NEWS: @WickedUK Flies Back to #Cardiff @TheCentre in 2018

Multi record-breaking UK & Ireland touring production

Returns to Wales Millennium Centre for a strictly limited 4 week run

From Wednesday 31 October to Saturday 24 November 2018

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Wicked, the West End and Broadway musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is delighted to confirm that its spectacular, multi record-breaking and critically acclaimed touring production will return to Wales Millennium Centre in 2018. One of the most successful productions in the venue’s history, Wicked was previously seen by over 90,000 people during its celebrated engagement in March/April 2014.

A truly outstanding production” (South Wales Evening Post), Wicked returns for four weeks only from Wednesday 31 October to Saturday 24 November 2018. Tickets go on public sale on Monday 27 March, and are priced from £20.

wicked-glinda-and-elphaba-a-previous-cast-photo-credit-matt-crockettExecutive Producer Michael McCabe said: “We were overwhelmed by the incredible response from audiences and critics alike when we first brought Wicked to Cardiff for the Welsh premiere in 2014, and it is extraordinary to think that over 90,000 people came and saw us. The whole team at Wales Millennium Centre showed such tremendous enthusiasm and support, and we’re all really delighted to return to this stunning venue.”

Managing Director at Wales Millennium Centre, Mathew Milsom, said: “It is a pleasure to be bringing Wicked back to our stage next year.  One of the smartest modern musicals, Wicked is packed full of show-stoppers, spectacular design, and certainly complements our varied programme for 2018.  It is sure to be a highlight for musical-lovers and we look forward to welcoming the cast and crew back to Wales Millennium Centre.”

Acclaimed as “one of the greatest musicals of our time” (Daily Mail), “a magical mystery tour through the fantasyland of Oz” (London Evening Standard) and “one of the West End’s true modern classics” (Metro), Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students and their extraordinary adventures in Oz, which will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. Based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the stories and characters originally created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked has become a global phenomenon featuring astounding technical wizardry, stunning costumes and show-stopping songs by three-time Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz.

This spectacular production of Wicked, acclaimed by the Northern Echo as “the ultimate Broadway experience for theatre audiences all over the UK”, played a fifteen-city tour of the UK & Ireland from September 2013 – July 2015, winning five-star rave reviews at every venue. It resumed touring in July 2016 to embark on a major international tour including engagements in Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila, Shanghai and Beijing, before a much anticipated return to the UK & Ireland in 2018.

Wicked is already the 17th longest running show in West End theatre history and recently celebrated a decade of performances at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it continues an open-ended run. Around the world, Wicked has now been seen by over 50 million people in 15 countries, and won over 100 major awards.

 Wicked has music and lyrics by multi Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell and Disney’s Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Enchanted) and is based on the acclaimed novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire and adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman. Musical staging is by Tony Award-winner Wayne Cilentoand the production is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello.

Wicked is produced around the world by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK/International Tour) Michael McCabe.

Casting for the 2018 UK & Ireland Tour is to be announced.

WICKED IN NUMBERS

  • WICKED was seen by over 90,000 people in its first visit to Wales Millennium Centre in 2014.
  • By the time this acclaimed production of WICKED returns to Cardiff it will have travelled almost 12 thousand miles (by road, sea and air) since its debut in Manchester on 12 September 2013.
  • Almost 1.5 million theatregoers have seen this production to date.
  • This “thrilling theatrical experience” (Metro) features 350 stunning costumes, 140 wigs, 244 pairs of shoes, 110 hats, 125 pairs of gloves and 30 prosthetic masks.
  • It takes 100 people, both on-stage and behind the scenes, to delivery every single performance of this gigantic touring production that has been acclaimed as “every bit the West End show” (The Public Reviews).

WICKED AROUND THE WORLD

  • WICKED has been seen by over 50 million people across over 100 cities in 15 countries.
  • WICKED is already the 17th longest running show in London theatre history and now one of the top five longest running musicals currently playing in the West End.
  • WICKED recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary in the West End, and has played over 4000 performances at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it continues an open-ended run.
  • WICKED has won over 100 major awards including 3 Tony Awards, 6 Drama Desk Awards, 2 Olivier Audience Awards, 9 WhatsOnStage Awards, an Evening Standard Theatre Award and a Grammy Award.
  • WICKED was also recently named as the ‘Best Theatre Production for Schools’ at the School Travel Awards.

