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Pererin Wyf – new arts project launch!

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Pererin Wyf - new arts project launch!

Pererin Wyf / Is oilithreach mé / I am a Pilgrim: Sounding the way back through story and song

is a new cross border participatory arts project connecting the Welsh and Irish diasporas of North Pembrokeshire and North Wexford launching this Autumn.

The Pererin Wyf project will be delivered by artist Rowan O’Neill and Pembrokeshire based community arts organisation SPAN Arts, working in tandem with co-facilitators, Irish artists Rachel Uí Fhaoláin from Ceol Mo Chroí and John Ó Faoláin from Traditional Archive Channel.

 Pererin Wyf is Welsh for the affirmative statement, ‘I am a pilgrim’ and is the title of an 18th century hymn written by prolific hymn writer, William Williams Pantycelyn from which this project takes its inspiration.  The hymn later became associated with the tune Amazing Grace and was popularised in the 1960s with a recording by Iris Williams.

The Pererin Wyf  project will invite singers from all over the world to record a version of this song in any language from the location of their choice.  Recordings will be pinned to a digital map to form a global chorus of this enduring song.  Project participants will also have the chance to offer their personal reflections and connections to North Pembrokeshire and Wexford whether current resident, the home place of their forebears, or place of significance for other reasons.

The project Pererin Wyf will begin in September 2022 with a series of free bi-weekly online workshops with world class speakers focusing on the key themes of the project; connecting with the Welsh and Irish diaspora, language, home, travel and song.  Speakers will include David Greenslade whose book Welsh Fever is a gazeteer of Welsh activity and connection in North America, Pamela Petro author of The Long Field, a meditation on hiraeth shortlisted for the 2022 Welsh Book of the year, Professor Helen Phelan Director of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and Rachel Uí Fhaoláin and John Ó Faoláin, traditional song, folklore and story collectors based in Wexford.

A series of hybrid workshops will follow culminating in an exchange trip between host county participants in the Spring of 2023.  The workshops will result in a new version of the song featuring the Irish language and reflecting contemporary understandings of pilgrimage, home and return.

If you have a personal connection with North Pembrokeshire or Wexford and would like to take part in this project we would love to hear from you.  Please email rowan@span-arts.org.uk to find out more about how you could get involved or book a place on the introductory session on the 29th September through www.span-arts.org.uk 

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Public Art Launch – Do the Little Things – everyone welcome!

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Public Art Launch - Do the Little Things - everyone welcome!

Friday 18th November 3 – 5 pm St Davids Cathedral grounds 

Do the Little Things is a new public artwork designed for two locations: St Davids Cathedral, Pembrokeshire, and Ferns, Wexford.

The three giant bee hives made from cedar wood have been created by Bedwyr Williams, whose project has been realised with the support of Contemporary Art Society Consultancy.

These ‘living sculptures’ will house live bee colonies and Do the Little Things connects the two communities of St Davids and Ferns through the practice of beekeeping, reflecting the medieval story of St David and his friendship with St Aidan, who brought bees back to Ireland from Wales.

The bee colonies are being cared for by local beekeepers and community groups, who will be harvesting and selling honey in labelled jars designed by the artist and local school children.

Bedwyr says: “I’m interested in objects that invite communities to become active participants to make the artwork whole. St David’s last words were “Gwnewch y pethau bychain” or “Do the little things.” This ethos has guided the development of my proposal, which is founded on the story of St David and St Aidan and steeped in the magic and history of these two intertwined locations.”

Sited in the grounds of St David’s Cathedral, the first edition of the work opens to the public on Friday 18 November from 3 pm. The launch will include a Q&A with the artist and local beekeeper Gayle Twitchen, storytelling, and a performance of  the ‘Bee Song’ by children from Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi led by composer Sam Howley. The event is free and all are welcome.

Bees have linked St Davids and Ferns since the sixth century, when St David gifted a hive of bees to St Aidan to keep, after the monastery bees twice followed their favourite monk home to Ireland and had to be brought back” said the Very Revd Dr Sarah Rowland Jones, Dean of the Cathedral. “We’re delighted to welcome this striking symbol of the ties between us”.

Please register for the event so that we know how many people to cater for

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Cwtch Festival – tickets now live!

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Cwtch Festival - Tickets now Live!

Tickets are now on sale for Cwtch Festival, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, 28th – 30th October .

Over 50 acts will play free and ticketed gigs over three days this autumn- including Welsh and Irish talent: The Magic Numbers, Lisa O’Neill, Scott Matthews, Adwaith, Penelope Isles and Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, who have just supported Tom Jones and Stereophonics at the Principality Stadium.

Open to everyone, the festival is hosting exclusive, intimate ticketed gigs at City Hall and Ty’r Pererin as well as free music along the ‘cwtch trail’.

