Jaipur will co-host 8th Theatre Olympics, the largest international theatre festival being held for the first time in India. The Jaipur chapter of Theatre Olympics 2018 is organised by National School of Drama (NSD) under the aegis of Ministry of Culture in collaboration with Ravindra Manch Society and Art & Culture Department, Rajasthan Government.
As a co-host, it will provide great opportunity to highlight the cultural heritage of Rajasthan. It will provide platform to number of folk art forms and theatre performers from state have. Rajasthan has number of indigenous folk and theatrical art forms, most of which are popular among people such as puppet dance, Kalbelia, Ghoomar among others. Some of folk art forms like Swaang, Gawri among others will be showcased during the theatre festival.
8th Theatre Olympics
The 8th edition of Theatre Olympics was inaugurated by Vice president Venkaih Naidu in New Delhi in February 2018. The event was organised by National School of Drama (NSD). The theme of festival is – “Flag of Friendship“
The 51-day long nationwide theatre extravaganza will cover 17 cities in India with more than 25,000 artists performing 450 shows, 600 ambience performances and 250 youth show. 30 countries participated in the festival from across the globe.
The Theatre Olympics
The Theatre Olympics is an international festival that brings together finest productions of well-known theatre practitioners from around the world. It was established in 1993 in Delphi, Greece as an initiative of noted Greek theatre director Theodorus Terzopoulus.
Greece was the first country to host the Theatre Olympics in 1995. Since then it was held in Japan (1999), Russia (2001), Turkey (2006), South Korea (2010) and China (2014). The 7th edition of mega carnival of theatre was held in Poland in 2016.