Liverpool International Theatre Festival announces post-Covid return in 2022

The Liverpool International Theatre Festival will finally return to the stage in May 2022.

After some Covid-related postponements, LITF will be back at the historic Astor Theatre in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, May 12-15, 2022.

Festival organizers originally rescheduled the 2020 event to this October, because of the pandemic. But concerned about continued uncertainty around vaccine rollout, travel restrictions, and the safety of our communities, the LITF executive decided to move it to 2022.

The decision comes after consultations with the international theatre troupes originally invited to the 2020 festival, artistic directors Vic Mills and Neil Maidman said.

“There is now real cause for optimism with vaccine rollout picking up pace across North America and Europe that 2022 will be a much better year for all of us in theatre,” Mills says.

“If there are troupes unable to travel for whatever reason, then they will gain an immediate invitation to our following festival, planned for October 2023.”

Troupes from Algeria, Belgium, Virginia, Maryland, Greece, Uganda, Italy, Malawi, Egypt, Morocco, Ontario and the country of Georgia are expected to participate at LITF in May 2022.

“We had a wonderful online meeting with all our international groups and the excitement at finally being able to be together to share theatre in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, next year was palpable,” Mills say.

“We will be back, with stronger bonds than ever!”

The only theatre festival of its kind in eastern Canada, the Liverpool International Theatre Festival was founded to showcase compelling amateur theatre from around the globe. Since its debut in 1992, LITF has brought thousands of artists and theatre lovers to Nova Scotia. Audiences have unique opportunities to offer feedback directly to the performers in morning-after critiques, and to participate in workshops by industry-leading theatre educators.

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