Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma on February 13, 2018 announced that India will host the 8th edition of Theatre Olympics 2018 from February 17 to April 8, 2018. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu will inaugurate the Theatre Olympics at the majestic Red Fort in New Delhi.
The theme of the 8th Theatre Olympics will be “Flag of Friendship” that aims to bridge borders and bring people of different cultures, beliefs and ideologies together through the medium of theatrical art. The event will witness performances in 30 different Indian languages, 15 foreign languages as well as in non-verbal languages.
1. Numerous allied activities like exhibitions, symposia, workshops with well-known academicians, authors, actors, designers and directors will be held. The allied programs will boast of 60 ‘Living Legends’ series and 50 ‘Master Classes’.
2. 25000 artists from across the globe will participate in the festival which will conclude on April 8, 2018 with a grand ceremony at the iconic Gateway of India in Mumbai.
4.The 51 days long event will travel to 17 Indian cities with 450 shows, 600 ambience performances and 250 power packed youth forum shows.
5. Plays will be held in Agartala, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Imphal, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna, Thiruvananthapuram and Varanasi.