Russian Cultural Center marks World Theatre Day

By Laman Ismayilova

The Russian Information and Cultural Center has marked the World Theatre Day in Baku, Trend Life reports.

During the event, students of the Center’s department for children's creativity held an open lesson dedicated to Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. The children demonstrated their creativity in oratory skills in front of their teachers and families.

Many officials, including the deputy head of the Russian cooperation agency in Azerbaijan Aleksey Konnov, an artistic troupe of Azerbaijan Dramatic Theatre, Director of Theatre Studio under the Russian Information and Cultural Center, as well as people's artist of Azerbaijan Alexandra Nikushina and teacher of the center's studio, Timur Raghimov greeted the guests.

World Theatre Day was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI) and is celebrated annually on March 27 by ITI Centres and the international theatre community. Various national and international theatre events are organized to mark this occasion. One of the most important of these is the circulation of the World Theatre Day International Message through which at the invitation of ITI, a figure of world stature shares his or her reflections on the theme of Theatre and a Culture of Peace.

The first World Theatre Day International Message was written by Jean Cocteau (France) in 1962. It was first in Helsinki, and then in Vienna at the 9th World Congress of the ITI in June 1961 that President Arvi Kivimaa proposed on behalf of the Finnish Centre of the International Theatre Institute that a World Theatre Day be instituted. The proposal, backed by the Scandinavian centres, was carried with acclamation.

Ever since, each year on March 27, the World Theatre Day has been celebrated in many and varied ways by ITI National Centres of which there are now almost 100 throughout the world.

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