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Vancouver's 'Bard on the Beach' Shakespeare festival taking the event online once again

Bard on the Beach goes virtual for second year (Courtesy Bard on the Beach)
Summary

It looks like the tents will not be going up at Vanier Park for the second straight summer

Organizers of Vancouver's 'Bard on the Beach' Shakespeare festival are taking the event online again this year

Founder and Artistic Director Christopher Gaze admit it wasn't a decision made lightly

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Another summer tradition is going virtual, due to COVID-19.

Bard on the Beach,’ the annual Shakespeare festival staged at Vancouver’s Vanier Park, will go online for the second straight summer.


Founder and Artistic Director Christopher Gaze admits it wasn’t an easy decision, but he says a filmed presentation is in the works instead.

“Close to one thousand people a night come to Bard on the Beach, so there’s a lot of disappointed people out there that will be sad for a second year.”

He says a filmed presentation of the original play, “Done/Undone” will be commissioned this year.

“It’s all about Shakespeare. It’s about the relevancy of Shakespeare. now, in our world. So it’s very insightful and very entertaining,” Gaze explains.

Gaze says organizers have every intention of staging an in-person festival again in 2022.

“We just have to hold that dream in our hearts, the tents will rise again and Bard will be back.”