On 10th-11th February European Shakespeare Festivals Network members arrived to Shake Nice festival , which, except from opportunity to see programme, was also an excellent moment for members meeting.
Joanna Sniezko -ESFN Executive Director- welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked Irina Brook, Tess Tracy and the TNN team for their invitation .
Irina Brook introduced the festival in Nice as the majority of members had attended it for very first time as Shake Nice is the youngest ESFN member. The festival is in its third year, and is now establishing a shape and base support within the community, putting much interest in cultural education as a key for audience development.
Participants were very much impressed with educational project „Shakespeare freestyle! initiated by Irina Brook as part of the Shake Nice festival, designed for young people between 12 and 18.Pupils from colleges and lycees in the Alpes-Maritimes were invited with their teacher to immerse themselves in a work of Shakespeare and give their own vision of the play
Also members had oppotunity to see „The Tempest” directed by Irina Brook.
During the meeting many topics were discussed. Our hosts presented some future plans for organizing a much larger festival. Over the course of the weekend, members were particularly excited by and envious of the Shake Foot collaboration between the festival and Nice Football Club.
Members discussed plans and upcoming festivals programmes, that will be very exciting!
Irina Brook, Tess Tracy (Nice), Signe Gammelgaard Kristensen (Helsingor) Tom Bird, Philip Parr (York) Joanna Sniezko (Gdansk) Rainer Wiertz (Neuss) Alexandru Boreanu (Craiova) Helena Miscioscia (Shakespeare’s Globe – London)
Once again huge thanks for Irina Brook and Tess Tracy from Shake Nice! For being such amazing host!