World Theatre Day

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World Theatre Day
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Performance for World Theatre Day 2010
Date27 March
Next time27 March 2023 (2023-03-27)

World Theatre Day (WTD) is an international observance celebrated on 27 March. It was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute.


World Theatre Day was initiated in 1962[1] by the International Theatre Institute (ITI). It is celebrated annually on 27 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 International 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 International Message was written by Jean Cocteau (France) in 1962. It was first in Helsinki, and then in Vienna at the 9th World Congress of the ITI in June 1961 that President Arvi Kivimaa proposed on behalf of the Finnish Centre of the International Theatre Institute that a World Theatre Day be instituted. The proposal, backed by the Scandinavian centres, was carried with acclamation.[2]


  1. ^ "World Theatre Day". WpLINEQuotes. Retrieved 27 March 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Chambers, Colin (2006). Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 849. ISBN 9781847140012.

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It is observed every year for the nourishing of the drama and fine arts