The State Library recently launched its major Shakespeare 400 program to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death on 23 April 2016.
Here are just some of the events you can take part in:
Celebrate Shakespeare with drinks and nibbles followed by a viewing of two silent films with live music!
- The Life and Death of Richard 111 (1912) 59 Minutes United States
- Bromo and Juliet (1926) 24 Minutes United States
Friday, 15 April 2016 – 5:30pm | Dixson Room, Ground Floor, Mitchell Wing, State Library of New South Wales | General Admission: $30.30 Friends Membership and Concession: $25.30
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Fancy yourself a bit of a Shakespeare expert? Come along and test your knowledge at our trivia night, you may even win a prize! Includes table platters, cash bar available. Tables of 10.
Thursday, 21 April 2016 – 6:00pm | Dixson Room, Ground Floor, State Library of NSW | General Admission: $40 Friends Members: $35
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Join us at the Library as we commemorate the magnificent William Shakespeare! The Library will come alive with roving performers, as well as craft activities for the kids. The whole family can enjoy our Midsummer inspired fairy grotto or have a go at balloon sword play!
The Australian Children’s Laureate Leigh Hobbs will hold drawing workshops and will be here to sign purchased books.
The stunning Shakespeare Room will be open all day and make sure you head to the Amaze Gallery to view Shakespeare’s first collection of works (published in 1623) known as the First Folio along with other extraordinary Elizabethan-inspired objects from the Library’s rich collections.
Saturday, 23 April 2016 – 10:00am | State Library of NSW
Judged by members of the audience, one will be crowned – The 2016 Bard of Sydney. Hear performing writers howl at the ghosts of the Elizabethan era with their own original iambic pentameter. Long before the constraints of 140 characters, there were 14 lines in a b a b / c d c d / e f e f / g g. Celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with freshly brewed sonnets performed live in a poetry slam.
Hosted by Australian Poetry Slam Champion – Phil Wilcox and featuring Shakespeare’s great x 10 grandson Lewis-Alan Trathen*
Saturday, 23 April 2016 – 2:30pm | Metcalfe Auditorium, Ground Floor, State Library of NSW | General Admission: $15 Friends Members: $10 Sign Up To Perform: $10
*not actually related to William Shakespeare
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Having spent the day in the State Library, stay around for Paul Kelly who will launch his new Shakespeare inspired album Seven Sonnets & A Song in the atmospheric Mitchell Reading Room.
The State Library of NSW is offering one lucky person the chance to win an evening in stunning Shakespeare Room for their book club, as part of its major Shakespeare 400 celebration.
To be in the running to win this great prize, one book club member will need to join the Friends of the Library by midnight Saturday 30 April 2016. Runner-up book prizes will be provided courtesy of Penguin Books.
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