If it’s been quite a while since you visited UK, perhaps the spring and summer of 2012 would be the perfect time to pay a visit: the Olympics, the Paralympic Games and the the biggest treat of them all (yes, I am proudly biased): the World Shakespeare Festival. It is a most thrilling well-designed multitude of events organized in London, Stratford-upon-Avon (I’m sure you’ve guessed these two), Edinburgh, Birmingham, Bridgend, Brighton, Newcastle / Gateshead and Brighton from April through September 2012.
Browsing the Festival Guide will make everyone wish they had special powers (and earn more money than mortal teachers do) so that they could attend each performance, exhibition, conference, educational event, all over again and again.
One of the highlights of the Festival is Globe To Globe (23 April – 3 June 2012):
In an event of unprecedented ambition, all of Shakespeare’s plays will be performed, each in a different language, each by a different international company.
Every day for six weeks, national theatres, renowned artists and new young companies will celebrate performing Shakespeare in their own language, within the architecture Shakespeare wrote for.
As a consolation, everybody has a chance to participate online within the My Shakespeare project, to be launched in January 2012.
What does Shakespeare mean to you? Based on an interactive map of the world we will be asking people all over the globe to build a living tapestry of the connections we make to the work of William Shakespeare.
WIKI SHAKESPEARE: A WORLDWIDE CLASSROOM Find out where, how and why Shakespeare is taught in classrooms around the world and add your own knowledge and experiences as a teacher or as a student.
50% of the world’s school children study Shakespeare.
Hopefully some of the teachers from Serbia will also be able to attend the Worlds Together international conference scheduled for 6-8 September 2012 and explore ‘the value of the arts in young people’s lives from Shakespeare to the digital realm’.
(And NO! – I shall be strong and resist inserting at the end any personal favourite quotation by the Bard.)