In 1992, IDEA launched its first world congress in Porto, Portugal. Since then, thousands of drama and theatre education teachers and pedagogues, scholars and artists from across the world, have met at eight World Congresses to exchange and celebrate practice, research, case studies, pedagogical theories, new curricula and performances.
Following Porto in 1992, IDEA's world congress moved hemispheres in 1995 to Brisbane, Australia. Many friendships and collaborations resulted. This widening global community met again and again – in Kisumu, Kenya (1998), Bergen, Norway (2001) and Ottawa, Canada (2004), Hong Kong (SAR), China (2007), Belem, Brazil (2010) and Paris, France(2013).
Each congress includes an IDEA General Council Meeting which elects a new team of officers.
In Canada, 2004, IDEA's members resolved to transform its congress-centred organisation into a more inclusive project-driven IDEA, concerned in particular with young people from every continent and social context.
In Hong Kong, more than 1200 people from more than 50 countries participated in a 6th congress which experimented with 'dialogic' keynotes, onstage roundtables and a world workshop for young actors and directors who gave their own keynotes. After three years of making and testing new policy for Young IDEA, IDEA Projects and Solidarity, inter-regional collaborations, this new website, the co-creation and coordination of the World Alliance for Arts Education and its first World Creativity Summit, the General Council opted to prioritise communication, fundraise to develop sustainable projects, expand its research and advocacy, and to develop IDEA Regions.
The 7th IDEA World Congress took place in Belem in northern Brazil, the metropolitan capital on the banks of the Amazon, in July 2010.
The 8th world congress was held in Paris July 2013.
In Paris, the General Council voted to host the 9th World Congress in Ankara Turkey in 2016 hosted by Cagdas Drama Dernegi (Contemporary Drama Association – CDA)
9th of triennially International Drama, Theatre and Education Association (IDEA) World Congress will be held on 11th-17th July 2016 in Ankara/Turkey for the first time. We would like to express our excitement and honour for hosting the most important congress of drama world, along with 1000 participants from more than 80 countries, at the capital city of Turkish Republic.
The theme of the congress is designated as “CIRCLE” in order to argue and evaluate once again each topic related to human, society, life, especially the concepts of solidarity, democratic culture, freedom, justice and equity on drama, theatre, education and interrelations platform.
The talks of distinguished invited speakers of the World, more than 100 workshops, special topic groups and round table discussions, oral presentations of the researches and works of the participants will be in the scientific program of the congress. Additionally, young IDEA members will present their colorful artistic performances.
Along with the academic and artistic program, there will be social and cultural activities that provide experience of cultural and natural beauties of Ankara and neighborhoods. The congress will be organized in cooperation with The Contemporary Drama Association and Ankara University and will be executed at Ankara University Cebeci Campus..
We are looking forward to see all participants at 9th IDEA World Congress, which we put our effort to make it most impressive meeting of the year 2016.
Dr. Ömer Adıgüzel
IDEA 2016 Chair
Ankara University, Culture and Art Coordinator
The Contemporary Drama Association, Chairman
A history of IDEA in Congress Posters
Prepared by Stig A. Ericsson.