Launch date: Saturday, January 23, 2016
The year 2016 will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), “Man of the Millennium (Time magazine, 2000). The most translated and performed playwright in the world, Shakespeare continues to live in theatre, literature, music, opera, ballet, art, and popular culture around the world. Translated, appropriated, lauded, confronted, attacked, and sometimes pointedly ignored, Shakespeare is more than an author. His works carry various (often contradictory) meanings in different cultures. As a form of cultural Esperanto – a common “language” shared among many nationalities –, Shakespeare has also become an instantly recognizable “brand.”
Shakespeare 400 will be a wide variety of activities and events at the University of Ottawa, Canada in 2016 subsumed under the general theme of “Shakespeare’s afterlife” — that is, the way in which Shakespeare has influenced, inspired, offended or otherwise affected a wide spectrum of disciplinary fields — and culminating in special events on 23 April, traditionally accepted as both Shakespeare’s birth and death date.
For an overview of the event, see Laura Eggertson’s article Shakespeare, 400 Years On.
We are happy to announce that the Shakespeare400 fundraising initiatives continue to be a success, with proceeds from the “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” Gala launch on January 23, 2016 netting a total of $3,000 for PAL (Performing Arts Lodge Ottawa) and the Multilingual Hamlet reading April 8, 2016 raising $350 for WUSC (World University Service Canada) Student Refugee Program.