UPDATE MARCH 6, 2020: IUTA World Congress in PH cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns

The Aug. 25-29, 2020 International University Theater Association (IUTA)13th World Congress in Manila has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns, officials said.

An official statement is to be released.

The International University Theater Association (IUTA) holds its 13th World Congress on Aug. 25-29, 2020 in Manila, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) President Arsenio J. Lizaso said on Thursday / March 5, 2020.

The Manila event of IUTA was officially confirmed in a letter addressed to Lizaso by IUTA President Vito Minoia. 

On Aug. 16-20, 2018 in Moscow during the 12th World Congress of IUTA, members of the IUTA Executive Committee unanimously voted to hold the next world congress of IUTA in the Philippines. 

The theme of the said congress is “The university theater as a social and cultural agent.” 

Students and educators of local colleges and universities as well as 350 delegates from IUTA’s member network of theater associations from 1,500 universities around the world are expected to attend the event in Manila. 

IUTA Philippine Center is accepting applicants from university affiliated organizations, experts, and practitioners. Registration is also open for interested observers.

The IUTA World Congress is held every two years.  

The IUTA was established at the Université de Liège in Belgium in 1994 with the goal of developing and promoting recognized post-secondary activity in theatre training, creation, research, and theoretical and practical research at the university-level or higher studies, throughout the world. IUTA has members in over 50 countries.

Aside from Moscow, 11 other cities have hosted IUTA World Congresses, which include Caldas in Colombia, Minsk in Belarus, Urbino in Italy, Olympia in Greece, Quebec in Canada, Liege in Belgium, Pueblo in Mexico, Dakar in Senegal, Krakow in Poland, Leicester in England and other cities.

Lizaso, who is also executive director of IUTA Philippine Center, said the Philippines is privileged to have this event as it is a first for the ASEAN region.

Application for presentation of papers, demonstrations, workshops and performance at the 13th World Congress are also being accepted.

Deadline for submission is on March 15, 2020.

For more details, inquire through the IUTA Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/IUTAPHL, via email (iutaphilippinecenter@gmail.com), or telephone (028) 8832-1125 loc. 1101. ##

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