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Celebrating Shakespeare400 with the Global Shakespeare Explorer

Hi everyone, I've just joined the community and this is my first post on the blog!

I've been recently working on a very exciting project which I wanted to share with you, hopefully you'll find it interesting too. This summer is undoubtedly a summer full of Shakespeare as 2016 marks 400 years since the Bard's death. To celebrate Shakespeare400Expedia unveiled an interactive, collaborative map that it hopes will become the definitive guide to Shakespeare's global legacy: the Global Shakespeare Explorer. 

​As my team and I were involved in this project, we are all very excited to see it go live. The map uses three filter layers to show how far Shakespeare's influence has travelled: 
  • His Life: Locations in Stratford-upon-Avon and London
  • His Plays: Locations around the UK, Europe and the Middle East
  • His Legacy: Theatres, events, education centres and monuments around the world

The Global Shakespeare Explorer has also been designed to inspire Shakespeare pilgrimages – not just to Stratford-upon-Avon but also to other events and locations worldwide. Unusual sites featured on the map include: 
  • A recreated Elizabethan theatre on the private estate of a tech entrepreneur in Austin, USA
  • A stage-show that sets Shakespeare's words to jazz (Boston, USA and on tour)
  • A brickwork portrait on the side of a suburban house in Newcastle, UK 
  • A life-size paper models of Shakespeare characters, made by theatre design students in Birmingham, UK
  • The annual Shakespeare festival at Kronborg Castle, the inspiration for Hamlet's Elsinore (Helsingor, Denmark) 
  • Play locations from Bosworth's Field in the UK to the ruins of Ephesus in Turkey 

You'll also find summer Shakespeare festivals all over the world, such as the Free Shakespeare in the Park at Central Park's Delacorte Theater in New York; Bard on the Beach held by the water in Vanier Park in Vancouver; Puppet Shakespeare, a family-friendly event series at Kronborg in Copenhagen and much more. 

It would be great to hear your thoughts on the map!

As this is a collaborative project, please feel free to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about festivals, events, initiatives or organisations promoting Shakespeare's work that you couldn't find on the map but would like to see added.

Looking forward to seeing your comments,

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