IDEA Day is a special event in the IDEA Calendar.

It is celebrated on November 27 each year. It was accepted unanimously in the Hong Kong General Council Meeting of 2007 to celebrate, promote and advocate drama/theatre as part of a full human education, within and across national borders.




4.10. 1 Why 27th of November ?

Originally written by Tintti Karppinen. 

Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares: “Everyone has the right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits."

Why November ?

it is the month, when the declaration of the Rights of the Child was accepted by the United Nations.

Art. 13:

"The child shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of the child's choice." Art. 31:

"1. States Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.

2. States Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity."

Each IDEA member will independently decide the best way to celebrate IDEA DAY in their own country.

IDEA will annually give an IDEA DAY declaration or greeting to its members. IDEA can also propose an international or regional theme for IDEA DAY, which members may include or apply in their national or regional way of celebration.


IDEA Day Message 2020 by Robin Pascoe President IDEA 2013-2020

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