From July 26, swissinfo.org will be devoting a special feature to
Switzerland's national hero.
- The legend of William Tell has survived for seven
centuries. It has now entered the internet age. To mark the
bicentenary of Friedrich Schiller's famous play "William Tell", the
multimedia platform of swissinfo/Swiss Radio International explores
the mythical past and present of the celebrated Swiss hero.
Tell's mythical deeds come to life in stories illustrated with
video, pictures and sound in four languages: English, German, French
and Italian. Analysis and commentary shed light on the meaning of the
legend for Switzerland and the world at large.
swissinfo travels to Tell country in the heart of Switzerland, to
visit the setting of the famous apple-shooting scene and to meet the
archer's proud ancestors. Also presented is a selection of video
highlights of Tell as he has been presented on the stage and screen.
2004, the year of Tell
"William Tell" will go online on July 26 at www.swissinfo.org
date has not been chosen at random. It comes just before Swiss
National Day on August 1, and just after the opening of Friedrich
Schiller's play on the Rütli Meadow. (The play is the first ever to
be staged on the spot where the Swiss Confederation was born in
1291.) Produced by the Weimar Theatre, the performance is the first
in a long series of events organised in Switzerland to mark the
play's 200th anniversary.
In the meantime, you can get to know our legendary hero in the
very latest technological format and in four languages, on
or by going directly to
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e-mail address (http://freemail.swissinfo.org
) and an information
service which provides answers to questions about Switzerland by
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