Sunday, May 23, 2010

~The Juliet Club

"There is no world without Verona walls...
Heaven is here, where Juliet lives." ~Shakespeare

The Juliet club is a voluntary association. It has been active for many years, promoting the legend of Romeo and Juliet and the image of Verona, handling Juliet's correspondence and organizing some cultural events.
Juliet's secretaries reply to thousands of letters pouring in from everywhere. They offer advice and support or they just listen to all those who feel the need to talk about love. Juliet's powerful guidance is a bridge spanning over all geographic and cultural distances. ~Write your letter here~.

The Club di Giulietta, our Verona-based organization that answers the thousands of letters addressed each year to Shakespeare´s most romantic heroine, awards the "Cara Giulietta" ("Dear Juliet") prize on Valentine´s Day to the most compelling letters received during the previous year.

The "Dear Juliet" prize recognizes the spontaneity of the writers who turn to Juliet to express their feelings, ask for advice or simply feel closer to this universal symbol of eternal love.

It has now become a famous event that has brought to Verona artists and stars such as Andrea Bocelli, Franco Zeffirelli, Giulietta Masina, Carla Fracci, Leonard Whiting.

The city of Verona celebrates every year, on September 16, the birthday of its famous heroine.

The date is based on the "novella" by Luigi Da Porto (1531), the first writer who told the story of Romeo and Juliet. He was a captain in the service of the Venetian Republic and he claimed that one of his bowmen, named Pellegrino da Verona, told him the true story of two unfortunate young lovers who had lived at the beginning of the 14th century and belonged to two rival families, the Capulets and the Montagues.

His novel inspired a lot of other European writers, until it reached the peak of artistic expression in Shakespeare´s "Romeo and Juliet" (1596).
The "Writing for Love" Literary Prize is an international prize awarded to a book on the theme of love.

The winner is chosen by a jury of experts among a selection of novels about love, published during the previous year.

The prize-awarding ceremony takes place in June at the Accademia di Agricoltura Scienze e Lettere, Via Leoncino 6, Verona