Caerphilly Castle to host Cultural Olympiad arts festival
Caerphilly Castle is to host an arts festival this summer as part of the Cultural Olympiad.
Awen, a three-day arts festival celebrating the “poetic inspiration” of Caerphilly, will be held between Wednesday July 11 and Friday July 13 from 6.30pm to 9pm.
Taking its name from the Welsh for for ‘(poetic) inspiration’, the festival is one of eight ‘Cauldrons and Furnaces’ events taking place in Cadw buildings.
Clare Williams, the creative events programmer of ‘Cauldrons and Furnaces’, said: “We’re really looking forward to what is set to be an outstanding event – capturing the diverse skills of the young people and the artists who inspire them.
“This project has been three years in the making and artworks created will animate the castle and make the visitor look at Caerphilly Castle in a completely new way. A huge amount of work has gone into this Cauldrons and Furnaces performance and it will be a fantastic opportunity for people to not only come and see their local Cadw heritage site brought to life, but also some brilliant up-and-coming local young talent.”
David Chamberlain of Caerphilly Borough Council’s arts development team, which is delivering the event for ‘Cauldrons and Furnaces’, said: “It’s wonderful to see so many youngsters involved and so inspired by the project. I am extremely proud and excited by the quality and creativity of the work, and even more so that it’s been inspired by our local heritage.
“Caerphilly is delighted to be part of these magnificent Olympic celebrations, it’s a fantastic opportunity for us and all the participants involved.”
Youngsters from St Martin’s School will be taking part in the festival.
Pupil Lewis Reed, 17, said: “Taking part in Cauldrons and Furnaces in Caerphilly Castle makes me part of Welsh history.
“Knowing that I am seeing the same sunrises and sunsets as kings of the Middle-Ages is utterly astonishing. This is a fabulous project and one I’m really proud to be part of.”
Free tickets for Awen are available from Blackwood Miners’ Institute and Caerphilly’s Tourist Information Centre at www.blackwoodminersinstitute.com and www.visitcaerphilly.com.
Alternatively please call 01495 227 206.