Old World Culture is a trust to promote the performing arts and to enrich & enhance the available cultural options. Hosted several prestigious events ranging from music, dance, films, workshops, theatre, etc. The annual Old World Theatre Festival, now in its 16th 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.

OWC's contribution to reinvigorating Theatre in the city has been constant and praise-worthy. While on the one hand we have presented performances of the best and brightest stars of the theatrical firmament, on the other hand we have served as a nursery that has nurtured budding talent and seeded festivals that are today blazing their own trail in their promotion and support of theatre.

OWC's annual Old World Theatre Festival is today a landmark in the capital's theatre calendar and its unique arm, Collegiate Theatre Festival has over the years grown and matured into a vibrant and quality theatre experience that gives college students a one of a kind opportunity to showcase their talent in front of the who’s who of the industry.

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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