The 10th International Theatre Olympics opened in Budapest on Saturday, with concerts and street artists’ performances taking place in several venues on the Danube embankment.
International Theatre Olympics is a theatrical gathering created in Greece in 1995 in the spirit of tradition, modernity, and the ancient Olympics. The founders were renowned directors and playwrights from Greece, Japan, the USA, Spain, the UK, Russia, Germany and Brazil. From time to time, one of the largest and most prestigious events in world theatre finds a home in a particular city or country. The 2023 Olympics in Budapest will be the 10th in the history of Theatre Olympics.
As the flag of the three-month series of events was hoisted by the National Theatre building, Attila Vidnyánszky, artistic director of the festival and director of the National Theatre, said that “more than 100 institutions are realising this dream” after four years of preparations.
The 10th Theatre Olympics will feature 750 productions by 400 theatre, dance and puppet theatre troupes from 58 countries, with 7,500 performers. The programmes will take place at almost 100 venues across the country until July 1.