A big THANK YOU to everyone who came to our Shakespeare Birthday party at the Form & Concept gallery on April 23!
We live-tweeted the event using the #Shakespeare400 hashtag. Thefire hose volume of tweets using this hashtag was so great that it was impossible to read them. Tweets flowed by in Arabic, several Eastern and Asian languages, as well as all the European and Germanic languages. Globally the hashtag trended quite high reaching the top of the list in Sweden according to @SwedenTrending.
Shakespeare's global reach was evident starting with that day's Google Doodle.
The New York Times published a witty obituary - 400 years after the fact but fun indeed. All the places you would expect were tweeting - the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Folger Library, The Globe in London, The various Shakespeare festivals around the world and UNESCO - not necessarily an expected participant n the global celebrations.
April 23 is accepted as both the date William Shakespeare was born and the date that he died. It also happens to be, conveniently, St. George's Day, the patron saint of England. Celebrating the national saint day and a national hero - his birth or death - at the same time displays a certain economy of effort to be sure.
Stay tuned for more information about the projects the ISC announced at our own party.