Globe to Globe

The World Shakespeare Festival launched yesterday in celebration of the bard’s birthday. The festival is part of the London 2012 festival - the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad.

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Globe to Globe

The World Shakespeare Festival launched yesterday in celebration of the Bard’s birthday. The festival forms part of the London 2012 festival, itself the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad, which is taking place in the run-up to the Olympics. The Cultural Olympiad has become the biggest event of its kind in the history of the Olympic and Paralympic games. Over the next six weeks the Globe to Globe season will host all of Shakespeare’s 37 plays performed in 37 different languages. Each show will also integrate traditional cultural arts from the performers’ home nation into the Bard’s stories. The season began yesterday with a Maori version of Troilus and Cressida that incorporated a haka into the performance. The entire festival will consist of over 70 performances, educational programmes and exhibitions in over 20 venues across the UK between April and November 2012.

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Shakespeare: the man, the theatre, the language

  • Follow the festival with a celebration of the Bard; try the Shakespeare collection for a range of the best resources.


  • Teach pupils the haka with this complete lesson including a plan, activities and phonetic translations.


  • Introduction to the homeland of the Maoris - more commonly known now as New Zealand.

London 2012 Games

  • It’s time to get set: delve into Olympic history - from its Ancient Greek origins to the modern games and celebrate the cultures taking part with the London 2012 collection.

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