Free Shakespeare Fan Day

Past Event

Saturday, 23 April 2016 - 10am to 3pm

Join us at the Library as we commemorate the magnificent William Shakespeare! The Library will come alive with roving performers, Morris dancers, as well as craft activities for the kids. The whole family can enjoy our Midsummer inspired fairy grotto or have a go at balloon sword play! 

The Australian Children's Laureate Leigh Hobbs will hold drawing workshops and will be here to sign purchased books.

The stunning Shakespeare Room will be open all day and make sure you head to the Amaze Gallery to view Shakespeare's first collection of works (published in 1623) known as the First Folio along with other extraordinary Shakespeariana from the Library's rich collections. 

All Day Activities:Cartoon character Old Tom dressed as Shakespeare

10:00 – 3:00                                      Craft Activities - Dixson Room

10:00 – 3:00                                      Fairy Grotto - Glasshouse

10:00 – 3:00                                      Pop-up Book Fair - Gallery Room


10:00 – 10:30                                  Balloon Twisting - Macquarie Room

10:30 – 11:15                                    Leigh Hobbs Workshop - Metcalfe Auditorium

10.30 – 11.30                                   Face Painting - Outside the Glasshouse

11:00 – 12:00                                  Balloon Twisting - Macquarie Room

11.30 – 12:00                                   Leigh Hobbs Book Signing - Macquarie Foyer

12:00 – 1:00                                     Face Painting - Outside the Glasshouse

1:00 – 1:45                                        Leigh Hobbs Workshop  - Metcalfe Auditorium

2:30 – 3:30                                       Sonnet Slam - Metcalfe Auditorium (bookings required, click here to book)

6:30 – 8:00                                       Paul Kelly launches Seven Sonnets and a Song (sold out)


Learn more aboutShakespeare image in the Shakespeare 400 State Library ID

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