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Reflecting on Shakespeare four centuries after his passing

CGTN | Updated: 2023-04-19 14:48
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Wearing masks of the "Bard of Avon," members of the public prepare for the parade marking the 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, in Stratford-upon-Avon in central England on April 23, 2016.[Photo/CGTN]

World Book and Copyright Day celebrations take place globally on April 23 to promote the fun of reading and serve as a reminder that books connect us with our shared history.

"Books are vital vehicles to access, transmit and promote education, science, culture and information worldwide," said Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO.

If we make a list of the most influential English-language writers of all time, William Shakespeare would be in anyone's top ten. His works have influenced people all over the world for 400 years.

Early in 2016, when events marking 400 years since Shakespeare's death were held in his birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon in England, Chinese fans and actors even performed at the scene to show their respect and love for the great playwright.

People watch a performance of excerpts of a Shakespeare play in the grounds of the birthplace of William Shakespeare during events marking 400 years since the bard's death in Stratford-upon-Avon in central England on April 23, 2016.[Photo/CGTN]

During the celebrations, the town hosted a parade in tribute and people donned masks of the "Bard of Avon." Shakespeare bridged cultures through his works, which is similar to the aim of World Book and Copyright Day.

This date was a natural choice for UNESCO's General Conference in 1995, which promoted universal access to books. Coincidentally, April 23 is also the date when Shakespeare passed away.

Chinese actors pose and perform in the gardens of author William Shakespeare's birthplace during events to mark 400 years since Shakespeare's death, in Stratford-upon-Avon in central England on April 23, 2016. [Photo/CGTN]
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