March 27 is World Theatre Day

Wednesday, March 27. 2013 is WORLD THEATRE DAY

I am giving you a week’s notice so you can plan to do something other than smile weakly at someone around three pm and mutter, “uh – happy theatre day?” Read on.

As far as I can remember, everything I have ever learned, and that has mattered to me, I have learned through storytelling. And I have learned much by being told and telling stories through theatre…

D’aussi loin que je me souvienne, tout ce que j’ai appris et qui a de l’importance à mes yeux, je l’ai appris par la voie des contes. J’ai appris énormément par les histoires qu’on m’a racontées et celles que j’ai racontées au théâtre.

March 11, 2013… The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC) and  l’Association des théâtres francophones du Canada (ATFC) have once again joined forces to promote World Theatre Day from  a distinctly Canadian  perspective.

Says Micheline Chevrier, Associate Director of Imago Theatre“I am very honoured to have been asked by PACT, PGC and ATFC to write the message on the occasion of World Theatre Day. In doing so, I have had to reflect on the importance of telling stories, taking risks and broadening one’s understanding of the world. It has been a great gift. I look forward to reading other messages and taking inspiration and strength from those thoughts into my work.”

Created in 1961 by UNESCO, World Theatre Day is celebrated annually on March 27 by theatre communities around the globe. The impetus behind World Theatre Day is to honour and further UNESCO’s International Theatre Institute’s goals to:

  • Celebrate the power of theatre as an indispensable bridge-builder for mutual international understanding and peace.
  • Promote and protect cultural diversity and identity in communities throughout the world. Each year, a renowned theatre artist of world stature is invited to craft an International Message to mark the global occasion. This year we are proud to add a distinctly Canadian voice to these messages – click here for the full text of Ms. Chevrier’s message, and watch the french version video release embedded below.

How can you or your company be a part of the celebrations? Visit the PACT website for a list of easy ways to start a conversation, make an offer to audiences, or ways to let others know you’re celebrating the importance of theatre in Canada. You can also visit the PGC website and take part in the one tweet play challenge.


For more World Theatre Day info and activities around the world, visit:

http://www.tcg.org/international/events/wtd.cfm
http://nycwtd.com/home.html
www.iti-worldwide.org/

WORLD THEATRE DAY
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Locally, Nationally, Internationally, Live and On-line

 

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