Every three years, Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) organises the Asian Intercultural Conference – an international gathering of theatre professionals, scholars and academics. The 2014 Conference was presented in partnership with The Esplanade – Theatres On The Bay, with the theme “New Intercultural Theatre: Methods, Techniques and Strategies of Making Contemporary Theatre”. The inaugural AIC 2008 (themed “Theatre Today: Seeking New Paradigms”) saw 80 participants from 16 countries engaged in a lively and critical review of contemporary theatre and intercultural work in Asia.
2017 sees the return of AIC, co-presented once again with The Esplanade - Theatres On The Bay.
ITI began as the Theatre Training & Research Programme (TTRP), founded in 2000 by renowned dramatist, Kuo Pao Kun (1939–2002), and the current Director, T. Sasitharan, after a period of research, reflection and preparatory work, including discussions with an international panel of consultants. ITI is inspired by the unique experience of contemporary theatre in Singapore over four decades and, in particular, by Kuo Pao Kun’s artistic vision and multicultural practice.