This morning, the UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey and Kenyan hip-hop artist Octopizzo were joined by the British Council’s Tony Reilly on Capital FM for the breakfast show to promote the Shakespeare Lives initiative.
Shakespeare Lives is an unprecedented global programme of events and activities celebrating William Shakespeare’s work.
It will run throughout 2016, exploring Shakespeare as a living writer who still speaks for all people and nations.
The British Council and UK-based charity Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) have teamed up for the Shakespeare Lives initiative, celebrating 400 years since the death of the famous British playwright.
The project aims to give real help to children in some of the world’s poorest communities and to raise funds and awareness of their work in education globally. It also hopes to give millions of people in over 140 countries the opportunity to actively participate in an unique digital collaboration as well as experience Shakespeare’s works directly through brand new productions of his plays, film, exhibitions, public readings and educational resources.
The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company are currently in Kenya to continue their delivery of a series of workshop tours, live performances and professional development programmes as part of the initiative. Yesterday, they were preparing with Octopizzo at the British Council.