Festival Theater der Welt
On 4 July 2021 the Theater der Welt festival in Düsseldorf reached its successful conclusion. A total of 350 artists from 5 continents and from 17 countries were our guests in Düsseldorf. We were able to produce 37 theatre performances in front of a live audience. The festival presented a total of 24 outstanding international productions from 17 June to 4 July. Six of these were world premieres, they were developed as co-productions and brought together groups of artists across national and continental boundaries. These were supplemented by the daily sound performances in the city, the Weltfoyer music programme at the Festival Centre and two productions streamed live from Chile and South Africa directly to the Schauspielhaus.
We are thrilled finally to have been able to meet live after such a long period of distancing. We would like to say thank you. Thank you for being here and welcoming the guests from all around the world so warmly. Thank you to all the teams on stage, front of house and backstage for all their hard work, holding their nerve and for their scrupulous attention to the smallest details.
When asked »What do you think, why is a festival like this one important in the present situation?«, the actor, director and festival maker Étienne Minoungou said: »We had forgotten that human beings are vulnerable. Progress, science, technology, the world of finance, money … We were strong. But we are vulnerable. Theatre is the place that reminds every one of us of that. And brings us together. That’s what is so important. This is theatre: we are together. A festival like this says: we are alive.« We agree with him.
The next edition of the Theater der Welt festival will be held in Frankfurt and Offenbach am Main in 2023. We wish the festival team for the coming edition an exciting time preparing the festival and every success.
We hope to see you in the theatre again soon, wherever in the world that might be!
Stefan Schmidtke, Programme Director Theater der Welt 2021 and the Festival Team