Weekend passes and individual gig tickets are available.

The festival is part funded by Ancient Connections.

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YNYS – soundscapes created by Fern Thomas Artist in Residence

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YNYS - soundscapes by Artist in Residence Fern Thomas

‘…and as the relics, stones, bones and stories from both places washed out to sea, a new island was formed right in the middle. A shared place for culture, history, dreams, poetry and song from all time to live alongside each other. And from this place, a radio station appeared and began to transmit,…’

YNYS is a fictional radio station which will create a series of soundscapes that documents the Ancient Connections project and explores the two places of Pembrokeshire and Wexford through field recordings, archival sounds, prose, song, interviews and the speaking of the land.

Fern Thomas has released two of the soundscape podcasts, which you can listen to here. She will be releasing one a month until the end of the project. 

 
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Next Round of Free Tourism & Heritage Ambassador Training Announced!

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Next Round of Free Tourism & Heritage Ambassador Training Announced!

 

Our first lot of Ancient Connections Ambassadors for North Pembrokeshire and Co. Wexford completed their training last month, and what a wonderful bunch they are! Now, we’re launching more training to swell their numbers. Might you be interested?

“I thoroughly enjoyed myself whilst learning lots of new information and stories. It’s been a privilege to be involved.

B. Wheatley, Ancient Connections Ambassador.

Welcoming visitors to the area and supporting their needs so that the local economy can thrive is very important for our communities. Ambassadors are trained to welcome and greet visitors and pilgrims, provide a wealth of local history and heritage information, help orientate visitors and support them to decide on great places to visit, build an itinerary, develop and lead short, local tours, share practical local information, tell stories and much more. 

Training takes two days and is completely FREE. It’s designed specifically for those with time and interest in volunteering as an Ambassador, those who already welcome visitors to their premises or as part of their work and those already volunteering within the visitor and cultural sphere locally

Here are the training days coming up in NORTH PEMBROKESHIRE: Choose two of these three days:

10 June 10am – 4pm Oriel Y Parc, St David’s

14 June 10am-4pm Fishguard area (venue TBC)

21 June 9.30am – 6pm, Out and About across north Pembrokeshire.

Training places are limited, so booking is vital. To book your place, click the blue button below this message. 

The next round of Ambassador Training in County Wexford will be held in September. Keep an eye out for details.


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Animating Schools – exchange trip in June

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Animating Schools - exchange trip in June 2022

Animating Schools is an exchnage project involving Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi in St Davids and two schools in Ferns: St Edan’s Primary School and Scoil Naomh Maodhog.
 
35 pupils are taking part in the creation of a short animated film that will tell the shared story of Ferns and St David’s, from legends of the two Saints to tales of knights, kings and powerful women.  The project is led by Winding Snake, specialists in working with schools and community groups on animation projects.
 
So far the children have been working on script writing and story development. In June, the Ferns group will be travelling to St Davids to meet their welsh counterparts, get to know each other and take part in a joint animation workshop.
 
As well as working on the animation film together, the group will be visiting important heritage sites in the area such as St Nons, St Davids Cathedral, The Bishops Palace, guided by Janet Ingram, St Davids Cathedral’s Education and Pilgrimage Officer. They will also visit Castell Henllys and the dig site at Whitesands Bay and take part in an archaeology workshop. 
 
The film is expected to be completed in Autumn 2022.
 
Filmmaker Terence White is accomanpying the group from Ferns and will be making a short documentary film about the project.
 

 

 

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Wexford & Pembrokeshire Pilgrim Way – half day guided pilgrimage

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Wexford & Pembrokeshire Pilgrim Way – Goodwick to Llanwnda half-day guided pilgrimage.

Led by The British Pilgrimage Trust. Be the first to have a sneak peak on a 6 mile half-day pilgrimage on the new cross border pilgrimage between Wexford and Pembrokeshire.
 
Our small but excellent and experienced team will guide you from Goodwick to Llanwnda, the Pencaer peninsula, Carregwastad Point and the ancient land of Pebidiog at the Pembrokeshire beginning of a new pilgrimage.
 
You will be led by Pembrokeshire pilgrimage officer David Pepper, Iain Tweedale from Journeying and Christine Smith from Guided Pilgrimage who will share their knowledge and experience of guiding modern day pilgrimage where there will be time to reflect and take time out from our busy lives to go on both an outer journey through these beautiful landscapes, and on an inner journey to re-connect with nature and ourselves.
 
This will be a half-day loop route exploring the landing place of the pilgrim in Goodwick to St Gwyndaf’s Church and Holy Well at Llanwnda. We will be exploring the relationship between land & sea in pilgrimage, taking in holy wells, ancient Celtic christian settlements, neolithic burial chambers mixed with modern day transatlantic relations and last invasions.
 
