28th congress of The International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC-AICT)


About IATC and it’s activities


Bitef is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and is generously inviting the International Association of Theatre Critics to hold its 28thbiennial congress in Belgrade. But IATC could just as well be joining the birthday celebration for its own 60th anniversary. Even beyond these, the coveted Thalia Prize, presented by the Association, is also having its 10th anniversary.

Today, the International Association of Theatre Critics is truly international in the contemporary sense of the word, gathering over 3,000 critics from some 75 countries, in national or regional associations, and as individual members or associates.

IATC was founded in 1956 in Paris, as a continuation of the first international circle of critics from 26 countries. IACT grew rapidly, and developed a pattern of working with conferences and symposia, as well as offering the much-valued seminars for young and emerging theatre critics. Through the years, many young professionals have been able to meet in different parts of the world and build up their own networks of international contacts. Normally, two seminars for young critics are organized every year, each with a dozen participants or more. The working languages of all IATC activities are English and French.

Critical Stages/Scènes critiques

To observe and comment on international criticism has always been an important part of IATC’s work, and the newest activity of the Association is its web journal, published twice a year and available to a worldwide readership: Critical Stages/Scènes critiques. Anyone wishing to get an update on theatre life in any part of the world will find a golden treasure in the online archives of the journal. The latest issue was published in July this year, with Dance the topic for a special issue.


In 2006, at an Extraordinary Congress for IATC to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Thalia Prize was presented for the first time.


Newness and Global Theatre: Between Commodification and Artistic Necessity

Organisers: BITEF, Belgrade, The International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC)

And its e-journal Critical Stages/Scènes critiques

Belgrade, 27th and 28th September 2016

SHOWCASE of Belgrade Theatres

29-30. September

This program was designed in order to take advantage of an unique opportunity, residence of around 100 critics from 40 countries from around the world in Belgrade, and to present them a selection of Belgrade productions which are not a part of the Bitef main program.