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On April the 16th, Professor Ewan Fernie led a day-long event 'Why Shakespeare Matters - from Bardolatry to Belgrade' to mark the Shakespeare anniversary in Belgrade.

Ewan Fernie presenting in Serbia

He was invited to meet the British Ambassador, Denis Keefe, before lecturing, being interviewed and offering a postgraduate masterclass at the Sava Centre in New Belgrade.  More than 400 people attended.  Fernie said, 'This was an extraordinary experience of cultural openness and friendship.  I was absolutely fascinated by Belgrade and thrilled by the interest of such a wide number of people of all ages in Shakespeare, as well as bigger issues of art, society and politics.'  

Fernie was interviewed for Belgrade broadsheets Politika and Danas, and featured on Serbian television