National Theatre Wales, in partnership with Natural Resources Wales and with support from the National Trust, British Council Wales and Snowdonia National Park, present
1-13 July 2019
Snowdonia National Park
Climate change is the most urgent issue of our times and will affect every single one of us and every generation to come.
Now more than ever we need the arts and culture to help us respond; to provoke and motivate us by offering ideas that challenge our perceptions and influence our behaviours.
Egin was devised to kick-start fresh artistic responses to the topic. Taking creative experimentation as its starting point, Egin sought to inform new practice, imagine possible futures, and inspire sustainable approaches to living.
What was EGIN*?
A two-week residency in response to climate change, held in the northern reaches of Snowdonia National Park, drawing on the inspiring Welsh landscape and its complex social history, together with insight from active local communities.
Recognising that ongoing climate change will necessitate changes in our ways of working and living, the residency included:
- discussions between academics, visiting artists and renowned thinkers in the field of climate change and related issues, encompassing local, national and international perspectives;
- engagement with the local community, to gain insight and understanding into the specific context of North-West Wales;
- the development and testing of new performance ideas in relation to climate change amongst a supportive network of peers, with support, challenge and coaching from our key partners (see below).
The spirit of the residency was one of challenge and imagination, with the support provided by NTW and partners providing a safe environment in which to be creatively experimental.
*The Welsh word egin is a noun meaning buds or shoots.
LAND. MONEY. REBELLION. HOPE.
LAND. MONEY. REBELLION. HOPE.
A series of Climate Conversations
4, 7, 8 & 11 July, 2019
Plas y Brenin – National Outdoor Centre
Capel Curig, Conwy, LL24 0ET
Running alongside Egin, LAND. MONEY. REBELLION. HOPE. was a series of informal curated discussions about some of the most pressing issues relating to climate change.
We invited inspiring people working locally, nationally and internationally to join us and share their thinking in relation to the focus for each evening. Together, we discussed these ideas from our different perspectives and imagined our shared futures.
Facilitated by Lindsey Colbourne.
Watch this space for a bilingual podcast series comprised of some of the discussions from the Climate Conversations, which will be released very soon.
LAND. Thursday 4th July 2019.
With Suzanne Dhaliwal and Aaron Thierry, who discussed rights and relationships to land and explored the challenges ahead, and music from Eve Goodman.
MONEY. Sunday 7th July 2019.
With Rabab Ghazoul and Radha Patel of Gentle/Radical, who explored which ‘resources’ are at our disposal and how we might use these to bring about radical change, and a performance by David Hopewell.
REBELLION. Monday 8th July 2019.
With Asad Rehman, who looked at the power rebellious actions can have when committed to the building of shared visions of the future, and performances from The Marmaladies, Sioned Eleri Roberts and Katherine Betteridge.
HOPE. Thursday 11th July 2019.
With Andrew Simms and Ignasi Torrent, who explored some inspiring examples of urgent and hopeful projects and approaches around the world, and performances from Rob Spaull and Charles Gershom.
National Theatre Wales are hosting Egin in partnership with Natural Resources Wales:
Natural Resources Wales was established in 2013 to care for and advise on the natural environment in Wales and its natural resources. It is the largest Welsh Government sponsored body and has a wide range of roles, including: advising Welsh Government, land owners/managers and the public; regulating industry on environmental matters; designating protected sites and landscapes; and managing 7% of Wales’ land area, including the Welsh Government Woodland Estate, National Nature Reserves, flood defences, visitor centres, recreation facilities and a laboratory. NRW is proud to be leading the way to a better future for Wales by managing the environment and natural resources sustainably.
We thank the following partners for their generous support:
British Council Wales brings the best of international education and arts to Wales and helps Welsh students, teachers, artists and others connect professionally with people around the world. We enrich people’s lives here in Wales and abroad by encouraging and supporting this interplay of ideas, skills and experiences.
The National Trust was founded in 1895 to care for places of historic interest or natural beauty, forever, for everyone. In Wales the charity cares for more than 45,000 hectares of countryside, 157 miles of coastline as well as some of the finest castles and gardens. The Trust is the largest conservation organisation in Europe, supported by five million members, more than 160,000 of whom live in Wales. As a charity it relies on membership subscriptions, gifts and other voluntary support to meet its annual conservation and maintenance costs.
Situated on the west coast of Britain covering 823 square miles of diverse landscapes, Snowdonia National Park is a living working area, home to over 26,000 people. As well as being the largest National Park in Wales, Snowdonia boasts the highest mountain in England and Wales, and the largest natural lake in Wales, as well as a wealth of picturesque villages like Betws y Coed and Beddgelert. Snowdonia is an area steeped in culture and local history, where more than half its population speak Welsh.
Snowdonia attracts thousands of visitors each year who enjoy its amazing landscapes and the wealth of outdoor activities on offer. The National Park Authority’s aims are to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area; promote opportunities to understand and enjoy its special qualities; and to foster the economic and social wellbeing of its communities.
National Trust Images / John Miller