About Festival


The International Theatre Schools Festival ITSelF is a theatre biennial, organized by The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw, Poland. The Festival is supported by the Capital City of Warsaw and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Since its first edition, it is organized under The Honorary Patronage of The President of the Republic of Poland.

9th edition of the ITSelF Festival

will be held from June 30th till July 6st, 2017.

The main objective of ITSelF Festival is to promote theatre culture and young talents of the stage, share experiences, bring cultures closer by gathering artists together, as well as to present Poland as a country which supports culture and appreciates its influence on the development of the society.

The prestige and the scope of the Festival increase with each and every edition. Our initiative is supported by political and cultural celebrities. We also cooperate with leading Warsaw theatres.

In the previous editions we had the honour to host over 60 theatre schools from different continents, a number of guests from all over the world, as well as thousands of spectators.

The Festival programme includes not only final degree shows, which are performed by various theatre schools invited and admitted to our competition, but also numerous associated events, such as Off Festival shows, meetings with theatre and cinema celebrities, as well as theatre workshop dedicated to both, professionals and amateurs.

In order to meet the expectations of our audience all the performances in the competition are provided with Polish subtitles.

The strength of participants’ youth, talent and enthusiasm make each edition of the Festival unique. It is also one of the largest and most prestigious events of that kind in the world.


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