If you’ve ever fan­cied trav­el­ling back in time to the golden era of the Re­nais­sance, the cul­tural move­ment that ush­ered in the mod­ern world, this is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity right on your doorstep

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Cel­e­brat­ing what would have been the 450th birth­day of Wil­liam Shake­speare, Aus­tralia’s first ever Re­nais­sance Faire takes over Prat­ten Park at Broad­beach this weekend.

Turn­ing back the hands of time to the century of the Bard him­self, the Faire pre­sents a chance to step back to the golden old age of ad­ven­ture and ro­mance.

Pre­sent­ing a com­bi­na­tion of theatre, mu­sic, dance and arts, the event is themed around the Re­nais­sance – the cul­tural move­ment that saw the rise of the mod­ern world.

Event di­rec­tor David Rus­sell says the Gold Coast Re­nais­sance Faire is a liv­ing theatre that in­vites vis­i­tors to join per­form­ers in the fun and pageantry.

“The Re­nais­sance Faire is an im­mer­sive, the­atri­cal party, with many un­ex­pected hap­pen­ings,” he says.

Rus­sell is a highly re­garded film il­lus­tra­tor who has worked on pro­duc­tions Re­turn of the Jedi, Bat­man, Moulin Rouge, Mas­ter and Com­man­der, The Chron­i­cles of Nar­nia 1 and 3, The Wolver­ine, and more.

He says he’s been “aching” to bring the Re­nais­sance Faire to life for a long time.

“The event serves as a vir­tual ‘time ma­chine’ to the era of Shake­speare, Queen El­iz­a­beth I, the Three Mus­ke­teers, and other 16th-century celebri­ties,” he says. “Above all, how­ever, the Faire is ded­i­cated to the tra­di­tional arts.”

The Faire’s en­ter­tain­ment pro­gram in­cludes short Shake­spearean plays, clas­si­cal mu­sic en­sem­bles Man­dolins in Bris­bane and Early Mu­sic Queens­land, tra­di­tional Ir­ish band Sasta and tra­di­tional Mid­dle-East­ern dance troupe Sa­hara, and Rus­sell says he has dis­cov­ered a rich ta­pes­try of artists be­tween North­ern NSW and Bris­bane.

“The re­sponse has been ter­rific,” he says. “The the­atri­cal and mu­si­cal talent know there is no other av­enue like this.”

With all Faire staff dress­ing up and speak­ing in the lan­guage of the time, vis­i­tors can im­merse them­selves in the ex­pe­ri­ence by wear­ing colourful pe­riod dress.

Rus­sell says a trip to the Faire is like step­ping into a fairy tale pic­ture book.

A spe­cial chil­dren’s grove will of­fer pup­pet shows and games.

The Faire is a non-elec­tronic, cre­ative en­vi­ron­ment which stim­u­lates imag­i­na­tion and in­forms chil­dren about his­tory in an en­ter­tain­ing man­ner.

Per­form­ers Bon­nie Mullins, Jes­sica Palfrey, Anne Ru­bos and Madeleine Maria Lind

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