The 21st Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival took place from 28th July to 6th August 2017.
The Festival was preceded by a European Shakespeare Research Association biennial conference co-organised by the University of Gdansk and the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre (see more on ESRA2017.eu)
The international Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival
is one of the key events in European theatre, bringing together performances, workshops and meetings with artists from every corner of the world. The Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival showcases today’s most interesting theatrical trends inspired by the works of Shakespeare. Since 1997, it has been taking place annually with the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre (from 2008) and the Theatrum Gedanense Foundation as the main organisers of the event.
So far, festival audiences have had a chance to appreciate nearly 400 plays and artistic events brought to the city by artists representing around 40 countries. Productions by the world’s greatest theatrical directors have been presented, among them: Peter Brook, Luk Perceval, Elizabeth LeCompte, Lew Dodin, Oskaras Koršunovas, Roberto Ciulli, Robert Sturua, Konstantin Bogomolov, Yoshihiro Kurita, Krzysztof Warlikowski, Jan Klata, Eimuntas Nekrošius, Silviu Purcărete, Romeo Castellucci to mention only a few of the most notable. Ever since it launched its activity, the Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival has been an international exchange and discussion platform for theatre admirers and creators.
For many years now, an impressive educational programme within the Shakespeare Summer Academy has been offered to the youth from Poland and abroad. The programme facilitates young people’s interaction with the world’s top class theatre and its creators.
Traditionally, also the ShakespeareOFF stream finds its way to the festival high seas, showcasing the latest quests and trends of the fringe theatre and confronting the achievements of acclaimed artists with those of the beginning ones. The festival organizers have developed ties with cultural organizations around the world through the realization of international joint projects and co-productions. The festival also initiated the idea of the European Shakespeare Festivals Network (ESFN) which was founded in Gdańsk. The Network gathers festivals from Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Spain, Denmark, Armenia and is expanding.