The Bard hits Gdansk!

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Gdansk is a city with a rich history of multiculturalism stemming back to the Renaissance, when it was not only a port city but the meeting place of various cultures. The International Shakespeare Festival is just one way that tradition is continued today. The festival was first organized in 1993, when it humbly began as "The Shakespearean Days in Gdansk". Since 1997, the "Days" have transformed into a festival, and today it is a full-fledged celebration of the Bard as well as a chance for both foreign and Polish theatre groups to encounter Gdansk, and for Polish audiences to encounter actors from all over the world, including the USA, Germany, Poland, Georgia and Russia.

The goal of the Festival is to present the best, most interesting and original Shakespearean productions prepared by theatres from Poland and abroad, as well as awarding the best Polish interpretation of Shakespeare's drama. The festival will feature multiple performances, and as part of it there will be a special educational programme for the young ones.


The International Shakespeare Festival is organized by the Theatrum Gedanense and takes place annually in August. For more information, please visit our events calendar, or the festival's official website.


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Nice touch but who is going to the Festival?? Most Polish are in the UK having the opportunity to see the plays in their original language in London... Waste of money, if you ask me...

Reply Sep 22nd, 2014