Prepares for Centennial
The official centennial for the Bangalore World University campus at Edinburgh
may be just under a year away, but preparations are already in full swing.
Its more than a wee bit of responsibility, you see, says Master
William King. The New York people pulled off their celebration famously
just back in 2140, so theres a bit of pressure on us to surpass their efforts.
Id say, in that, were well on the way.
The centerpiece to the whole affair is the Edinburgh International Festival. In
honor of the BWUs long-running sponsorship, festival promoters will attempt
something that the world has never seen: theyre going to produce every one
of Shakespeares plays back to back to back, from Henry VI, Part I to The
Tempest. (Henry VIII shows a wee bit too much Beaumont and Fletcher for
our taste. Better to end where the master meant toWhat a brave new
world, that hath such people in it.)
Tickets for the entire run of events are to go on sale to the general public on
December 1, 2142. The plays themselves will begin in August of 2143, ending with
a Winters Tale/Tempest marathon on September 1.
Simply put, says Master King, if youre a fan of the arts,
there will be no better place to experience them this decade. In addition to the
Shakespeare event, well be hosting the Wagners Ring cycle, the complete
ballets of Suk Lee, a reading of Tu Fu with accompaniment from the Newcastle Gamelan
Experience, and a host of other performances. Plus, the John Knox Gallery will
be hosting our smash exhibition, For 1 to N: Do 100 years of Artificial
Art. Im dead chuffed about the whole thing.
Alumni Association membersmeaning each and every graduate of BWUand
past donors to the Edinburgh International Festival have an early crack at the
tickets, starting November 1 of this year.
Student ticket packages go on sale at the same time. These packages are sold to
students at half the normal price. Students may also receive free admission to
the entire festival in return for volunteering for as little as 24 hours over
the course of the month-long celebration.