April 23rd 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death and the UK will celebrate this through a connected series of public performances, programmes, exhibitions and creative activities in London, Stratford-upon-Avon, and many other locations.
While I’m planning a trip to London this September, most celebrations, if not all, will be over by then. As an English major, I feel the obligation to give a few event highlights for all those that’ll make it to the UK during that time. More on that down below.
Of course I’ve also a contribution to this special year in literary history – a Shakespeare/ Bowie mash-up illustration. This illustration is my cover for the upcoming edition of my university’s English literary magazine. My initial idea was to do something on Shakespeare, but when the news broke of David Bowie’s passing, a debate among my fellow editors and I broke out. Some wanted a Bowie tribute, others wanted something more related to literature. So, that’s why I came up with this mash up.
When you think about it, both have more in common than you’d think. Both a British cultural icons. The creative legacy of both will never die. It just felt right to do a mash up.
Shakespearean events in London
World Shakespeare Congress 2016
From July 31st until August 6th 2016, Stratford-upon-Avon and London will host the World Shakespeare Congress. Plenaries, seminars and workshops will feature leading writers, theatre practitioners and critics. Even if you’re not interested in a more scholarly approach to Shakespeare, this congress still might be something for you. Over two years ago, I’ve spoken at a Tolkien congress and can honestly say that attending a congress is very inspiring and exciting. For more info, go and check out the homepage of the World Shakespeare Congress.
The Complete Walk
On April 23rd and 24th 2016, the banks of the Thames will come alive with a series of 37 specially-made short films. The Walk appears to be for free and could be easily incorporated with a visit to the Globe Theatre. Go and check out shakespearesglobe.com for more info!
Will you attend any Shakespeare events this year? Do you have a favourite Shakespeare play? Leave a comment down below!