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Ireland Is Celebrating W.B. Yeats’ 150th Birthday All Year Long!

It’s common to celebrate literary figures on special days, and sometimes with week-long events. But what about a year?

That’s what Ireland is doing to honor their greatest poet, William Butler Yeats. Over the course of 2015, the nation will be celebrating “Yeats 2015” – a yearlong literary festival in honor of the author. The event was made possible, in part, by a contribution of more than $500,000 from the Irish government.

The reason for the celebration is Yeats’ 150th birthday. Because of that, there will be a total of 150 different events over the course of the year. The slate of events is incredibly diverse, featuring everything from performances of Yeats’ plays to less traditional events, such as contemporary interpretive dance performances based on his poetry. There are also galleries, online materials, and many other special events and resources.

“Yeats’s legacy is rich and in depth, and therefore, must be celebrated in a wide variety of ways,” Yeats 2015 director Olwen Dawe explained to the New York Times. “Yeats was multidisciplinary.”

The multidisciplinary Yeats was a poet, writer, playwright, and politician. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923.

If you’re in Ireland or plan to visit this year, there’s sure to be an event that you can attend! Check out the schedule of events on the Yeats 2015 website.

Main image courtesy of Yeats2015.com