Meet at: St Peter’s Church Hall, 3 Plasygamil Road, Goodwick, Wales, SA64 0EL
 
Tickets · £22.15
 
 

 

 

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Quotes Sought – Development of Pilgrimage related tourism products

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Quotes Sought - Development of Pilgrimage related tourism products

Pembrokeshire County Council invites quotes from businesses, self-employed individuals and social enterprises for proposals to develop and test new pilgrimage related products that will align with a new pilgrim route being created between Ferns in Wexford, Ireland and St Davids in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The route is being managed and developed by The British Pilgrimage Trust and partners and will be launched in early 2023.

Quotes are expected to be in the region of €10,000-15,000 and we are aiming to work with around 4-6 small businesses, self-employed individuals or social enterprises. The scheme aims to support local businesses to recover from the economic impact of COVID and develop new tourism products that would be targeted towards potential national and international pilgrims.

The available monies must be spent on revenue costs (eg staff time, travel costs, materials, small-scale products, and intangibles such as marketing material) and not capital costs (such as structural improvements to buildings or creation of new structures). Small scale technological equipment, temporary structures and materials to improve a venue such as paint are not counted as capital.

In order to apply, you and/or your business must be based in West Wales OR you must be able to demonstrate that the product you develop will have a clear positive impact on the economy of Pembrokeshire. The areas of Goodwick, Fishguard and St Davids in North Pembrokeshire are closest to the pilgrim route, and products that would have impact for these areas are therefore particularly welcomed. These products can be specific to Pembrokeshire or could be cross-border in nature, or may involve collaborators from the Wexford area

Download the Tenderer Information form here

Download the brief here

Deadline for submissions: Thursday 14th April 2022 5 pm

Please ensure that you have included the Tenderer Information form and all other requested documents and email your application as one PDF document to ruth.jones@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Please contact ruth.jones@pembrokeshire.gov.uk for further information.

 

Project Outputs: 

Training, marketing and legacy network for festival of North Wexford and North Pembrokeshire

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Festival and Event training and marketing – Specialist Sought!

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Festival and Event training and marketing - specialist sought

Wexford County Council wishes to appoint a contractor to undertake and deliver a Festival and Event Business Training, Marketing and Network Support Programme, for existing small local festivals and events in the project regions of North Wexford (Ireland) and North Pembrokeshire (Wales), as part of the Ancient Connections project.

The project intends to establish a festival and event business training, marketing and network support programme, delivered by relevant consultants and trainers, capable of providing a range of competitiveness and capacity development services, for the existing festival and events community of the project regions.

The programme will include the delivery of skills training for small festival and event organisers; shared cross-border marketing resources and materials, and the creation of a legacy communications network, for future cross-border collaboration between the participating groups of Wexford and Pembrokeshire. These activities will play a vital role in the post-COVID recovery phase for local Wexford and Pembrokeshire events and festivals, which have been disrupted over the past two years.

The tender brief can be accessed on eTenders.ie at 206295 – 5/COMM/2022 – RFT for a “Festival and Event Business Training, Marketing and Network Support Programme”, in Wexford and Pembrokeshire, as part of the Ancient Connections project 2021 – 2023

Deadline for submissions:  28th February 2022 16:00   Irish time

Please contact eoghan.greene@wexfordcoco.ie for further information.

Project Outputs: 

Training, marketing and legacy network for festival of North Wexford and North Pembrokeshire

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Applications sought to deliver FINALE participatory arts project

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Applications sought to deliver FINALE participatory arts project

Wexford County Council invites submissions for an ambitious cross-border participatory arts project addressing the overarching theme of ‘Who is a pilgrim?’ that links the communities of Wexford and Pembrokeshire, as well as the international diasporas of these regions. The project is expected to be delivered through a mix of face-to-face activity and online engagement. This commission is expected to be completed by late Spring 2023 and will be the finale of the Ancient Connections arts programme.

There is a total value of €50,000 available for this commission. One lead individual or organisation must apply, but proposals must have a collaborative cross-border partner(s) who will enable delivery of the project evenly between the two regions and the delivery budget must reflect this.

Key aims of the project are to encourage international visitors to both regions and to present an ambitious, engaging and high impact finale project for the local communities of North Wexford and North Pembrokeshire that further enhances and cements their shared history and connections.

Applications are welcomed from organisations and individuals who live in Pembrokeshire or Wexford as well as those outside of the project area, however the applicant must be able to demonstrate a successful delivery model that takes into account their geographical location, as well as the requirement to ensure equal impact and accessibility for participants in both Pembrokeshire and Wexford.

Closing date for applications: 28th February 2022
 
Applications must be submitted through the etenderie portal. You will need to register as a supplier on the portal in order to view all the tender documents.  

Project Outputs: 

 FINALE arts project Spring 2023