Theater der Welt was founded by the International Theatre Institute as a biennial festival in 1981 and became triennial in 1993. Each festival takes place in a different city and with different artistic directors. Hamburg will be the place for Theater der Welt 2017. Theater der Welt is the only regular theatre festival in Germany whose principal objective is to present theatre in all its forms and from all continents. It seeks out fresh, new theatre capable of offering audiences insights into other theatre cultures and aesthetic approaches.