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This important international theater festival in Germany is held every three years in a different German city.

THEATER DER WELT is the most important international theatre festival in Germany and is held every three years in a different German city.  

Inspired by the ITI festival Theater der Nationen, which took place in Hamburg in 1979, THEATER DER WELT was founded by the ITI Germany in 1981 and since then has presented ground-breaking achievements and developments in theatre from every continent every three years. THEATER DER WELT has been held in Cologne (1981), Frankfurt a.M. (1985), Stuttgart (1987), Hamburg (1989), Essen (1991), Munich (1993), Dresden (1996), Berlin (1999), Cologne-Bonn-Düsseldorf-Duisburg (2002), Stuttgart (2005), Halle (2008), Mülheim and Essen (2010), Mannheim (2014), Hamburg (2017), Düsseldorf (2021). The next stop will be Frankfurt a.M. together with Offenbach (2023 

THEATER DER WELT obtains its core funding in three equal parts from the host city, the respective state, and the federal government (Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media).

The ITI manages the archives of the Theater der Welt festival and is the point of contact for questions and contacts regarding the various festival editions.

Passende Meldungen

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ITI Fundrising Campaign for ZOUKAK, Beirut

ZOUKAK Theatre Company reiceives Donation from German ITI Centre

Ibrahim Ghareib: Skizze

Association Award of the ITI

ITI annual Conference 2021 "Hybridity and Equality?"

The public thematic annual conference of the ITI, which had to be cancelled last year due to the pandemic, took place on the web.


Theater der Welt Düsseldorf is taking place!

The Düsseldorf edition of Germany’s largest theatre festival is the first in its forty-year history that has had to be postponed.


Symposium for the Theaterpreis des Bundes 2021

On 08 July 2021, preceeding the award ceremony of the Theaterpreis des Bundes, we will organise the symposium #dialograumtheater.


User Survey

Short survey for users of touring artists' services.


Presentation of the ITI Prize to Jetse Batelaan

German ITI Centre 2020 Award

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Winners of the 2021 Theaterpreis des Bundes have been announced.

The jury selected 11 theaters out of 76 applications to win the award. 


ITI Germany has a new board

Yvonne Büdenhölzer elected President

All News theatre-prize of the federal government


31 Einzelporträts kleiner und mittlerer Theater jenseits der Metropolenräume. Die 31 Theater, die 2015, 2017 und 2019 mit dem Theaterpreis des Bundes…


Four ITI fellows of the Atelier Düsseldorf/ Theater der Welt

Onlien-Interview with Milena Gehrt, Moutaz Abdulrahman, Valia Katsi and Nada Abdel Wahab


Atelier Livestream

Every day, the panels of the Atelier will be livestreamed on youtube as well as iti-germany.de and thefestivalacademy.eu.


40 years of THEATER DER WELT

What remains when a festival is over? The Media Library for Dance and Theatre is openagain and with it the exhibition WELTRAUM with its DIGITAL…


Call for applications Forum Theaterübersetzung

Translation workshop of new drama into German.


Festival »Theater der Welt« Düsseldorf hands over to Frankfurt/Offenbach

»Theater der Welt 2023« is curated by Chiaki Soma and Kyoko Iwaki of Arts Commons Tokyo.

#dialograumtheater - Symposiumsprogramm ist online

Das Programm zum Symposium #dialograumtheater ist online.


Award ceremony of the Federal Theatre Prize 2021

The symposium #dialograumtheater and the award ceremony of the Theaterpreis des Bundes 2021 took place on 08.07.2021 in the presence of the Minister…


Job offer: student assistant

The International Theatre Institute Germany in Berlin / Mediathek für Tanz und Theater (ITI / MTT) is looking for a student assistant (m/f/d) in the…


Kick-Off Workshop Interlinking Media Libraries

Save the Date! Public Kick-Off of the DFG funded project on Ovotber 7th 2021


Job offer extended: student assistant

The International Theatre Institute Germany in Berlin / Mediathek für Tanz und Theater (ITI / MTT) is looking for a student assistant (m/f/d) in the…