This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of British playwright William Shakespeare. To help commemorate one of the world’s greatest dramatists, the Guangzhou International Finance Center, in cooperation with the British Consulate-General Guangzhou and the Guangzhou Opera House is holding an event and exhibition, “Midsummer Night’s Dream -- Shakespeare Exhibition and Dialogue Across Time and Space in Guangzhou,” through July 10 at IFC M zone. The exhibition includes 30 theater photographs, 37 Shakespeare illustrations, and 11 sonnets to enable people to experience a slice of British culture.
The organizer of the event invited four guests to contribute to the program. During the opening ceremony on June 30, Andrew Massey, the deputy consul-general of British Consulate-General Guangzhou, used his English accent to read Shakespeare sonnets. Professor Duncan Lees of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies interpreted the play, “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and the poet, Huang Lihai, explained the characteristics of Shakespearean sonnets. Finally, Jonathan Liu, a book reviewer - shared some history on illustrations in Shakespeare’s works. During their talks, the four had great interaction with the audience, and some audience members also discussed their own understanding of Shakespeare.
“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,” said Shakespeare in "Midsummer Night’s Dream." During this event, let’s travel across time and space to enjoy the world of Shakespeare.
Time: Through July 10
Venue: M Zone, Guangzhou International Finance Center
Address: No. 5, Zhujinag West Road, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District
(By Penny Liu, Louis Berney)