FAMILY DANCE FESTIVAL 2018 COMING TO MILFORD HAVEN
- Free Easter holiday events, featuring four short performances and a chance to dance
- Come and find out what got Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s toes tapping at the recent visit to Wales
- Being performed three times a day in Cardiff, Caernarfon, Newtown, Barry, Llanelli, Milford Haven and Brecon
- Audio Described performances with Touch Tours and taster workshops in both English and Welsh language.
Cardiff-based arts organisations Bombastic and Coreo Cymru, are collaborating on a family dance event which will tour across Wales to eight venues this Easter. Three leading Welsh dance companies, Bombastic, Gary and Pel and Jukebox Collective, plus local dance groups will perform in a jam-packed hour of pop up dance that is fun, funky and fabulous for your festive feet.
Being performed three times a day, the free event is suitable for all ages and includes audio described shows in both Welsh and English with accompanying touch tours plus a chance to dance in a short workshop taking place straight after the show. The second show each day will have a workshop led in the media of Welsh by Cêt Haf, (S4C’s Nansi in Follow M). Full listing details below.
Take the kids and watch their eyes light up as they see amazing dancers twisting & turning, locking & popping, and be inspired to join in and learn a few new moves that you have just seen.
Carole Blade, Creative Producer of Coreo Cymru and mum of two, set up the event during 2017 to increase young people’s access to different forms of dance. Carole Says, "The feedback we received from audiences during our pilot programme, hosted in partnership with National Dance Company Wales, was a true testament that dance can be enjoyed by all, young and old. It inspired us to develop the programme further by presenting at more venues, either in their foyers or outdoor spaces and are delighted to be offering a platform for young dancers to perform alongside the professionals.”
Bombastic Artistic Director, Sean Tuan John, said, “Bombastic are excited and thrilled to be co-hosting the 2nd Family Dance Festival touring around Wales this Easter. Families can expect a one hour programme of diverse, humorous, inter-active and delightfully energetic works that are suitable for the whole family to enjoy. This exciting event is completely free to families, thanks to the support of our partners and touring venues, and you can also get the first chance to see our brand new piece 'wallflowers’.”
The programme organisers including Wales Millennium Centre, Chapter and Memo Arts Centre will host a training event for audio describers linked to an industry seminar as part of their aim to remove barriers and attract a diverse range of audiences to dance.
Dr Louise Fryer, Audio Description expert and the Festival training mentoring, said, “I’m delighted that Bombastic and Coreo Cymru are using audio description to connect blind audiences in Wales with dance. The Family Dance Festival is about everyone having the chance to dance. Now that includes people with a visual impairment, too.”
Nick Capaldi, Chief Executive of Arts Council of Wales said: “These events, bursting with creativity, energy and fun, will give young people all over the country the opportunity to experience some of the best contemporary dance that Wales has to offer.”
Graeme Farrow, Wales Millennium Centre's Artistic and Creative Strategic Director said: “We are excited to welcome the festival back to the Centre to continue introducing new audiences to dance and to expand this year with the inclusion of audio description in both Welsh and English is exciting for all involved.”
TORCH THEATRE, Milford Haven
Fri 6 April @ 12:00 | 14:00 | 16:00
Audio Description @ 14:00 (Welsh) & 16:00 (English) with touch tours 15mins before show.