The Shakespeare 400 project, initiated in 2012 and headed by English Professor Irene Makaryk at the Faculty of Arts, came to a successful completion on April 23rd 2016 after more than three-months of celebrating the legacy of William Shakespeare, the most translated and performed playwright in the world.
Over 40 individual events and activities aimed at a broad range of people of all ages were superbly planned and celebrated, most of them taking place on campus and many free of charge. These included an opening Gala with stage and film actors Martha Burns and Paul Gross, a series of 8 lunchtime talks, a 14-week series of Shakespeare on-screen films at the ByTowne Cinema, the reading of Hamlet in over 35 languages, a sonnet competition, a digital and historical exhibition, two concerts, an art exhibit, and a 3-day Shakespeare + Canada symposium ending on the day Shakespeare died.
According to Makaryk, "the aims of the project were to celebrate Shakespeare, have fun, help create a sense of community, and draw the attention of the broader Ottawa-Carleton community to the expertise of our faculty and our excellent programs."
With so much done during this four-year cultural project, Makaryk, very ably assisted by the Department of Theatre's energetic Kathryn Prince, engaged close to one thousand participants, presenters, performers, artists, collaborators and many wonderful volunteers. Professors and students from almost all the departments in Arts, as well as from Social Sciences, Law, and Medicine, all contributed. Everyone who helped can all proudly take a deep breath and say mission and goals accomplished!
For more information on this project, please visit Shakespeare Celebrations.
Article by Aida Stratas.