Happy World Theatre Day 2021 ( 27th March)
This day is a celebration for those who can see the value and importance of the art form theatre, and acts as a wake-up-call for governments,
politicians and institutions which have not yet recognised its value to the people and to the individual and have not yet realised its potential for economic growth.
The day was initiated in 1962 by the International Theatre Institute III.
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