Shakespeare’s Celebrations is a partnership between Stratford-upon-Avon Town Council http://www.stratford-tc.gov.uk/ and Stratford on Avon District Council https://www.stratford.gov.uk/ who work together with the other organisations to provide the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations.
The principal parade and flag unfurling ceremony, organised by the Town Council and attended by diplomats, notable visitors, local dignitaries, community groups and school children, is the focal point of the celebrations and takes place on the Saturday nearest to his birth date of 23 April. The 2018 celebrations welcome the start of the Community Carnival Parade, once again organised by the Councils.
Holy Trinity Church is the principal birthday parade’s destination where people in the parade bring flowers to adorn William Shakespeare’s grave. On Sunday 28 April, participants will process to Holy Trinity Church for the Shakespeare service. This memorable annual service features verse and music from members of the current RSC ensemble, the preaching of the Shakespeare Sermon and includes the receiving of the quill. This will be placed in the hand of the effigy overlooking the poet’s grave, by the Head Girl of King Edward VI School.
King Edward VI School in Stratford-upon-Avon is where William Shakespeare received his formal education more than 400 years ago. Each year, since the annual tradition of celebrating
LSD Promotions are a long established Midlands based company that provides quality markets and events. The Councils have worked closely with LSD Promotions, who are providing many additional attractions, including the second ‘National Living Statue Competition’ which is exclusive to
Royal Shakespeare Company actors perform extracts from the current season. The Company also host free activities for the whole family, including storytelling sessions, stage-fighting workshops and the chance to discover how fake scars and bruises are created. Visitors are also able to go on theatre tours, enjoy music in the foyer areas and explore the 36-metre high Theatre Tower.
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust host special events and activities at the Shakespeare Family Homes over the celebratory weekend.
The Shakespeare Birthday Lunch which is hosted and organised by Mr and Mrs Alan
Shakespeare’s England is the official destination management organisation for Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Kenilworth, Royal Leamington Spa and the surrounding towns and villages. And significantly contribute to raising the awareness of the celebrations to the wider community.
Stratford-upon-Avon College works collaboratively to inspire learners to develop their full potential and generate economic success. Students from the college have played an active part in providing practical support and entertainment.
Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival is one of the most significant literary festivals in the UK, attracting thousands of people who share one passion: a love of books, writing and reading. As the birthday celebrations draw to a close, so the Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival begins in earnest and is staged throughout the following fortnight.
Stratforward BID is the conduit between the event organisers and businesses in the town centre.