The 400-year anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes is marked in Bucharest with a series of events hosted by the British Council and the Cervantes Institute. Cervantes and Shakespeare are believed to have died within eleven days of each other, in 1616. They are regarded as superlative examples of literary achievement in their own languages.

The Cervantes Week (Semana Cervantina) takes place between April 18th and April 22nd and starts with a screening of Las locuras del Quijote, the first film in a series titled Cervantes visitado. The exhibition Miguel En Cervantes. El Retablo de las maravillas opens April 19th and will feature comics and illustrations by David Rubin and Miguelantxo Prado. Cervantes y la leyenda de Don Quijote will be screened on April 20th while the roundtable titled The Melancholy of Don Quixote. About the Maladies of the Soul in the Golden Age will take place April 21st. A public reading from Don Quixote will take place on April 22nd, from 10:00 to 17:00. The reading is open to the public and 2-minute fragments will be read in both Spanish and Romanian. The film Miguel and William will be screened on April 22nd, starting 19:300, ending the week.

All films screened as part of the event have English subtitles. More information about the events in the Cervantes Week can be found here.

Shakespeare Lives is the series of events taking place from April 18th to April 23rd, celebrating the work of William Shakespeare. It culminates on April 23rd with various events. A reading of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, together with 11 contemporary sonnets, takes place at the British Library, between 14:00 and 16:00. Readings and talks with British poets Anne Stewart, Jeremy Page, Alwyn Marriage, Katherine Gallagher, Maggie Butt, Peter Phillips will take place from 16:00 to 18:00, while a screening of Maxine Peake’s Hamlet takes place from 18:00 to 21:30. This will be followed by screenings of Macbeth and Julius Caesar.

More about the Shakespeare Lives program here.