Old World Culture was conceived as a Trust to promote the arts and thereby expand and enhance the cultural options available in Delhi NCR. The annual Old World Theatre Festival, now in its 14th year, the Prithvi Theatre Festival and Tribute to the Legends- Music Festival are some of the Old World Culture presentations that have enriched the capital’s cultural landscape in the past.

Profits made by Old World Culture through the year are committed to nurturing the performing arts. One such initiative was funding the YouthReach Apprenticeship Programme- an initiative to give children from various NGOs the opportunity to work under renowned artistes.

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Oct 6 - Oct 15, 2017 | India Habitat Centre


  • Oct 13 | 5:00pm & 7:30pm
  • Stein Auditorium, India Habitat centre

Director : Akarsh Khurana
Theatre Group : D for Drama

Set in the smoking area of a corporate building over the period of a week, a bunch of office employees discuss appraisals, politics, and relationships, all the while dealing with their stress, fears, and insecurities.

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  • Oct 14 | 4:00pm & 8:00pm
  • Stein Auditorium, India Habitat centre

Director : Atul Kumar
Theatre Group : The Company Theatre

We cannot know whose dream this is……….Perhaps Quince dreamt of Titania and Titania imagined lovers while lovers dreamt of Puck and Puck conjured up a donkey. In dreams there are no anchors; images and sounds waft in and out of the mind.

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BANDISH 20-20000HZ

  • Oct 15 | 4: 00pm & 7:30pm
  • Stein Auditorium, India Habitat centre

Writer & Director : Purva Naresh
Theatre Group : Aarambh, Mumbai

In a green room 4 artistes come face to face with each other. Two are yesteryears diva and the other two are young heart throbs of the nation

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  • Oct 14 & 15 | 7:00pm
  • Amphitheatre, India Habitat centre

Director : Divya Jagdale
Theatre Group : Playtrix

Rajat is a writer. His irascible outpourings have been earning him the wrath of the moral police

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Old World Theatre festival

“Recognised as one of the oldest and most prestigious theatre festivals¸ OWTF has been a catalyst that has triggered several new and laudable theatre ventures.” – The Hindu

“The Old World Theatre Festival has an interesting mix of love¸ friendship and laughter in store. This festival¸ has become one of the most important theatre events in the country.” – TOI Crest


Old World collegiate Theatre

" The solidarity and excitation one sees in young theatre people is honestly one of the nicest features of the collegiate theatre¸ and I am so glad to be a part of it. ”
– Theatre critic and academic Keval Arora

" I belong to that tradition of inter·college drama competition. This is where fresh talents are discovered¸ new ideas are harnessed and brilliant actors are moulded. The collegiate section of the drama festival here is no exception and is bound to win over everyone.” – Feroz Abbas Khan



The annual Old World Theatre Festival is today a landmark in the capital's theatre calendar and between that and stand alone plays Old World Culture has hosted plays by directors from Habib Tanvir, Feroz Abbas Khan, Rahul da Cunha,MS Sathyu, Satyadev Dubey, Neelam Mansingh Chaudhary, Prasanna, Makrand Deshpande, Lillete Dubey, Anahita Uberoi, Raell Padamsee, Kunal Roy Kapur, Manav Kaul,Rajat Kapur, Mahesh Dattani, Anup Trevedi, Nandita Das, Mahmood Farouqui, Danish Husain, Ashvin Gidwani, Quasar Thakore Padamsee, Vikram Kapadia, Saurabh Shukla, Kalki Koechlin, Akarsh Khurana, Rajit Kapur, Deepal Doshi among others.

Not just the directors but the actors who have performed under the Old World Culture aegis is a veritable who's who of Indian theatre comprising among others of Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Faroukh Shaikh, Shernaz Patel and more.

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