We are thrilled to inform about the new date for the Gdansk Shakespeare Festival in 2020, which could not happen in Summer due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but is planned to take place from 20th to 28th November 2020.
The organisers – Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre and Theatrum Gedanense Foundation are closely monitoring the situation and hope, that with all respect to sanitary restrictions the organisation of the event will be possible in the planned timetable.
The mainstage presentations are compised on theatre productions from Lithuania, Italy, Japan and Poland. There is also a surprise planned – the first Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre own production of the “Tempest”, directed by Szymon Kaczmarek, which will open the Festival.
Moreover a number of ShakespeareOFF strand artistic events will be presented.
The Gdansk Shakespeare Festival has been organised annually since 1997 and has been a laureate of European EFFE Award for the best EU Festivals 2017/2018.
We do believe we should have the opportunity to greet our Festival Audience in the Gdansk Shakespeare Festival this year. See you in the theatre!
ShakespeareOFF 2020 Competition Finalists were selected!
The Secection Board of the ShakespeareOFF 2020 Competition – Jerzy Limon (Artistic Director of Gdansk Shakespeare Festival), Katarzyna Knychalska (ShakespeareOFF Curator 2020) and Joanna Śnieżko-Misterek (Festival Coordinator) – has selected 10 of the 22 projects submitted for presentations at ShakespeareOFF strand which is a part of 24th Gdańsk Shakepseare Festival (on 20-28th November 2020). The selected presentations will compete for the ShakespeareOFF awards.
The following presentations have been selected:
„Aktorzy przyjechali”– Wiesław Cichy i Marek Kocot, Wrocław, Poland
„Burza”– Teatr Makata, Warszawa, Poland
„I come to you River. Ophelia fractured” – Studio Kokyu, Wrocław, Poland
„Mobbing Dick (Shakespeare’s Lovers)” – Caroline Pagani, Italy
„Nazwisko” – Prokopiuk&Kraińska, Bytom, Poland
„OTELLOTONIGHT!” Teatr Przedmieście, Rzeszów, Poland
„OtHello” Parrabbola, Great Britain
„Po Otellu” Teatr Strefa Otwarta (Anna Rakowska i Piotr Misztela), Wrocław, Poland
The abovementioned presentations will be assessed by the ShakespeareOFF Competiton Jury comprised of: Anda Rottenberg, Piotr Cieplak, Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk, appointed by Jerzy Limon, the Director of Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre.
ShakespeareOFF is a festival strand of fringe presentations since 2016 run as a competition. In the last two years it has also been a part of “Shaking the Walls“ project co-financed by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
ShakespeareOFF 2020 Competition deadline is prolonged until 30 July 2020!
Due to the fact that the Gdansk Shakespeare Festival has been postponed this year as the result of Covid-19 pandemic, the ShakespeareOFF Competition dealine has also been prolonged. We are waiting for your artistic event application until 30 July 2020, 15:00 (Warsaw time: CET+1).
The Regulations has also been amended considering the difficulties of Covid-19 situation, and therefore the application do not need to include the video recording of the show, but may take a form of a detailed description of the project/script.
ShakespeareOFF Competition 2020 (for the presentation of artistic events)
The aim of the Competition, established in 2016, is the selection and presentation of the most interesting artistic events based on, or inspired by, the works of William Shakespeare, produced by independent artists from Poland and abroad. The shows selected will be presented as part of the ShakespeareOFF programme at the 24th Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival, and evaluated by the Competition Jury. The total prize fund is 15000 PLN. The application deadline is 31 July 2020. Please apply at: email@example.com.
ShakespeareOFF 2020 is a part of ”Shaking the Walls” project, co-financed as part of European Union’s Creative Europe programme. The aim of the project is the artistic interpretation of walls, divisions, borders – physical or metaphorical – everything that separates people from each other, both individuals, as well as social or ethnic groups, including nations and countries. The topic of ”Shaking the Walls” project is the keynote theme of ShakespeareOFF 2020.
We would like to inform you that due to the current COVID – 19 situation in Poland and the world we are not able to organise the 24th edition of Gdansk Shakespeare Festival as planned, that is from 31st July till 9th August 2020. Considering the safety of our audience as well as artists we are analysing the current situation and changes allowed in our and other countries in terms of travel and event organisation.
We do hope it will be feasible to make the festival happen in the second half of Novemeber 2020, the exact date will be confirmed as soon as it is possible.
We wish you all the best -, keep well and stay safe! We hope to see you in Gdansk in the autumn.
The Gdansk Shakespeare Festival and Theatrum Gedanense Foundation.