World stage for Collective Cymru

Frân Wen has been selected as part of a team to take part in a festival that will bring together scientists, technologists, engineers, artists and mathematicians to showcase creativity and innovation on a world stage.

Collective Cymru, led by National Theatre Wales, has been selected to deliver one of the ten UK wide projects for next year’s Festival UK* 2022.

“The festival’s aim is to bring people together and showcase creativity. We are excited by what this will do for the sector in North West Wales and look forward to ensuring that the Welsh language and the voices of young people of North Wales are represented and celebrated as part of this high-profile event,” said Gethin Evans, Frân Wen Artistic Director.

The Wales wide collaboration has been commissioned to take its radically inclusive project into full production.

“This is a golden opportunity for us to share with the world what it means to be young in North Wales today. We believe everyone can learn from young people, artists and communities forging new futures,” added Gethin.

“Our project will be inclusive, fundamentally Welsh at heart and global in its vision. Frân Wen works with and are inspired by the most under-represented and diverse communities and this project can elevate and unleash these voices to help create a more equal and vibrant world.”

The Collective Cymru team represent the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth and Jukebox Collective based in Cardiff to Frân Wen in North West Wales, creative technologists and innovators from Sugar Creative and Clwstwr, a journalist and community organiser, a writer, theatre-makers and artists to representatives from national companies: Disability Arts Cymru, National Theatre Wales and Ffilm Cymru.

Pryderi Ap Rhisiart, independent chairman of the Frân Wen board said: “It’s a privilege to work with a group of remarkable people drawn from across disciplines, experiences and areas of Wales. Together we’re determined to ensure that a national creative project of this scale will represent the people of Wales on a global stage.”

“The Welsh language is a fundamental priority for us and we’ll use this opportunity to celebrate and champion its diversity and ensure that that is a true representation of modern Wales.”

Having gone through the initial R&D stage, the Collective Cymru project will provide much needed boost to creative freelancers, the wider creative sector and to specific locations in Wales that have been hit hard by the pandemic.

Full details of all festival commissions are being kept under wraps to allow the Creative Teams to turn their ideas into reality, but projects will take us from the land, to the sea, to the air and even outer space, using pioneering technology and the power of the imagination. The festival programme will be announced later this year.

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