Shakespeare Festival in Gdansk (Międzynarodowy Festiwal Szekspirowski)
|Country and Region||Poland — Pomorskie|
|Type of Festival||Drama|
|Location of Festival||Gdansk, Pomorskie, Poland|
|Festival Contact Information|
Międzynarodowy Festiwal Szekspirowski
Shakespearean Festival in Gdańsk is organized by Theatrum Gedenense Foundation at the beginning August. The Festival has an important European dimension—presenting a variety of European cultures to the Polish audience, as well as promoting Polish culture abroad. The idea of holding such a Festival in Gdańsk has its roots in the traditions of the city. Since the times of the Renaissance Gdańsk has been one of the greatest urban centers of Central Europe, where citizens of different nationalities, cultures and religions lived in peace and tolerance. Within this atmosphere there have been contributions to the development of the unique character of the city.
Within this context the aim of the Festival is to present the best, most interesting and original Shakespearean productions by theatres from Poland and abroad. Every year the Best Polish Interpretation of Shakespeare’s Drama from the last artistic season is also presented. It is awarded with the Golden Yorick Prize—the traditional annual award of Theatrum Gedanense Executive Board.
|Festival Dates||July 30 - August 7, 2011|
The festival’s history began in 1993, when the Foundation initiated a project called “The Shakespearean Days in Gdańsk”, which was an overview of Shakespearean productions from Poland and abroad. In 1997 “The Days“ had been transformed into the International Shakespeare Festival. It revived the Renaissance tradition of visits from foreign actors to Gdańsk. Today, after over 50 years of isolation Poland and Gdańsk undertake the effort of regaining their place in the European community. Owing to its geographical location—at the cross-roads between East and West, and Scandinavia and Central Europe—Gdańsk can become an important centre of cultural exchange and co-operation in the Baltic Region. Theatrum Gedanense actively strives towards the realization of this idea.