For the first time since 1961, when it was launched globally by UNESCO's International theatre Institute, Italy will celebrate the theatre and performing arts on March 27 as part of World Theatre Day. Italy will join the events, held annually on March 27, celebrating its first year of participation with a series of performances that promote the country's renowned centuries-old theatre tradition.
Theatres across the country will be staging non-stop performances. School students will be given free access to performances, and other special offers are planned to pull in the crowds. To promote youth engagement with theatre, schools across the country will hold performances and plays, in collaboration with the education ministry.
Events are also planned at Italian culture institutes in New York, Paris and London, with some of Italy's most acclaimed theatre actors, such as Giorgio Albertazzi, Antonia Brancati, Claudia Cardinale, Anna Proclemer and Maurizio Scaparro.