Prof. Monika Grütters MdB
— Minister of State for Culture and Media


Dear members of the audience,

The Italian writer Ignazio Silone once said that we should take the world as it is, but not leave it as it is. The engaging programme of the upcoming edition of Germany’s most important theatre festival, Theater der Welt, reflects this desire
to change the world and make one’s mark on it. After having been postponed for a year due to the pandemic, the festival will enthral audiences this year with compelling productions created through international collaboration. Ideas and projects from far-flung corners of the world were passed on to artists’ collectives here in Germany who worked to realise them. This process not only generated impressive productions, but also furthered mutual trust and respect among the participants. The more than 400 participating artists do not want to leave the world »as it is«, in Silone’s words, and so their works shine a spotlight on critical issues of our time such as decolonisation and equality of opportunity. It is particularly positive that about half of the invited projects have been led and artistically shaped by women and that women are well represented on stage, too – from an Indonesian women’s choir to a group of women belonging to the Mapuche people of South America. For the first time, the festival also features programming for children and young people, accompanied by a model education and outreach project. And what is more, a new outdoor stage in the Düsseldorf area will enable the public to encounter exciting performances in a pandemic-safe format.

I wish all of the participants inspiring theatre experiences and enthusiastic audiences!

Prof. Monika Grütters