India to host 8th international Theatre Olympics in 2018

New Delhi: India will host international Theatre Olympics in 2018 for the first time.
The 51-day carnival of theatre, beginning February 17 next year, will simultaneously be held in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai and 10 other cities across India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to inaugurate the mega international event here in Delhi while the President of India will conclude it in Mumbai on April 8. Names of the cities, other than the five metropolis, will be finalized by a national advisory committee to be set up for detailed planning of the event.
The Theatre Olympics is an international festival that brings together productions of well-known theatre practitioners from around the world. It was established in Delphi, Greece, in 1993 at the initiative of noted Greek theatre director Theodorus Terzopoulus.
While the first country to host the Theatre Olympics was Greece in 1995, the last mega carnival of theatre was held in Poland in 2016. India will be hosting the eighth edition of the Theatre Olympics next year.
β€œIt gives me immense pleasure to announce that India will be hosting the eighth edition of Theatre Olympics 2018. While best of the theatre productions from around the world will be showcased during the mega event, India will get an opportunity to showcase the richness and diversity of its culture to the world through the international carnival of theatre,” Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said while addressing a press conference here.
The National School of Drama (NSD) will organize the mega international event in coordination with the Union Culture Ministry.
β€œWe hope that the carnival of theatre is inaugurated by our Prime Minister (Modi). This mega event shall host about 500 shows in 15 different cities in India including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai,” Sharma added.

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