Official website: www.WickedTheMusical.co.uk

Twitter: @WickedUK

Facebook: /WickedUK  |  Instagram: @WickedUK

NEWS: ALVIN AILEY® AMERICAN DANCE THEATER RETURNS TO @TheCentre AS PART OF UK TOUR 2016

ALVIN AILEY® AMERICAN DANCE THEATER RETURNS TO WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE AS PART OF UK TOUR 2016 

TUESDAY 4 & WEDNESDAY 5 OCTOBER 2016

 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the world’s most popular dance companies, will return to the UK for the first time in six years and presents an exhilarating mixed bill of dance at Wales Millennium Centre on Tuesday 4 & Wednesday 5 October during its UK tour 2016. Celebrating the human spirit through the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition, Ailey’s performances, under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Battle, form the perfect edition to the Black History Month line-up taking place across Wales throughout October.

Founded in 1958, the company is recognised by the U.S. Congress as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World.” In almost six decades, Ailey’s artists have performed for over 25 million people in 71 countries on six continents and continue to wow audiences and critics around the world.

Commenting about the Company’s return to the UK, Ailey’s Artistic Director Robert Battle said:I’m proud to continue Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s legacy of extensive international tours with my inaugural visit leading the Company’s extraordinary dancers through the United Kingdom. Presented by Dance Consortium six years after they so successfully last welcomed Ailey, we’ll share a diverse repertory of works including several UK premieres.  I’m excited for audiences old and new to experience the uplifting performances that have inspired people the world over, fulfilling Mr. Ailey’s belief that ‘Dance came from the people and should always be delivered back to the people.

Head of Programming at Wales Millennium Centre, Louise Miles-Crust, said: “After a 6 year absence from the UK, I’m extremely excited Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, one of the world’s most exciting and inspiring modern dance companies, will be performing at the Centre as part of their UK tour.  From British Dance Edition to the Mariinsky Ballet and Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, 2016 has been an exceptional year for dance at the Centre, bringing the very best in national and international dance across a wide range of genres to audiences in Wales. Alvin Ailey, with their fresh, modern style and wide audience appeal, will bring this year’s season of dance at the Centre to a breath-taking conclusion.”

The Wales Millennium Centre programme will include UK premieres by two of today’s most acclaimed choreographers: the uplifting Exodus by hip hop choreographer Rennie Harris; and the spiritual journey of Four Corners by Ronald K. Brown. A company UK premiere, the dreamlike duet After the Rain Pas de Deux by Christopher Wheeldon, will also be performed during the Cardiff evening.

Drawing the programme to a close will be Revelations by Alvin Ailey. The beloved crowd-pleaser, the most widely-seen modern dance work in the world, will be performed by the incomparable Ailey dancers. Revelations premiered in 1960 and continues to bring audiences all around the world to their feet.

The Ailey CARDIFF 2016 programme, which is subject to alteration, will be as follows:

Four Corners / Exodus / After the Rain Pas de Deux / Revelations

UK Premieres

 Exodus (2015) Choreography by Rennie Harris / Music: Original compositions by Raphael Xavier, “A New Deal” by Ost & Kjex. Acclaimed hip-hop choreographer Rennie (Lorenzo) Harris created a work that explores the idea of “exodus” – from one’s ignorance and conformity – as a necessary step toward enlightenment. Set to gospel and house music along with spoken word, the work underscores the crucial role of action and movement in effecting change. Exemplifying his view of hip hop as a “celebration of life”, Exodus marks Harris’ latest invitation to return to spiritual basics and affirm who we are. His previous contributions to the Ailey repertory include Home (2011) and Love Stories (2004), Judith Jamison’s dynamic collaboration with Harris and Robert Battle.

Four Corners (2013) Choreographer: Ronald K. Brown    / Music: Carl Hancock Rux, Yacoub & Various Artists. Four Corners brings to life the vision of four angels standing on the four corners of the earth holding the four winds. Drawing inspiration from the lyrics of Rux’s Lamentations, Four Corners trails 11 dancers as they rise to seek a life of peace on the “mountaintop”; a powerful and hope-filled journey of tribulation, devotion and triumph.

