World Theatre Day, celebrated on March 27th every year, is all about recognising the power and importance of theatre as an art form. Theatre has been a staple of human culture for centuries, and it continues to be relevant today. Today is all about celebrating its value in society and promoting it to the masses.
The origins of World Theatre Day go back to 1961 when the International Theatre Institute (ITI) created the day as a way to promote international cooperation and understanding in the field of theatre. The ITI is an organisation dedicated to promoting theatre and its significance in society, with members in over 90 countries.
Each year, the ITI selects a message to share on World Theatre Day, reflecting on the importance of theatre in society and the challenges that the industry faces. The message is then translated into over 50 languages and shared with theatre organisations worldwide.
See the 2023 message by Samiha AYOUB HERE
Theatre has always been a crucial part of human culture, providing an outlet for people to express themselves and share their stories. It entertains, educates, and inspires audiences, challenging societal norms and contributing to social change. The economic impact of theatre cannot be overlooked, as it provides jobs for actors, directors, designers, technicians, and other professionals, and brings in tourism revenue while contributing to the cultural identity of communities, towns and cities.
World Theatre Day is an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the significance of theatre in society. It’s a time to reflect on the challenges faced by the industry and to show support for theatre professionals worldwide. It’s also a time to encourage governments and organisations to invest in the arts and promote their importance to the masses.
In conclusion, World Theatre Day is a crucial holiday that emphasises the value and importance of theatre in society. It celebrates the contributions of the industry and encourages support and investment in its future success.
With support and promotion in mind please check out some of the other local theatre providers:
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Guildford Shakespeare Company
Guildford School of Acting
Performance Preparation Academy