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  • Theater der Welt 2020 | 14. bis 31. in Düsseldorf

International Festival „Theater der Welt Düsseldorf 2020“

Festival Theater der Welt postponed to June 2021

The International Festival "Theater der Welt" will not take place from 14 to 31 May 2020 as planned, but is to be postponed until June 2021. This decision was taken by the festival's sponsors (the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the state capital Düsseldorf in coordination with the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media) together with the festival organisers (International Theatre Institute/ITI and Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus) against the background of the corona virus.

Further planning and implementation of the extensive international programme with around 400 participating artists was no longer possible under the currently imposed regulations on international travel and visa issuance. International co-productions and cooperations are an essential part of the festival. However, many of the projects and productions that have already begun require groups of artists to meet and work together internationally at different locations. Due to the current exit and entry bans, these artistic cooperations must now be suspended for the foreseeable future.

Read the complete press release (German)

Atelier ITI Atelier at Theater der Welt 2021

For Theater der Welt 2020 in Düsseldorf, the German ITI Centre has developed its own studio project in cooperation with the European Festivals Association. We are working with all participants to adapt the studio for next year.
The Atelier is an international platform for discourse and creative experimentation for around 40 young theatre professionals.
During the festival in June 2021, it offers participants with different aesthetic, cultural and political experiences space for artistic and discursive exchange.

Theater der Welt 2023 in Offenbach und Frankfurt am Main

Das gab's noch nie: Gleich zwei Ausgaben von Theater der Welt liegen vor uns. In einer Pressekonferenz am 26. Juni 2020 wurde die Vergabe von THEATER DER WELT 2023 nach Offenbach und Frankfurt am Main bekannt gegeben. Die Konzeption des Teams um Matthias Pees (Künstlerhaus Mousonturm), Matthias Wagner K (Museum für Angewandte Kunst) und Anselm Weber (Schauspiel Frankfurt) überzeugte durch die nachhaltige Einbindung lokaler Partner:innen aus der Region und damit auch der Verbindung und Befragung von Regionalität und Internationalität.
Als geplanter Zeitraum des Festivals wurde der 29. Juni bis 16. Juli 2023 angegeben.

Lesen Sie hier die Pressemitteilung zur Vergabe.

Wir freuen uns also auf zwei spannende Festivals: 2021 in Düsseldorf und 2023 in Frankfurt und Offenbach.



Theater der Welt – a Festival of the International Theatre Institute (ITI)

Theater der Welt was founded in 1981 after the success of THEATRE OF NATIONS, the festival of the worldwide ITI,  in Hamburg (1979) by the German centre of the International Theatre Institute as a biennial festival. Theater der Welt became triennial in 1993. Each festival edition takes place in a different city in Germany and with a different artistic director.

Previous festivals took place in Cologne (1981), Frankfurt am Main (1985), Stuttgart (1987), Hamburg (1989), Essen (1991), Munich (1983), Dresden (1996), Berlin (1999), Cologne/Bonn/Düsseldorf/Duisburg (2002), Stuttgart (2005), Halle (2008), Mülheim and Essen (2010), Mannheim (2014), Hamburg (2017).

The next Theater der Welt festival is scheduled for 2020 in Duesseldorf, May 14-31.

Festival Directors: Wilfried Schulz, Stefan Schmidtke (Programme Director)

  • Postal address:

Theater der Welt 2020 in Düsseldorf
Ein Festival des ITI
c/o Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus
Gustaf-Gründgens-Platz 1
40211 Düsseldorf