Company UK premiere

After the Rain Pas de Deux (2005 / Ailey Company Premiere 2014) Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon / Music: Arvo Pärt. An instant hit at New York City Ballet in 2005, Christopher Wheeldon’s dreamlike duet – praised for its sublime simplicity and intricate partnering – is revealed in a fresh light as the Ailey dancers make it their own. Set to music by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, the sensual male‐female pas de deux has resonated deeply with audiences and marked the first work by Christopher Wheeldon to enter the Ailey repertory.

Ailey Classic

Revelations (1960) Choreography by Alvin Ailey / Music: Traditional Spirituals. More than just a popular dance work, Revelations has become a cultural treasure, beloved by generations of fans. An American classic acclaimed as a must-see for all, Alvin Ailey’s signature masterpiece is a tribute to his heritage and genius. Using African-American spirituals, the work fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul. Seeing Revelations for the first time or the hundredth can be a transcendent experience, with audiences cheering, singing along and dancing in their seats from the opening notes of the plaintive I Been ’Buked to the rousing Wade in the Water and the triumphant finale, Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham.

 

ALVIN AILEY® AMERICAN DANCE THEATER – UK Tour 2016 – WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF

Tue 4 & Wed 5 October at 7.30pm

Wales Millennium Centre CARDIFF

Tickets: 029 2063 6464 www.wmc.org.uk

NEWS: @TheCentre welcomes its largest exhibition to date #TheWondercrumpWorldRoaldDahl #Cardiff #WMC

Wales Millennium Centre welcomes its largest exhibition to date

The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl

The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl, a magical, interactive experience inspired by the life and works of the world’s most loved storyteller, opens at Wales Millennium Centre on 12 August 2016. Running for 22 weeks until 14 January 2017, this will be the only opportunity to visit the experience outside of London this year.

Featuring fascinating artefacts from the Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, original manuscripts and handwritten letters, a large dash of magic and a sprinkling of mischief, The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl adventures through the secrets of Dahl’s extraordinary life – from Llandaff school-boy to fighter pilot, inventor to historian of chocolate – and dives deep into the realms of this most treasured storyteller’s imagination.

Opening at Southbank Centre earlier this year, the experience has been heralded as ‘magical and mesmerising’ (The Culture Trip), ‘one of THE go-to events of 2016’ (Mumsnet). Wales Millennium Centre is the only venue this unique experience will transfer to this year, making this the only opportunity outside of London to experience it within Roald Dahl 100 – Roald Dahl’s centenary year.

Graeme Farrow, Artistic Director at Wales Millennium Centre, commented: “It’s fantastic to be able to celebrate the world’s greatest storyteller with The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl in Cardiff, the city of his birth. This magical exhibition allows you to explore Dahl’s pure imagination and I have no doubt that Wondercump will inspire hundreds of young minds to go on to create wonderfully imaginative worlds of their own.”

Steve Gardam, Director at the Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre said: “We welcome thousands of people every year to our wonderful little museum in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, where Roald Dahl lived and worked for over 35 years. But Roald Dahl 100 is too big a celebration for just one small village, so we are thrilled to share highlights from our extra-special collection with visitors to the Wondercrump experience in Cardiff, all this summer and through to Christmas. The Roald Dahl archive reveals the writer’s craft behind the magic.”

The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl forms part of Roald Dahl 100, a year of celebration throughout 2016 marking 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl – the world’s number one storyteller.

Coinciding with the experience is Wales Millennium Centre and National Theatre Wales’ City of the Unexpected (17 & 18th September 2016) – also part of Roald Dahl 100 – an extraordinary weekend-long event which will see Cardiff transformed into a city inspired by Dahl’s stories, his limitless imagination and his fondness for all things magical.

School groups visiting the exhibition will also be able to make more of the experience with Dahl inspired workshops covering aspects of the curriculum from language to music, kindly supported by Lloyds Bank. (To make a booking for a school group call the Groups Department on 029 2063 6464 and select option 4).

Wales Millennium Centre fireworks display.

The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl, created by Southbank Centre in association with Wales Millennium Centre, is at Wales Millennium Centre from 12 Aug 2016 – 14 Jan 2017, making it the longest running exhibition to take place at the Centre to date. Age Guidance: 7 – 107 year olds. Tickets £8 advance booking / £11 on the day. (This is a guided, group experience and there must be a minimum of 1 adult for every 3 children.) For more information or to book, call 029 2063 6464 or visit www.wmc.org.uk.

