India will host the 8th edition of the greatest carnival of theatre in the world, Theatre Olympics, for the first time ever from 17 February to 8 April 2018 simultaneously in 15 cities across the country.
The announcement was made by Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Culture and Tourism, on 12 July 2017.
The Theatre Olympics will be organised by the National School of Drama, under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Culture.
The inaugural ceremony of the Theatre 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 Theatre Olympics 2018 will be the 8th edition of the event and will feature maximum number of Indian and International theatre groups.
About Theatre Olympics
• The Theatre Olympics was established in 1993 in Delphi, Greece, as the first international theatre festival.
• It is the foremost international theatre festival, presenting the finest productions of well-known theatre practitioners from around the world.
• With the tagline ‘Crossing Millennia’, the festival 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 theatre.
• The first country to host the Theatre Olympics was Greece in 1995. Japan hosted the second edition in Shizuoka in 1999, followed by Russia in 2001.
• The 7th Theatre Olympics were held in Wroclaw, Poland.
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