Theater Olympics: India to host the greatest carnival of theater in the world

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Dr Mahesh Sharma, India’s Minister for Culture and Tourism, announced that the 8th edition of the greatest carnival of Theater in the World will take place in India for the first time ever from February 17– April 08, 2018 simultaneously in various cities across the country.

Addressing a Press Conference here in the presence of Mr. Ratan Thiyam, Chairperson, NSD Society and Prof. Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama, the Minister said that there will be 500 plays & 700 ambience performances from across the world and allied activities like exhibitions, seminars, symposia, interactive discussions and workshops with well-known academicians, authors, actors, designers and directors will be held. He said that the leading luminaries of world theatre will take part.

In a development that puts India firmly among the top nations on the world theatre map, the country is all set to host the next edition of the prestigious Theater Olympics. Established in 1993, the Theatre Olympics is the foremost international theater festival, presenting the finest productions of well-known theatre practitioners from around the world.

The Theater Olympics, being held in India for the first time, is being organized by the National School of Drama, under the aegis of Ministry of Culture. The country’s tryst with the biggest celebration of theater in the world will take place from February 17 till April 08, 2018 and will be held in 15 cities across India.

It was also announced that the inaugural ceremony of the Theater Olympics will take place in New Delhi, in a gala function with performances by hundreds of artistes while the closing ceremony will take place in Mumbai. The Theater Olympics 2018 will be the 8th edition of the event and will feature maximum number of Indian & International theater groups, invitee eminent theater personalities along with their performances.

The Theater Olympics was established in 1993 in Delphi, Greece, as the first international theater festival. With the tagline ‘Crossing Millennia’, this is an initiative to connect the cultural past with the present and future, bringing the richness and diversity of theatre heritage to the experiments and research of contemporary theater.

The first country to host the Theater Olympics was Greece in 1995. Japan hosted the second edition in Shizuoka in 1999, followed by Russia in 2001. In 2006 the Olympics were held in Istanbul, Turkey and four years later, in 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. China hosted them in Beijing in 2014 and in 2016 the 7th Theater Olympics were held in Wroclaw, Poland. India is all set to join this illustrious list as it plays host to the 8th edition of this global event.