NEWS: @TheCentre and @omidaze to stage all-female Henry VI in the Centre’s roof void

Wales Millennium Centre and Omidaze Productions to stage all-female Henry VI in the Centre’s roof void

Building on the success of last year’s groundbreaking all-female production of Shakespeare’s Richard III, Wales Millennium Centre and Omidaze Productions are once again joining forces to co-produce an all-female version of Henry VI, 1- 20 Feb 2016. Staged in Wales Millennium Centre’s roof void and starring Cardiff born Casualty star, Suzanne Packer, this exciting promenade performance, featuring breathtaking displays of aerial circus skills, explores notions of power, leadership, trust and conflict while challenging preconceived ideas about how and where Shakespeare should be staged.

Living, as we are, at a time where issues of violence, power struggle and conflict arise daily on the news, Shakespeare’s Henry VI – set during the War of the Roses – raises questions which are as relevant today as 400 years ago: How do we resolve our conflicts? How do we react to upheaval? What messages are we sending out to our children and future generations about how we respond to threat?
Performed in the Centre’s exciting and unconventional theatre space – the roof void – this all-female production promises to offer a unique and memorable audience experience, shedding a new light and perspective on Shakespeare’s work and engaging new audiences.

Challenging conventions by casting women for every role, this Omidaze Productions and Wales Millennium Centre co-production seeks to raise awareness around employment equality for women in an industry where less than 30% of the creative talent is female, even though women make up 68% of theatre audiences.
Pushing boundaries even further, Henry VI is to be played by actor and aerial artist, Hannah O’Leary, adding a new dimension to the role through the incorporation of aerial circus performance – choreographed by Paul Evans (Flying Diplodocus and Crashmat Collective).

Also starring in the show is Cardiff born Suzanne Packer, best known for her role as Tess Bateman in Casualty. Commenting on the importance of engaging new audiences in Shakespeare through original and dynamic productions she said: “The more people that can be made to feel comfortable with the national treasure that is Shakespeare the better.”

Other Welsh performers starring alongside Suzanne include Sioned Jones, Louise Collins, Hannah O’Leary, Alice White, Polly Kilpatrick, Lizzie Winkler and Shala Nyx.
Director of Henvy VI, Yvonne Murphy, has said: “I am absolutely delighted to be back and to have been given this amazing opportunity to create the prequel to last year’s Richard III alongside a ground-breaking audience engagement project. Omidaze was founded with the express purpose of using theatre to empower, inform, entertain new audiences, shake stuff up and inspire change. I believe passionately that access to arts and culture is a fundamental right of every British citizen and that the arts and Culture belong to everyone as do our cultural buildings. Who is Shakespeare for anyway and how, why and where should it and can it be staged? If this production helps one more person feel like they have a right to theatre, Shakespeare and the arts generally, opens a door to Shakespeare for just a few more people and shifts perspective just a little around gender stereotyping and inequality then we have succeeded.”20151231_204536330_iOS

Artistic Director at Wales Millennium Centre, Graeme Farrow, commented: “After the incredible success of Richard III last year, I’m very pleased the Centre is once again working with Omidaze Productions on a second all-female Shakespeare production. Exciting for so many reasons, the production not only raises awareness of the need for increased roles for women in theatre, but also challenges preconceptions about how Shakespeare should be performed and who it can appeal to. Our roof-void certainly proved itself as an exciting and atmospheric performance space when it was first used for the staging of Richard III, and I have no doubt it will shine again for this inspiring play.”

Henry VI forms part of WOW Caerdydd 2016.

Henry VI is at Wales Millennium Centre 1 Feb – 20 Feb 2016. Matinee performances available. Age guidance 9+. For more information and to book tickets visit www.wmc.org.uk or call the ticket office on 02920 636464.

 

 

NEWS: @TheCentre to host Black History Month finale @BHMWales #BHM2015

Wales Millennium Centre to host Black History Month finale

For the seventh year running, Wales Millennium Centre is proud to host the Black History Month Finale on 24 October in partnership with Black History Association Wales. The free, day-long music and dance showcase will celebrate the African Diaspora culture and its contributions to Wales and beyond.

