The 21st Gdansk Shakespeare Festival

10 days with Shakespeare
in Gdańsk

28th July – 6th August


28 September 2017

We are very happy to have received warm words from cooperating theatres regarding the EFFE Award we received on September 18th, 2017.

Dear friends in Gdansk. Congratulation with the EFFE price! Great to experience and very inspiring that your enormous and important work for more than two decades now are acknowledge all over Europe. I’m so impressed and proud of you all! Looking forward to seeing you soon. Warm regards and best wishes from all your Danish friends at Hamlet’s Castle in Elsinore.
Kind regards
Lars Romann Engel / CEO & Artistic Director
Shakespeare Festival at Hamlet’s Castle in Elsinore, Denmark

warm wishes
Irina Brook, Shake Nice!, France

First of all, congratulations for the EFFE Prize!
Emil Boroghina
Director al Festivalului International Shakespeare, Craiova, Romania


More about the European EFFE Award

Anna Szynkaruk-Zgirska

19 September 2017

Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival has been the only festival in Poland and one of five in Europe to receive the prestigious EFFE Award. 

EFFE – Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe – is the European Festivals Association’s mark of recognition for Europe’s most exciting arts festivals. The Award Ceremony took place on 18 September 2017 in BOZAR, Brussels.

EFFE is the scheme for the recognition of Europe’s remarkable festivals selected by the European Festivals Association with the support of the European Commission and European Parliament.
An International Jury presided over by Sir Jonathan Mills, composer and former Director of the Edinburgh International Festival, selected 6 of the most trend-setting European festivals from a pool of 715 which were recognised with the EFFE Label in May. The label is eligible to festivals in 39 countries participating in the Creative Europe Programme.

The EFFE Award winners (in alphabetical order) are:
1. Altofest International Contemporary Live Arts Festival, Italy
2. European Film Festival Palic, Serbia
3. FMM Sines – Festival Músicas do Mundo, Portugal
4. Gdansk Shakespeare Festival, Poland
5. Utrecht Early Music Festival, Netherlands

A special Award for its continued reinvention of the arts and festival sector is given to the Edinburgh International Festival, UK.

From the many festivals given the EFFE label, 26 Laureates were announced in July as candidates for the Award. They ranged geographically from the Azores to Kiev, from Cyprus to Estonia and in scope from early music to digital arts. The International Jury’s decision was built on national experts’ advice on applicant festivals from world famous fixtures in the cultural calendar to eclectic events known only to a few.


Anna Szynkaruk-Zgirska


5 August 2017

We are sorry to inform that due to external reasons the ShakespeareOFF performance by Divadlo Kontra theatre “Macbeth” has been cancelled. The performance was supposed to be presented in TwO Windows Theatre today at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Please come to the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre Box Office for tickets refund.

Anna Szynkaruk-Zgirska


27 July 2017

The Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival starts today with “Island” directed by Grzegorz Bral, performed by actors and dancers of the Song of the Goat Theatre. Exclusively in Gdańsk we will see on stage the performance choreographer Iván Pérez Avilés!.

There will be a Q&A meeting after the performance at 8:15 p.m. with the participation of Grzegorz Bral and Iván Pérez Avilés!

The enclosed photos were made during press rehearsal by Dawid Linkowski.

Moreover, at 9pm there will be the first open event of international ESRA conference – with the participation of Grzegorz Bral – “In conversation” debate with Prof. Paul Allain. The event is in English only.

Anna Szynkaruk-Zgirska


25 July 2017

The audience prize will be awarded by holders of 2017 ShakespeareOFF limited season tickets. You may be one of them!

ShakespeareOFF – the alternative element of the Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival continues with its competition formula. Twenty-two theatre companies will participate from Poland, Great Britain, Romania, Slovakia and Belgium. The performances will take place on eight different stages in Gdańsk and Sopot.

The competition productions will be judged by the ShakespeareOFF jury: Jacek Głomb from the Modrzejewska Theatre in Legnica, Romuald Wicza-Pokojski from the Miniatura Theatre in Gdańsk and
theatre critic, Jacek Wakar. A prize will also be awarded by the journalists of the Festival gazette, „Shakespeare Daily”.

Moreover there will be the AUDIENCE PRIZE – awarded by holders of 2017 ShakespeareOFF limited season tickets. The season tickets at 200 zł are available at GTS Box Office, open daily on 13:00 – 20:00.

Anna Szynkaruk-Zgirska