifa Official Website
IAPAR International Theatre Festival 2016 Pune Maharashtra  India Annual (In November) IAPAR International Theatre Festival features performances from across the globe, master classes, formal and informal interactions between artists from India and abroad. The focus of the festival revolves around the ‘Actor’ taking center stage. Official website
International Festival of Children's Theatres 1994 Subotica Vojvodina  Serbia International Official Website
International Theatre Festival of Kerala 2008 Thrissur Kerala  India Annual Website
International Thespian Festival Lincoln Nebraska United States Annual
Istropolitana Project 1977 Bratislava Slovakia Slovakia Biennial international
Joakimfest 2004 City of Kragujevac  Serbia Official Website
Last Frontier Theatre Conference 1995 Valdez Alaska  United States Official Website
Leonid Yengibaryan International Mime Festival 2008 Tsakhkadzor Kotayk  Armenia Annual (22-26 July) Official Website
Malta Festival Poznan 1991 Poznań Greater Poland  Poland Annual (June) Official Website
MasterWorks Festival 1997 Cedarville Ohio  United States Annual Multi-disciplinary Christian classical arts festival Official Website
MINI MIDI MAXI 2005 Bergen Hordaland  Norway Annual (November) International theatre festival for children and young people Official website
National Arts Festival 1974 Grahamstown Eastern Cape  South Africa Annual Multi-disciplinary festival with Main and Fringe programmes Official website
Floripa Teatro – Festival de Teatro Isnard Azevedo 1993 Florianopolis Santa Catarina  Brazil pt:Floripa Teatro – Festival de Teatro Isnard Azevedo
Festival Nacional de Teatro de Angra 2004 Angra dos Reis Rio de Janeiro  Brazil pt:Festa Internacional de Teatro de Angra
Festival de Teatro Independente de Santa Maria 2008 Santa Maria Rio Grande do Sul  Brazil pt:Festival de Teatro Independente de Santa Maria
Natyanjali South India  India Classical Indian musical theatre festival in the Hindu temples
Pacific Playwrights Festival 1998 Costa Mesa California  United States Annual three day festival at South Coast RepertoryOfficial Website
Page to Stage Festival 2014 Liverpool England  United Kingdom Official web site
Revolutions International Theatre Festival 2001 Albuquerque New Mexico  United States Annual (Jan-Feb) Official Website
Salzburg Festival 1920 Salzburg  Austria Annual (Jul-Aug) Official Website
Santarcangelo dei Teatri - Festival Internazionale del Teatro in Piazza 1971 Santarcangelo di Romagna  Italy Annual (Jul) Official Website
Shaw Festival 1962 Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario  Canada Annual (April–September) Official Website
Sibiu International Theatre Festival 1993 Sibiu Transylvania  Romania Annual Official website
Tbilisi International Festival of Theatre 2009 Tbilisi  Georgia Annual (September–October) Official website
The Act NOW! International Performance Writing Festival Vancouver British Columbia  Canada by The NOW! Organization
Under the Sal Tree Theatre Festival 2008 Goalpara North-East India  India Annual (Around December) Going back to the roots of theatre by connecting with nature. This festival happens amidst the Sal Tree jungles of Lower Assam.[2][3]
United Solo Theatre Festival 2010 New York City New York  United States Annual (Fall) The world's largest solo theatre festival, Official website
Williamstown Theatre Festival 1954 Williamstown Massachusetts  United States Annual (Summer) Official website
Zürcher Theater Spektakel 1980 Zürich   Switzerland Annual Official website


You should add Prishtina International Theater Festival - PITF in Kosovo