Stephan Keller
— Mayor City of Düsseldorf


Dear visitors to the Theater der Welt festival,

Welcome to this special international theatre festival, welcome to Düsseldorf!

It is an honour for our city to host the Theater der Welt 2021 festival. An audience of theatre enthusiasts and artists from all over Germany and many countries further afield will meet here by the Rhine. They are all welcome in our highly international and cosmopolitan city. This diversity is reflected in our rich cultural life: Düsseldorf is a cultural metropolis with great charisma and an inspiring, creative environment, of which Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus is a key part. It is traditionally one of the leading German-speaking theatres and understands how to engage with topical themes. The Junges Schauspiel focuses on work for and with children and young people. For the first time in its history the festival programme and a youth congress dedicated to the theme »Our house is on fire« target the young generation.

This is our second attempt at holding the Theater der Welt festival: due to the coronavirus it was postponed from last year until the summer of 2021. I am very much cheered by the optimism of the presenters and their creative response to changing circumstances: there are more digital events and open-air performances. As a result, the Gustaf-Gründgens-Platz in front of the Schauspielhaus has been reconfigured and will provide a splendid forum surrounded by spectacular architecture under Düsseldorf’s summer skies. The Theater der Welt festival will move and thrill people in the city. With this in mind I wish you many stimulating impressions and a wonderful theatrical experience!

Yours Dr. Stephan Keller