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Week to celebrate influence of Bard
10:00am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
MORE than 1,000 primary schools have registered to join a new national schools and culture campaign to give every child in Britain a great first encounter with Shakespeare.
More than 70 organisations have also joined the campaign to bring Shakespeare’s cultural legacy to life for schools and families across the country.
With six months to go before the first Shakespeare Week from 17-23 March 2014, organiser Shakespeare Birthplace Trust says the initiative could reach three times as many children as expected in its first year.
Shakespeare Week is a new annual calendar event that will unite schools, theatres, galleries, museums, cinemas, libraries, musicians, publishers and historic places in a nationwide celebration of Shakespeare’s cultural and creative influence.
The campaign is organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites in Stratford-upon-Avon, and promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life and times all over the world.
The campaign aims to involve more than three million children and their families and schools in Shakespeare Week by 2018.
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is seeking additional funding and working with organisations across the worlds of education, arts and heritage and politics to make Shakespeare Week an annual fixture in the primary school calendar.
For more information about the event, visit shakespeareweek.
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