State Library of NSW: Shakespeare 400 Events

The Library is joining the international celebrations to commemorate the life and work of William Shakespeare, marking the 400th anniversary of his death on the 23 April.

As the home of Shakespeare in Australia, the Library will stage a major program to highlight the Bard’s unrivalled cultural significance and how his work continues to inspire today.

Acclaimed Australian singer/storyteller Paul Kelly will headline Shakespeare 400 with the launch of his new Shakespeare-inspired album, Seven Sonnets & A Song, in the Mitchell Library Reading Room on 23 April.

Other highlights include: silent film festival, trivia night, sonnet slam and a free fan day featuring roving performers from Bell Shakespeare, a fairy grotto, drawing workshops with award-winning children’s author Leigh Hobbs, and much more.

View Australia’s only complete set of Shakespeare’s four folios in the AMAZE Gallery throughout April, along with other extraordinary Shakespeariana from the Library’s rich collections.

Visit the stunning Shakespeare Room – arguably one of the most unusual places in Australia – from 18 to 23 April, 10am to 4pm.

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