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myShakespeare is a new social platform that invites people from around the world to share their thoughts and experiences of Shakespeare and his work and asks the question ‘How do we interpret Shakespeare today?’.

The project provides a 21st century lens into the world of Shakespeare online by drawing on references to Shakespeare’s plays across three key digital platforms – Twitter (social), Flickr (visual) and eBay (commercial). It’s free to access and you can create your own unique searches, based on a particular moment in time, and share your personal data visualisations through Facebook and Twitter.

Comedian Tim Minchin, was the first to join the conversation, describing in his light-hearted introduction to the site how the 447-year old writer changed his life.

As part of the project, artists from across the world have been commissioned to create new work inspired by Shakespeare. The first commission on the site was rapper, poet and playwright, Kate Tempest, with her new poem, My Shakespeare.

The social platform also includes blogs from a wide range of collaborators and commentators to provoke debate and stimulate the conversation as well as searches completed by Festival artists from Brazil, Tunisia, Russia, Iraq and around the UK.

With thousands of people taking part throughout the Festival, myShakespeare will explore Shakespeare’s influence on everything from culture, sport and entertainment to education, politics and economics.

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Thousands of children across the UK made animation history by taking part in the Tate Movie Project and creating the world’s first animation film made by and for children.

Through a unique interactive website, workshops in galleries across the country and a Tate Movie road show, over 34,000 children have taken part in the project. Children provided everything from the film’s hand-drawn characters to sound effects and the plot. The resulting film, ‘The Itch of the Golden Nit’, set a new Guinness World Record for the most individual contributions to an animated film (with 1,897 entries) and the project won a BAFTA in the ‘Interactive’ category of the 2011 British Academy Children’s Awards.

A surreal and spectacular adventure, ‘The Itch of the Golden Nit’ follows 11-year-old hero Beanie on his mission to save his parents from Evil Stella and to return the Golden Nit to its rightful place at the heart of the sun, thereby saving the universe. David Walliams, Miranda Hart, Catherine Tate and Rik Mayall were amongst the cream of British comedy who voiced the characters.

The film was launched in June 2011 with a red carpet premier in Leicester Square. It was broadcast on BBC2 and CBBC, and showcased in an exhibition at Tate Modern. The celebrations continued over the summer with screenings at Vue cinemas around the country, and at a special Tate Movie Project event in Trafalgar Square to celebrate London 2012 Open Weekend supported by BP, attended by over 12,000 people.

The project is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and is funded by Legacy Trust UK and BP, with additional support and resources from the BBC. The film was brought together by Tate and the creative magic of Aardman Animations.

Over 150,000 drawings, animations and story ideas have been submitted to the Tate Movie Project, and throughout 2012 children can take part in a new set of art and film-making challenges by visiting the project website

‘The Itch of the Golden Nit’ will be screened as part of the London 2012 Festival. Scheduling details will be published in our Events section once confirmed.

The BP Summer Big Screens bring world-class productions of opera and ballet to screens across the UK, beamed live from The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. BP has supported the Big Screen live relays since 2000 and this year the series features two London 2012 Festival productions: The Royal Opera’s Falstaff and The Royal Ballet’s Metamorphosis: Titian 2012

The BP Summer Big Screens are the perfect way to introduce friends and family to the Royal Opera House and to world-class opera ballet. Come early to get a good spot and relax into the festival feel. Featuring exclusive backstage films, competitions and live interaction, these screenings bring the very best performances live to your home town absolutely free!

Falstaff – The Royal Opera
Wednesday 30 May, LIVE at 7.30pm
Presented by Deborah Bull and Zeb Soanes.
Verdi’s scintillating Shakespearian comedy starring Ambrogio Maestri in the title role is a feast of romance, intrigue and comic confusion. This lavish and exciting new production is set to captivate BP Summer Big Screen audiences all over the UK. Conductor Daniele Gatti is sure to bring an authentic Italian sparkle to a joyful work performed here as part of the World Shakespeare Festival, which is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company for London 2012 Festival.

Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 – The Royal Ballet
Monday 16 July, LIVE at 7.30pm
Presented by Deborah Bull and Zeb Soanes.

Seven choreographers work together to create a single evening of exciting  dance with new scores from British composers and stage designs from leading contemporary artists. It is the kind of choreographic event that happens once in a lifetime. Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 is part of the London 2012 Festival, and inspired by three of Renaissance master Titian’s paintings on display at the National Gallery. This extraordinary event features the combined talents of Chris Ofili, Conrad Shawcross, Mark Wallinger, Kim Brandstrup, Alastair Marriott, Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett, Will Tuckett, Jonathan Watkins, Christopher Wheeldon, Jonathan Dove, Nico Muhly, Mark-Anthony Turnage and The Royal Ballet.

For more information and screening locations, see the Royal Opera Houses’ website