ITI - Germany
German Centre Of The International Theatre Institute
  • Die Mediathek des ITI mit über 8500 Titeln. | Foto: Maxim Wittenbecher

  • Das ITI-Jahrbuch 2018 ist online

  • Das ITI ist engagiert bei "Die Vielen"

  • Pierre Rigal / Compagnie dernière minute, Toulouse | „Scandale“ („Stolperfallen“), Tanzstück | © euro-scene Leipzig 2018 | Foto: Pierre Grosbois, Paris

  • Nono Battesti / Compagnie Dessources, Brüssel | „Double“ („Doppelt“), Tanzstück | © euro-scene Leipzig 2018 | Foto: Benjamin Struehlens, Walloon Brabant

  • Das ITI-Zentrum Zyperns ist Mitveranstalter des „2019 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama“. (Foto: Cyprus Centre of the International Theatre Institute)

  • ITI-Mitglied Peter Krüger zeigt in Inguschetien die Ausstellung "Bertolt Brecht - An die Nachgeborenen" (Foto: Lolita Gagieva).

German contribution to the Prague Quadriennale honours stage designer of the Volksbühne Berlin

The German contribution to this year's Prague Quadriennal, the world's largest platform for scenography, is dedicated to Bert Neumann.

From 05 to 16 June, the style-shaping work of the artist, stage and costume designer will be presented in Prague. Michelle Müntefering, Minister of State for International Cultural Policy at the German Federal Foreign Office, said in Berlin: "The Prague Quadriennal has a long tradition. I am therefore delighted that it has been possible to secure the funding for the German contribution through a joint effort by the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Goethe-Institut, the Federal State of Berlin and the German Theatre and Orchestra Association". The International Theatre Institute is the producer of the project and cooperates with the Association of Scenographers (Bund der Szenografen) and the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts. The PQ has taken place every four years since 1967 and in its last edition in 2015 welcomed over 180,000 visitors.

Please read the complete press release (in German)  here and find the overall programme here

 PDF Cataloguetext PQ

Welttheatertag 2019

Foto: Armin Smailovic

Ein Tag, der auch an die Not Kulturschaffender gemahnt

Mittel- und Rechtlosigkeit bestimmt vielerorts die Situation Kulturschaffender. Der Welttheatertag, so ITI-Präsident Joachim Lux jetzt im Hinblick auf den seit 1961 am 27. März begangenen Tag, „erinnert jährlich zugleich an die Not der Kulturschaffenden und an die wunderbaren Möglichkeiten der Kunst.“

Zu verstehen sei dieser Tag als „Geste der Ermutigung für Theaterkünstler der Welt“, die vielfach unter „enormem Druck“ und dem Risiko der Verfolgung zum Trotz „eine Kulturleistung erbringen, die den Menschen zum Menschen macht und zur Reflexion einlädt.“

Das  Statement von Joachim Lux im Wortlaut, hier die  Botschaft zum Welttheatertag, die in diesem Jahr aus Kuba kommt.

Award of the International Theatre Institute 2019

Photo Ensemble: Judith Buss
Photo Recke: Private

The ensemble of "Mittelreich" and the director, Anta Helena Recke, receive this year's prize of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) for their copy of the production of the same name by Anna-Sophie Mahler at the Münchner Kammerspiele.

The ITI hereby honours an outstanding intervention by the collective in the German theatre landscape. "With its cross-genre aesthetics, "Mittelreich" is an outstanding work on the state of diversity in this country.”

“The actors of "Mittelreich" and their director have written a piece of theatre history with their future-oriented project", as stated by the ITI’s board.

Biographies of the prizewinners 2019  here






Xchanges Festival

For the conclusion of the programme the festival Xchanges (May 16 to 18, 2019 at kampnagel, Hamburg) is all about key questions on international cooperation. To share experiences gained, to think of future network possibilities, to discuss principles of solidary collaboration and suitable funding schemes.

During three days there is time for an intensive exchange, in panels and workshops as well as shows and presentations. The programme ranges from audio- / video walks to lecture performances, concerts and theatre plays. The panels will focus on repression in the arts in Northern Africa and (Eastern) Europe and bring together artists from both regions. Further information on the artistic programme can be found as of March at, for current dates and further information please also go to the project site.


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Translating theatre - International Workshop Mülheim 2019

Participants are confirmed

Ten internationally renowned translators will be invited by the German ITI-centre together with the Mülheim's theatre days NRW "Stücke 2019" and the Goethe-institute. They will participate in an 8-day-meeting in Mühlheim in early summer 2019.

The participants are professional drama translators that interpret from German into their mother tongue:

Turkey: Dilek Altuntaş
Spain/ Catalunya: Eduard Bartoll Teixidor
Ukraine: Larysa Fedorenko
Spain: Elba Lopéz Oelzer
Finland: Jukka-Pekka Pajunen
Iran: Donya M. Rad
USA: Marc Silberman
Portugal: Helena Topa
Brasil: Luciana Dabdab Waquil
Russia: Tatjana Zborovskaya

Further information:  here

Theatre Award ‚Theaterpreis des Bundes‘ 2019

Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Monika Grütters, tenders this federal theatre award for the third time.

The call for proposals is open to all small and middle-sized theatres and cultural centres throughout Germany that run a continuous artistic programme all year round. For the first time the call also includes theatres without an ensemble. For further information and the application form please follow this link (all info in German)

The application deadline is Feb. 15th 2019, the award ceremony will probably take place in June 2019

Cultural exchange with obstacles

ITI Director Engel criticizes visa granting practice

According to ITI Director Thomas Engel, the existing practice of issuing visas is increasingly hindering cultural exchange with the Global South.
"Increasingly rigid entry regulations for young artists and the cultural-political intentions are two policy areas that are obviously becoming increasingly contradictory."
The most recent trigger for Engels' criticism was that two Egyptian artists were refused entry into Germany - because of a "negative return prognosis". Their cooperation with the Theaterwerkstatt Hannover with the performances of "For Heaven's sake, Icarus" was sponsored by the programme Szenenwechsel.

Nevertheless, the performances took place on 16th/17th and 23rd/24th of February - in an improvised version. In may 2019 the show will be presented again in Hannover as well as in hamburg as part of the Xchnages Festival (18.5.) and as part of the 40th anniversary season at GRIPS theatre, Berlin (12.06.).

More information can be found  PDF here.


Solidarity over privilege. It’s about all of us. Freedom for the Arts!

DIE VIELEN e.V. / THE ASSOCIATION OF THE MANY aims and charitable purpose is the promotion of an international mind set, tolerance in all areas concerning culture and public education. A nationwide campaign led to 18 regional declarations of THE MANY an more than 2.00 supporting arts- and culture institution. The campaign focuses on the self-activation of networks in culture in order to become active against discrimination and for artistic freedom.

Joint actions, events and discussions are planned, such as nationwide demonstrations of art and culture on May 19, 2019 together with other civil society groups.

The  BERLIN DECLARATION OF THE MANY is part of the campaign which was also  signed by ITI Germany. Individuals can support the declaration and express their attachment to the campaign via the  website