Continuing the theme for this year’s Black History Month, ‘Great Black Women, Past & Present’, the finale will celebrate the bold, brave and successful black women throughout history with a day of free performances, exhibitions, food, dance and laughter. Highlights from the year’s finale include:

  • Showcase featuring portraits sketched by Welsh artist Chris Baker of three inspirational Black Women in Wales; Vernester Cyril OBE (celebrated for her work in the field of Race Equality and Midwifery), Charlotte Williams OBE (established academic, social commentator and acclaimed author of Welsh/ Guyanese heritage and Betty Campbell MBE.
  • Celebrated Tiger Bay performer Li Harding will be playing a special programme paying tribute to the great black lady singers of jazz, blues, soul, gospel, rhythm and blues; including Dinah Washington, Ruth Brown, Dakota Staton, Big Mama Thorton, Wynona Carr, Sister Rossetta Tharpe and Shirley Bassey.
  • BBC Young Dancer Hip Hop finalist, Sharifa Tomkin, will be performing a solo act with Jukebox Collective.
  • Local Caribbean chef, Geraldine Trotman, will be preparing her popular Caribbean menu for the third year running, offering dishes including jerk chicken, curry goat and salt fish and ackee.
  • Family activity includes a drum making workshop and a printing and textiles workshop.

On Saturday 17 October, Wales Millennium Centre will also be hosting Black Women, Black Heritage. Compered by the remarkable Uzo Iwobi, O.B.E (Chief Executive Officer at Race Council Cymru), the afternoon will offer a unique line up from jazz to storytelling, showcasing the traditional roles of African women. A highlight of the day, the Place of Victory Church will perform, through dance and storytelling, a traditional Nigerian Wedding, demonstrating the role of the mother in preparing her daughter to be a bride.

The origins of Black History Month stretch back to 1926 when Carter G Woodson established African Caribbean celebrations in America. Black History Month in the UK, which is celebrated in October, has now grown to over 6000 events that recognise the contributions and achievements of Black people to British society. In Wales, the family origins of many black residents link to a number of key ports and in particular Cardiff, Newport, Barry and Swansea Docks, which were once bustling coal ports. The sea brought people from all over the world; wherever coal ships plied their trade. BHM Wales aims to capture and share the contributions of African Diaspora people as part of our shared history, through a wide range of creative activity for people of all ages.

Hannah Wynn Jones, Community Engagement Manager at Wales Millennium Centre has said: “The Black History Month finale is one of the Centre’s most treasured festivals. We’re thrilled to welcome such a vibrant and important event back to the Centre and continue to hold dear our relationship with the Black History Month Wales Association.  What more can you ask of a festival; great music, great people, great food and all free!”

Follow @BHMWales #BHM2015 and like at Facebook.com/BHMWales

NEWS: @TheCentre bringing #CardiffBay to life #Awen2015

Wales Millennium Centre to bring Cardiff Bay to life in breath-taking display, drawing inspiration from across Wales

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Last night visitors to the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff were treated to a stunning fireworks display

A year in the planning and over 8 months in the making, Wales Millennium Centre presents, Ar Waith Ar Daith, a Welsh journey of myth and magic – a spectacular highlight of their tenth anniversary programme created by world renowned outdoor arts company Walk the Plank. Taking place on an immense scale in Roald Dahl Plass on 12 September 2015, Ar Waith Ar Daith will present a breath-taking display of procession, dance, aerial artistry, projection, storytelling, music and pyrotechnics.

Follow the journey on #Awen2015

www.arwaithardaith.com

Free to attend and suitable for all the family, this unforgettable event – the largest outdoor production to take place in Wales this year – will bring together over 700 participants from across the country

Lured by the magical powers of Ceridwen the enchantress, a flotilla of boats from the Welsh Sea Rowing Association – some from as far away as Porthmadog – will complete their odyssey in Cardiff Bay, joining children and young people from Caernarfon, Mid Wales and the Valleys. The role of Ceridwen will be performed by the incredible Shân Cothi and will feature a new choral composition from Bafta award-winning composer John Rea, performed by Sinfonia Cymru and featuring spoken word performance from school children from Cardiff and Harlech.

With the age-old tale of the birth of Taliesin at its heart, this incredible performance will see Wales Millennium Centre itself transformed through collective imagination as Ceridwen works her magic, mixing the poetic inspiration, the Awen, of contemporary Wales with the talents of dancers, musicians and singers.

