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Join the Globe’s Shakespeare and Race Festival online from 21 – 23 August

Published 18 August 2020

Shakespeare’s Globe will be hosting it’s Shakespeare and Race festival for the third year from 21 – 23 August and audiences can get involved with a whole host of online activities that encourage pro-equality.

Originally launched in 2018, the inaugural Shakespeare and Race festival was conceived and curated by the venues very own Professor Farah Karim-Cooper to highlight the importance of race in the consideration of Shakespeare – not only in his time, but more urgently, in our own – and to give a platform to scholars, actors, writers, theatre-makers and educators of colour. This year’s two-day event will see Kobna Holdbrook-Smith and Michelle Terry joining forces with Professor Farah to co-curate the event’s which will be hosted online.

Watch the cast of Romeo and Juliet discuss the impact of Shakespeare’s language, enjoy filmed performances and live discussions from the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

There will also be a 2-part film featuring Ola Ince, Alfred Enoch and Rebekah Murrell, 3 monologues inspired by the change-making women who history has forgotten and a panel discussion about how we talk about history in Britain. It will address where we are now, how we got here and the part we have to play in the next chapter.

Young people aged 8–10 and 11–14 can also get involved in some online anti-racism workshops which give an introduction to anti-racism through the lens of Shakespeare. Led by experienced Globe Education Practitioners, the workshops explore The Tempest and Othello in these engaging online workshops.

There are a number of free events, while others start from £5 per household. events are free and others start from £5.

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