A whole host of special events in Stratford-upon-Avon is set to draw crowds of thousands of locals as well as UK and international tourists to the area for the festivities on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28.
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The celebration parade and flag unfurling ceremony on the Saturday will see huge crowds line the streets of the town with the weekend of celebrations culminating on the Sunday with Shakespeare’s quill being carried from his birthplace to be placed in the hand of the effigy of the Bard which overlooks his grave at Holy Trinity Church.
Street entertainment is a prominent feature of the celebrations with the National Living Statue Championship returning to the town for 2019, drawing international champions in the art of living statue performance to the region, along with an array of other fun activities and competitions.
Dr Delia Garratt, director of cultural engagement at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said: “Stratford is a global meeting place for people to come together to celebrate the life, times and works of William Shakespeare, and the Birthday Celebrations are the high point of our year. This, of course, is an extra special year as it marks the 250th anniversary of the prominent actor and theatre manager David Garrick’s Shakespeare Jubilee here in Stratford. Held in 1769, it is considered to be the event that established Shakespeare as a playwright and poet of international and enduring significance and started the Shakespeare tourism industry in the town.”
Geraldine Collinge, Director of Events and Exhibitions at the Royal Shakespeare Company, said: “Shakespeare is for everyone, and the annual Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations are a fantastic opportunity for people from all walks of life to engage with the life of history’s most celebrated playwright and poet.
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