Graeme Farrow, Artistic Director at Wales Millennium Centre comments: Ar Waith Ar Daith far exceeds anything, by way of scale, that we have ever commissioned here at Wales Millennium the Centre. It has been fantastic to work with outdoor arts experts, Walk the Plank throughout the year-long planning and creation process. One of our key ambitions here at Wales Millennium Centre is to inspire the whole of Wales and to facilitate the burgeoning creativity of our nation. Ar Waith Ar Daith has embraced this fully, working closely with Welsh artists and communities and expertly weaving this creativity and inspiration into the finale performance. I am extremely excited for September 12 for what will no doubt remain a landmark event in the Centre’s history for decades to come.’

Over the past six months, the creative team involved in the event have been gathering gifts from across Wales – paying tribute to the riches of the seas around North Wales, the mineral wealth of South Wales, and capturing stories and inspiration from across the land – through a series of outdoor arts training schools offered to Welsh creative practitioners. These gifts will form an integral and visually stunning element of the performance.

The Ar Waith Ar Daith event will take place in Roald Dahl Plass on Saturday 12 September at 7.30pm. Audiences are advised to arrive early to secure a good vantage position to watch the show, and to dress appropriately for an outdoor show.  The event is free to attend and suitable for all ages.

Find out more about Ar Waith Ar Daith at www.arwaithardaith.com, via the Ar Waith Ar Daith Facebook event page and on the hashtag #awen2015

Ar Waith Ar Daith is made possible by the kind support of Lloyds Bank, principal sponsors of Wales Millennium Centre’s 10th anniversary.

NEWS: @TheCentre Wales Millennium Centre’s bus trip around Wales

Wales Millennium Centre’s bus takes a journey around Wales and asks Welsh artists

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Wales Millennium Centre takes to the road this summer asking artists in Wales “What’s your inspiration?”

As part of Ar Waith Ar Daith, a Welsh journey of myth and magic, the Awen Bus tour begins its four week journey around Wales before the final stop, the big finale outside the Centre on Saturday 12 September 2015. The journey started on August 7 at the National Eisteddfod in Meifod. The team on the Awen Bus – which is fully equipped with a stage and recording equipment – will be filming a wide range of creative responses, capturing the inspiration behind Welsh artists.  These responses will then be beamed into the ‘Cauldron of Inspiration’ which can be found in the foyer of Wales Millennium Centre until September 12.

The artistic odyssey around Wales, conceived by outdoors arts experts Walk the Plank with digital producers Native HQ, will then move on to Wrexham and Mold before embarking on an exciting journey of inspiration on a tour of artists in local communities across Wales throughout August and early September.

You can watch the encounters by peering into the Cauldron of Inspiration in the foyer of Wales Millennium Centre, or follow the journey online at www.arwarithardaith.com and on the hashtag #Awen2015.

The Awen Bus journey ends on 12 September at 7:30pm outside Wales Millennium Centre with the Ar Waith Ar Daith finale – a large scale, outdoor spectacular featuring procession, dance, projection, storytelling, music, pyrotechnics and over 600 participants. For more information on the finale event visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1478998532412127/

The Awen Bus Tour of Wales

  • 1 Aug – 8 Aug National Eisteddfod, Meifod
  • 10 August: Wrexham (morning) and Mold (afternoon)
  • 11th August – Mold (morning), Llandudno (afternoon)
  • 12 August – Aberdyfi (morning), Machynlleth (afternoon)
  • 13 August – Newtown (morning), Aberystwyth (afternoon)
  • 15 August – Cardigan
  • 16 August – Narberth
  • 18 August – Carmarthen
  • 19 August – Swansea
  • 20 August – Cilgerran
  • 21-22 August – Green Man Festival, Crickhowell
  • 25 August – Abergavenny (morning), Ebbw Vale (afternoon)
  • 26 August – Merthyr
  • 27 August – Aberdare (morning), Pontypridd (afternoon)
  • 28 August – Penarth
  • 29 August – Cardiff
  • 31 August – Butetown Carnival, Cardiff
  • 1 September – Penybont (morning), Porthmadog (afternoon)
  • 2 September – Porthmadog (morning), Bangor (afternoon)
  • 3 September – Llŷn Peninsula
  • 4 September – Caernarfon
  • 5 September – Portmeirion