International Dance Day



In order to demonstrate the global nature of theatre, ITI is - for the first time ever - launching a truly open call for nominations. There will be five message authors selected, one for each region: Africa, Arab Countries, Asia Pacific, the Americas and Europe.

Please participate.

As 2018 is the Year of ITI, as ITI is celebrating its 70th Anniversary, we approaching the celebration of International Dance Day for its Anniversary in a different way. Indeed, ITI will select not only one distinguished personality to write the message for International Dance Day, but five: one from each of the five ITI regions that are in alignment with the regions of UNESCO: Africa, the Americas, the Arab Countries, Asia Pacific and Europe. Please >>click here to download the call in English and >>here to download the call in French. Please send us your nomination until 15 October 2017. >>To see the previous message authors please click here.

This is the official website for International Dance Day. International Dance Day was created by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute ITI, the main partner for the performing arts of UNESCO. Since its creation in 1982, the International Dance Committee and the International Theatre Institute ITI select an outstanding dance personality to write a message for International Dance Day each year. This day is a celebration day for those who can see the value and importance of the art form “dance”, and acts as a wake-up-call for governments, politicians and institutions which have not yet recognised its value to the people and to the individual and have not yet realised its potential for economic growth.

“People reflect each other constantly, but when they dance, perhaps what they reflect most is that moment of honesty.”


Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, dancer and choreographer, message author for International Dance Day 2012