- Old World collegiate Theatre Festival
" 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
An important and unique initiative of Old World Culture has been its sustained input in nurturing and promoting budding talent with its yearly Collegiate Theatre Festival. The only Festival of its kind, it gives Collegiate level theatre productions a mainstream playing arena and venue and has over the years matured into a vibrant and quality theatre experience.
Mentored since its inception by noted theatre guide and academic Keval Arora, it has had as its Festival mentors theatre practitioners like Barry John, Atul Kumar, Dilip Shankar, Saumyabrata Chaudhary, Sukesh Arora and Neel Chaudhari to name a few.
Aimed at promoting young actors, directors and playwrights, top end productions from across Delhi University are handpicked and invited to participate in this theatrical carnival. It is an eagerly awaited event by all the college Dramatic Societies, being the only mainstream Festival to accord a performance opportunity to College productions from Hindu, Kirori Mal, Hansraj, Indraprastha College For Women, Sri Venkateshwara, Lady Shri Ram, Shri Ram College of Commerce, Gargi etc. and give a chance to young, college-going kids to rub shoulders with seasoned actors who walk in to see their productions, give them feedback and critique their work.
What makes the event special is that it provides a stage to youngsters wherein they showcase their work in a manner that is considerably more enabling and congenial when compared to the ill-equipped environments in which they customarily perform. That its organized as a festival, not a competition, is a novel aspect. With fresh talent, contemporary issues and power-packed performances, the Old World Collegiate Theatre Festival has grown to become a rich part of the OWCs cultural legacy today.