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The traditional celebration parade, quill ceremony and the National Living Statue Championships will make up the events taking place during the biggest celebration weekend of the year in Stratford-upon-Avon.
This year’s celebrations will feature the traditional elements of the weekend along with the new addition of the Scarecrow Festival and the returning National Living Statue Championships taking place across Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28.
There will also be plenty of free family-friendly workshops and street theatre happening across the town hosted by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Escape Arts.
Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon, Councillor John Bicknell, said: “This year we have a vast range of events on offer across the weekend, as well as the annual Parade and Flag Unfurling Ceremony on Saturday which always draws large crowds intent on celebrating Shakespeare’s Birthday with us here in Stratford-upon-Avon.
“We look forward to welcoming both locals and visitors from around the world to celebrate the bard’s legacy.”
Cllr Christopher Kettle, Chairman of Stratford-on-Avon District Council, added: “Once again it is wonderful to see so many visitors from home and abroad coming to support Stratford-upon-Avon in celebrating the birthday of our great bard. It demonstrates yet again the world-wide appeal of Shakespeare and his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon.
“As an example of that worldwide appeal in this last year the District Council, with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT), travelled to Fuzhou in China in September to witness the signing of an agreement between the City of Fuzhou and the SBT to approve the building of life size copies of both Shakespeare’s Birthplace and New Place as part of the San-Weng development. On the back of that agreement Stratford District Council in November was one of four cities invited to speak to a worldwide audience in Wuhan about Shakespeare.
“This weekend we are also unveiling the Peony Pavilion, a gift from the city of Fuzhou, marking the links between Shakespeare and the Chinese poet Tang Xianzu.”
Here is the full list of activities and events:
At the RSC:
At the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust:
Hosted by Escape Arts:
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