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Hamburg to host International Theatre Festival in 2017

ITI's "Theater der Welt" festival to return to the Elbe city for the third time. Port of Hamburg as emblematic venue of the festival's theme of globalisation and change.

The application to host an international theatre festival in 2017 did not happen by accident: with the Elbe Philharmonic Hall opening on 11 January 2017, the festival “Theater der Welt” will emphasise Hamburg even more Northern Germany’s capital of culture as a cultural location of international impact. The international festival of the performing arts is one of the most important events of the German theatre landscape, and only takes place ever three year in different venues throughout Germany.

Return to its Cradle

The festival will be hosted by the International Theatre Institute ITI. Founded in 1948 by theatre and dance experts and UNESCO, the ITI is the world’s largest performing arts organisation. Dedicated to performing arts, ITI advances UNESCO’s goals of mutual understanding and peace and advocates for the protection and promotion of cultural expressions, regardless of age, gender, creed or ethnicity. It works to these ends internationally and nationally in the areas of arts education, international exchange and collaboration, and youth training.

In 2017, theatre productions from all over the world will thus be shown in Hamburg. According to the Hamburg Mnister of Culture, Prof Barbara Kisseler, the audience favourite will significantly strengthen Hamburg’s reputation as a leading location of theatre and culture. With the15th edition, the festival will be returning to Hamburg for the third time, where a “Theater der Welt” had been held in 1979 and 1989. “We are delighted that” Theater der Welt “ will be returning to its place of birth in 2017, where the festival of world theatre is anchored the collective memory”, explains Dr. Thomas Engel, managing director of ITI Germany.

Hamburg’s Port to turn into a Centre of Culture

In 2017, the festival will be returning to a truly cosmopolitan city. Globalisation and constant changes are thus key topics. To reflect these issues already by the location, the Port of Hamburg was chosen as central venue for the festival, representing a place of the global movement of goods, people and cultures. To created the festival’s artistic programme, a municipal theatre and a free production house will be working together for the very first time: Thalia Theater and Kampnagel. In addition, numerous other theatres and drama groups at home in Hamburg, such as the German Schauspielhaus in Hamburg and fringe ensembles, will be taking part.

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