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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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