400 years of Shakespeare

With this year being the 400 death anniversary of the legend called Shakespeare, I had thought of doing the weekly feature on him. A quick check revealed that Rashmi’s already shared his works in an earlier post.

If you’ve read her post, you’ll know why we are talking about him again.

Yes, you guessed it right. With April 23rd just round the corner, we’re celebrating his birthday as well as his 400th death anniversary this very week. So, instead of just writing about him or talking about his works, let’s celebrate the life and times of Shakespeare along with Britain and the rest of the world.

Special events are being organised by various organisations and institutions across the world.

UK of course, leads the world, in celebrating the occasion in a grand manner.  The Royal Mint in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company has released a set of £2 commemorative coins. The collection is the first of its kind dedicated to the accomplishments of a single artist, special edition pieces feature three designs – representing the playwright’s comedies, histories and tragedies.
The Royal Mint in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company has released a set of £2 commemorative coins. The collection is the first of its kind dedicated to the accomplishments of a single artist, special edition pieces feature three designs – representing the playwright’s comedies, histories and tragedies.
BBC drama series Doctors is to celebrate the anniversary with a week of episodes inspired by the playwright’s poetry.
A special edition Tube map has been produced in which station names have been replaced with characters, names of plays and modern adaptations of William Shakespeare’s work to mark the 400th anniversary of his death.
Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of the renowned poet and playwright, will be hosting a day-long celebration on April 23rd. Events will include live music, stage fighting workshops and a Blood, Guts and Gore demonstration about stage makeup, ending the event with a grand firework finale.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is hosting  a special event on the theme of  ‘All the world’s a stage’. The banks of the Thames will be lined for 2.5 miles with 37 screens, each showing new footage shot in an international location, such as Cleopatra in Egypt and Hamlet in Denmark.

King’s College London, in coordination with various cultural and educational institutions like The Arden Shakespeare and Royal Shakespeare Company, has organised a series of events and activities including screenings, talk shows, performances and exhibitions. These go on all till May.

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British Council and Great Britain campaign, have jointly organised ‘Shakespeare Lives’ – an year-long programme of events and activities, all across the globe.
In Rome, ‘Shakespeare in Rome’ is an exhibition to pay homage to his genius and the influence he still has over artistic languages through essays and paintings.
Shakespeare Lives Microfestival in Toronto celebrates the impact that Shakespeare’s stories have had on the community through a series of debates, workshops and plays.
In Iran, Tamashagan Institute of Performing Arts will be organising an elaborate event on April 23rd, to commemorate Iranian translators, directors, performing artists and scholars who influenced Iranian literature and dramatic art through their works on Shakespearean masterpieces.
A 3-day symposium in Canada would focus on Shakespeare’s “afterlife” — to examine what functions and roles Shakespeare’s works have played in Canada. Talks would include the influence of his work over the years and the contributions that Canadians have made to understand and/or disseminate his works.
At France, a theatrical performance has been organised for the evening of April 23rd. This exceptional event will be broadcast live on the web.
At UAE, special English classes, photographic exhibitions and science discussions have been organised.
British Council India has organised a 3-day celebration to study the life and times of the Bard. Events include book exhibitions, poetry sessions, performances and a 3 hour long cultural programme titled ‘All The World’s A Stage’.

What are the celebrations planned in your country?  Would you be attending any of them?

 

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