The British Council commemorates British bard William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death. As part of the commemoration, the institution launched a series of international events - "Shakespeare Lives" - on April 23, which is believed to be the day of his birth and death. The Turkish leg of the commemoration features various cultural activities from stage plays to film screenings, radio programs and digital campaigns. Shakespeare Lives is a unique, global program focusing on the effect of Shakespeare's works on culture, education and the public.
Ankara International Film Festival
The first event of the Turkish leg of the program kicks off at the Ankara International Film Festival with screenings of director Laurence Olivier's 1948 film adaptation of "Hamlet" and the video of Lindsey Turner's 2015 stage production of "Hamlet," starring Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, for Shakespeare lovers in Ankara.
All deaths in Shakespeare's masterpieces on stage
The 17 deaths in Shakespeare's plays will be featured in one stage production. Starring the four clever, funny clowns of Spymonkey, the most extraordinary theater company in the U.K., "The Complete Deaths" comes to Turkey in May just three days after its premiere in the U.K., as part of the 20th Istanbul Theater Festival, featuring professional workshops as well.
'Shakespeare Lives' Film Collection
As part of the Shakespeare Lives series, the British Council supported the production of a number of Shakespeare-inspired films. The Shakespeare Lives Film Collection features film adaptations of "Julius Caesar" and "Romeo and Juliet," and new films are to be added to the series throughout this year.
From English literature to science: Shakespeare is everywhere
Shakespeare-related films will be screened throughout the year in various provinces, while conferences on the British bard and radio programs will be prepared with help from Açık Radyo. The British Council aims to commemorate Shakespeare in different fields with numerous events. Those who want to practice their English and are interested in Shakespeare's works can register for online language and literature courses at https://www.futurelearn.com/partners/british-council. Moreover, you can participate in debates about poisons, medications and elixirs as well as botanical and zoological terms that are used by iconic Shakespearean heroes.
One of the most ambitious, exciting programs taking place as a part of Shakespeare Lives is a digital project titled #PlayYourPart. The British Council called on Shakespeare lovers around the world encouraging them to creatively respond to their favorite part in Shakespeare , enabling Shakespeare to be reinterpreted on digital platforms within the scope of a mass participation project. The project supports educational funding for Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), a prominent international development institution. For further information about the Shakespeare Lives program and events, visit the British Council's official webpage in Turkey: www.britishcouncil.org.tr.