Winona, Minn. (WKBT) -

The 11th Great River Shakespeare Festival celebrated what would be William Shakespeare's 450th Birthday.

The 6-week-long festival brought in artists from all over the country with the goal of reproducing Shakespeare acts as well as educating the public. Over 10,000 people came to see the acts.  

Organizers say it was a great way to celebrate someone who played an important role in literature. 

"It's so important, because you can walk into Hamlet and you can see something that identifies to your life now from words that were written over 400 years ago,” Emily Kurash, spokesperson for the festival, said.

Theater goers can expect more from the Great River Shakespeare Festival next year. Romeo and Juliet and Glass Menagerie were announced for the 2015 season.