Juliet's House every Sunday 9 - 19
Civic Library, via Cappello (Mo 14-19, Tu-Fri 9-19, Sat 9-14)
Club di Giulietta (dal lunedì al venerdì 10-12, 15-18)
We invite everyone to join the special event dedicated to Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary: the copying by hand of the whole play “Romeo and Juliet”. Ink and quill will be used in the manner of Shakespeare’s time.
Citizens, tourists, students, everyone will be invited to copy, in their own handwriting, a single line of the story, which will symbolize sharing and brotherhood among people, languages and cultures, and will be at the same time a reminder of the message of peace in the last verses of Shakespeare’s work.
The premiere will take place in Verona at Juliet's House on February 14th (the mayor of Verona will write the first verse in presence of “Juliet”). The work of writing will then be continued in the following weeks, line after line, page after page, with the different calligraphies of the participants, until the completion of the whole text both in Italian and in the original English version.
The Civic Library and the Juliet Club will host dedicated writing desks provided with paper, ink and quills, where everyone will be invited to participate in this unique experience. The final manuscript could evocatively recall the original Shakespeare’s one, almost as if the poet himself had been able to write it in occasion of his anniversary and through the living calligraphies of the many writers.
All papers will then be collected and bound in the ancient way composing a precious volume that will be called “Romeo and Juliet, the Verona manuscript”. The book will be presented during an official ceremony on April 23rd 2016, anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and World Book Day UNESCO, and will be exhibit in a meaningful place of Verona.
This idea will then lead to the handwriting of some more plays of Shakespeare and other authors.
Municipality of Verona, Province of Verona, AGSM Verona, Bauli Group, Rana Group, Banca Popolare di Verona, Pelikan, Favini Company, La Kaligrafica, Ancient Bookbinding Barbieri, Typolithography Roma, Photos: Circolo Fotografico Veronese
"Dear Juliet" - Verona February 13th, 2016
Happy Birthday Juliet!
In the first weekend of September on 5th and 6th the city of lovers will celebrate the birth of the beautiful Capulet with lots of singing, letters, and romantic toasting
Every September comes a special day for Verona: the birthday of Juliet, the date of which is taken to be true based on the historical literature research done by Professor Giuseppe Franco Viviani. He based his work on the novella by Luigi da Porto, which describes the story of two tragic Veronese lovers at the time of the Scaliger family that was told long before the words of Shakespeare were published. The words of the novella tell of Juliet’s 18th birthday on the day of Sant’ Eufemia; Viviani consulted astronomical databases and used those to calculate an exact date: September 16, 1284 in the year of Bartolomeo della Scala’s dominion.
The Juliet Club is the Veronese society that organizes the day of celebration in honor of the young Capulet with under the direction of Barbara Vallani and the partecipation of the Compagnia del Gardello, Compagnia del Drago Verde, Ordine delle Lame Scaligere, Arcieri e Balestrieri di Mastino, Gruppo Evocantico, Compagnia delle Due Valli e l’attore Stefano Paiusco and the patronage and the support of the Comune di Verona, Provincia di Verona, Camera di Commercio and AGSM Verona.
The focus of the event is to bring together people from all over the world in the Piazza dei Signori and Cortile del Mercato Vecchio to enjoy the works of numerous artists and artisans set up in the square; it will also be host to many musical and theatrical shows. Guided tours following Juliet’s footsteps through famous sites like her home and tomb are in the program for extra entertainment and enjoyment and the famous balcony scene by Shakespeare. At evening at 21 the Teatro Stabile del Veneto will present the itinerant show "Romeo and Juliet" starting from Juliet's courtyard. At the end we will all enjoy a special toast in honor of Juliet with the Gerardo Cesari fine wines of Verona.
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There is a place in Verona where thousands of letters addressed to Shakespeare’s heroine are kept, answered and filed. The Juliet Club opens its offices to offer a unique experience to those who want to experience a special day dedicated to love and writing.
“There is a place in Verona where people who suffer can leave a message to ask Juliet for help” (from the film “Letters to Juliet”).
The Juliet Club has been handling Juliet’s mail for many years; this unique phenomenon has made Verona the world-wide known “capital of love”. Addressed to “Juliet, Verona” thousands of letters arrive from all over the world and our team of volunteers replies to each and every one of them in the name of the most famous heroine in literature.
The story of the Juliet Letters starts in the 1930’s when Ettore Solimani, the guardian of Juliet’s Tomb, began gathering the first letters people left at the grave and, moved by this phenomenon, he started replying, thus becoming the first “Juliet’s secretary”.
In our technological era, dominated by instant messages that have no time, nor space (text messages, emails, whatsapp, etc.), hand-written letters keep on being the privileged means to express feelings. There are still thousands of people in all countries that take a pen and a sheet of paper in order to write to Juliet. Perhaps we contact a real person by phone or email, while we prefer paper and pen to reach a mythical character.
Thanks to Juliet’s secretaries each letter is read, translated, answered and then kept in our one-of-a-kind archive, that contains thousands of love stories and countless words of love. The Juliet Club now offers a unique opportunity to visitors: the chance to visit its offices, meet the secretaries and literally touch the thousands of letters that arrive by mail from all over the world. It is also possible to become “Juliet for one day” and to reply to some of the original letters kept in this very special office.