WSD2017: Celebrating the Power of Theatre Design

World Stage Design 2017, the only designer-based exhibition to showcase and celebrate theatre design from individual designers, will be held on July 1-9, 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan. International juries have selected 180 designs, 120 for Professional Designers Exhibition and 60 for Emerging Designers Exhibition, from among 660 submissions from over 50 countries. The selected works will be exhibited in Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts of Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA). It is the first time in the history that four major international projects of OISTAT— World Stage Design, Scenofest, Theatre Architecture Competition, and Technical Invention Prize— will be held simultaneously.

Founded in 2005 by OISTAT— the International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Architects, and Technicians – World Stage Design is a quadrennial international exhibition of scenography, including stage, costume, lighting, sound, multi-media and performance design. Similar to the Olympics, each World Stage Design is hosted by different cities on different continents every four years. It had been held in Toronto, Canada (2005), Seoul, Korea (2009) and Cardiff, UK (2013). This year, the 4th WSD will be held in Taipei, Taiwan, organized by Taiwan Association of Theatre Technology (TATT) and Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA).

Scenofest, a festival celebrates scenography, was initiated in 1994 by Pamela Howard, the renowned scenographer and educator from the UK. The word “Scenofest” is the combination of “Scenography” and “Festival”. It engages professionals and students of theatre arts with a wide range of activities. Scenofest 2017 features more than 150 inspiring performances, seminars, workshops, lectures and presentations, including keynote speeches of theatre design masters Ralph Koltai and Pamela Howard. Tickets to all Scenofest activities are available online with 20% off early-bird discount before June 10.

Theatre Architecture Competition (TAC) is an international idea competition for theatre architecture and interdisciplinary cooperation. First Prize of TAC2017 is awarded to Ye-Tai by Che-Hung Chien from Taiwan. Technical Invention Prize (TIP) is a global competition awarded to technicians who come up with simple and smart solutions to the works in theatre or entertainment industry. First prize of TIP2017 is awarded to Jansjörre by Joris Thiry from Belgium. The winning entries of TAC and TIP will be exhibited in conjunction with WSD.

OISTAT World Congress will also be held during World Stage Design 2017. The OISTAT members around the world will meet at World Congress to elect the new President, Executive Committee members and to plan future activities for the global theatre community. 

During July 1-9, theatre designers, technicians, architects, educators and students from various cultural background will all gather in Taipei to celebrate the creativity and diversity of theatre arts. It is a perfect chance to share, communicate and network with theatre professionals from all over the world. Do not miss the opportunity to meet them all in Taipei. 

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