Release date: Thursday 14 March 2019
NATIONAL THEATRE WALES TO HOST EGIN – A TWO-WEEK RESIDENCY ON CLIMATE CHANGE FOR WELSH & INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS
National Theatre Wales, in partnership with Natural Resources Wales and with support from the National Trust, Snowdonia National Park and British Council Wales, will host a two-week residency for artists in response to climate change this summer. The residency, entitled Egin*, will be held 1-13 July 2019 in the northern reaches of Snowdonia National Park.
As part of its Creative Development programme, the company is inviting applications from adventurous and collaborative Welsh or Wales-based artists from different artistic disciplines and at any stage of their careers to attend and take part in the residency, alongside artists from further afield.
It is hoped that all attending artists will draw inspiration from the local Welsh landscape and its social history, and a programme of discussions exploring international perspectives on the environmental challenges we face.
Announcing Egin, National Theatre Wales’ Head of Creative Development, Simon Coates, said: “Climate change is the most urgent issue of our times and will affect every single one of us and generations 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 aims to do just that; to kick-start fresh artistic responses to the topic, by creating an environment in which Welsh, Wales-based and international artists can spend valuable time developing their work and inspiring each other.”
At the residency, the artists will take part in:
• discussions between academics, visiting artists and renowned thinkers in the field of climate change and related issues, with a local, national and international perspective,
• conversations with the local community to gain insight and understanding into the specific context here in Wales, and
• the development and testing of new performance ideas in relation to climate change, with support and coaching from the project’s key partners.
The deadline for applications is midday on Friday 12 April, and more information on how to apply can be found at nationaltheatrewales.org/ntw-projects/egin. National Theatre Wales are working with its partners at British Council Wales to identify and select the international artists.
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*The Welsh word egin is a noun meaning buds or shoots
For more information about Egin, including how to apply for a place, go to: nationaltheatrewales.org/ntw-projects/egin
National Theatre Wales has been making English-language productions in locations all over Wales, the UK, internationally and online since March 2010. It operates from a small base in Cardiff’s city centre, but works all over the country and beyond, using Wales’ rich and diverse landscape, its towns, cities and villages, its incredible stories and rich talent as its inspiration. National Theatre Wales is supported by the Welsh Government and the Arts Council of Wales.