Chennai: Continuing the celebrations of William Shakespeare’s life’s work and his influence on culture, society and education, the British Council under the GREAT campaign, is organising a ‘Shakespeare Mela’ at Deepwoods, Madras Christian College. Designed as part of Shakespeare Lives, a global programme to commemorate the 400th death anniversary of Shakespeare, the Mela will showcase exciting opportunities for people to engage with culture, arts, education and travel opportunities. It will take place within a Shakespeare-themed environment.
Mei-kwei Barker, Director British Council, South India said, “The Mela promises a rich cultural offering – including an opportunity to experience the British Council’s latest digital arts project, Mix The Play, an Indian interpretation of Shakespeare which allows users to sit on the director’s seat and produce a scene from Romeo and Juliet starring Kalki Koechlin and Adil Hussain. Visitors will also be able to see ‘the Complete Walk’, all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in short 10 minute versions produced by The Globe Theatre set in their original locations – from Venice to Verona, from Athens to Elsinore. The Complete Walk is a multi-screen experience.”
“There will also be opportunities for students to find out more about education and learning, library collections, digital offer and activities, and why visiting Britain is the discerning travellers’ choice.”
This Shakespeare Mela has toured 4 cities across the country from Chandigarh, Gujarat, Pune to Kolkata linking up with prestigious festivals on each occasion.