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Long Live Theatre, Long Live Theatre Criticism!

In these times of uncertainty for all, and of utter devastation for some, in these times that seem so dark and gloomy, in these times when we are forced to hide behind a curtain of fear and even despair, we need to believe in the beauty and the strength of human nature, as reflected in the amazing art of theatre.

Indeed, since its very beginning, theatre has never ceased to be a celebration of humanity through its unique ability to bring us together. Although we are now isolated and perhaps lonely, although so many theatrical institutions are closed, or maybe precisely for these reasons, now is the time to value theatre and theatre criticism more than ever before. Therefore, World Theatre Day 2020 is an occasion to smile and rediscover love, to have faith in our own humanity, to applaud the courage and determination of both artists and critics, to stay strong in the face of all adversity. Long live theatre, long live theatre criticism! That is to say, long live hope and the power of the human spirit!