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8th Theatre Olympics concludes in Mumbai

The eight edition of Theatre Olympics concluded in Mumbai, Maharashtra after glorious run of 51 days across 17 cities of India and showcasing rich heritage and culture across length and breadth of the country. It was inaugurated by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu in February 2018 at the majestic Red Fort in New Delhi.

Key Facts

The 8th Theatre Olympics was organised by National School of Drama (NSD) under Ministry of Culture. The theme of the festival was – “Flag of Friendship“. The 51-day event had brought together around 25,000 artists from India and across the world. It witnessed 450 shows from more than 30 countries performed across 17 cities such as across Indian during festival.

The 8th Theatre Olympics was biggest international theatre festival held in India for first time. It staged more than 400 plays and hosted 78 allied events including 34 Living Legend series, 29 Master Classes, seven Interfaces, six national and international seminars and two workshops across 17 cities. Besides, about 600 ambience performances and 250 youth forum shows were also held during the nationwide event.

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 heatre director Theodorus Terzopoulus. Greece was the first country to host 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.

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India to host 8th International Theatre Olympics in 2018

India for the first time will host 8th International Theatre Olympics, the greatest carnival of theatre in the world in 2018.  The 51-day carnival of theatre will begin on February 17, 2018.

The mega international event will be organised by the National School of Drama (NSD) in coordination with the Union Culture Ministry.

The 2018 Theatre Olympics will showcase best of the theatre productions from around the world. Besides, it will provide India an opportunity to showcase the richness and diversity of its culture to the world. It will host about 500 shows from across the world in 15 different cities across India including Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Chennai.

About 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.

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