Wales Arts International is delivering an exciting programme of artistic and cultural events to be hosted as part of Welsh Government’s Wales Week Dublin 2020.

Designed to bridge St David’s Day and St Patrick’s Day and to promote Wales in Ireland as a confident outward looking globally responsible nation, Wales Week Dublin will run from 9-13 March, with the focal point of the programme hosted at Tŷ Cymru Digital Dome housed in the Custom House Quay building, also home to Dublin’s EPIC (Irish Emigration) Museum.

The week’s events focus on key areas of cooperation including business; cultural relations; academia; future generations; global responsibility; tourism, heritage, creativity and language in alignment with Welsh Government’s new International Strategy. Wales Arts International will bring the cultural offer to life and will focus on developing networks and nurturing new relationships between the arts and culture sectors of Wales and Ireland.

On Monday: Museums, Cultural Democracy and Spoken Word

Amgueddfa Cymru will kick off the programme of cultural events hosting a discussion and celebration of the partnership between the National Museums of Wales and Ireland beyond Brexit, which sees collaboration at its heart.

Wales Arts International’s activity will then start with REIC x Y Stamp: Spoken Word and Poetry Performance, an all-female poetry evening marking International Women’s Day and celebrating past and present cultural links between both nations. Providing a platform for our indigenous languages, this event will showcase young Welsh literary and Irish talent.

On Wednesday: A Focus on Youth, Language and Diaspora

To further mark Wales’ pioneering Wellbeing of Future Generations Act, Welsh Government Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language, Eluned Morgan will participate in the launch of an exciting partnership between Ireland’s world leading minority language digital platform TG Lurgan and Wales’ national voluntary youth organisation Urdd Gobaith Cymru, which provides opportunities through the medium of Welsh for its 55,000 members.

Wales Arts International will also host a panel discussion in partnership with Ireland’s  Other Voices festival, which travelled to Wales for the first time in November in partnership with Theatr Mwldan and Triongl. The panel will explore the themes of migration and identity in Wales and Ireland, the influence of our languages and culture on an international stage and how we connect and reconnect with our diaspora. The event will be chaired by Radio 1 and 6’s Huw Stephens with contributions from Philip King of Other Voices festival, Bethan Kilfoil from RTÉ, Irish harpist Laoise Kelly and musicians Lauren Ní Chasaide and Georgia Ruth who both participated in Wales Arts International’s recent Mamiaith collaborative project.

Since 2001, Other Voices has brought musicians and artists from across the world to Dingle, Ireland to raise their voices to sing. In 2019, Lleisiau Eraill Aberteifi - Other voices Cardigan was produced in partnership between South Wind Blows, Theatr Mwldan and Triongl and was broadcast on S4C. Other Voices Cardigan is staged with the support and investment of Welsh Government and Rialtas na hÉíreann/Government of Ireland.

On Thursday: Arts & Health, European Première and Cultural Networking

In the field of Arts and Health, Wales Arts International will host an event featuring a screening of National Dance Company Wales’ inspirational film ‘Reflections’, based on their Dance for Parkinson’s programme. The event will also present Phil George, Chair of the Arts Council of Wales, in conversation with Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Artistic Director of NDCWales and provide networking and creative conversation opportunities for Welsh and Irish practitioners and policymakers in conjunction with Creative Ireland.  

A round table discussion and networking event will also take place, exploring current connections and new opportunities for collaboration in partnership with Culture Ireland with a focus on developing networks, touring, skills exchange and language development opportunities between Wales, Ireland and beyond.

One of the highlights of the week will be Gŵyl y Gorwel: a special evening of art, language, music and conversation. This will play host to the European première of the immersive 360 animation of Rhys a Meinir by Cian Ciarán (composer, songwriter, producer & one fifth of Super Furry Animals) and Bait Studio. Featuring a recorded soundtrack performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales and commissioned poetry by Gruffudd Antur narrated by Rhys Ifans (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman etc). Rhys a Meinir evokes the heartbreak and drama of this ancient Welsh tale.

Following the showing of Rhys a Meinir, guests will also enjoy a performance by lead singer and songwriter of prominent Welsh band Yr Ods, Griff Lynch and a conversation with digital artist Mark James (Producer of Gruff Rhys’ PANG! film), Huw Stephens and Wales Arts International’s Eluned Hâf.

There will also be pop-up performances for the public by Kizzy Crawford and other artists at CHQ during the week.

On Friday: Digital Innovation

Connections in the arts and creative economies of Ireland and Wales will be encouraged at a networking event for the Creative Industries hosted by the Clwstwr £1m digital innovation fund team and at the British and Irish Chamber of Commerce meeting.

The programme of cultural events will close with a screening of Gruff Rhys’ visual album PANG! and a conversation with Gruff ahead of his sold out performance at the Christ Church Cathedral in the evening to kick off Saint Patrick’s Festival.


Welsh Government Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language, Eluned Morgan, said:

“Wales and Ireland have so many wonderful and deep-routed connections and I’m delighted that we will be able to celebrate these during Wales Week Dublin 2020.

Not only do we enjoy strong cultural links, but our nations are intertwined when it comes to academia, business and the arts. I am confident that this relationship will only grow in strength and our Welsh Government remains as committed as ever to our friends in Ireland.”

Head of Wales Arts International, Eluned Haf, said:

“The cultural and linguistic connections between our sister Celtic Nations are both old and contemporary. The Mabinogion folk tales or the ap Huw Manuscrpits are still being performed by artists and enjoyed by participants on both sides of the Irish sea. Nurturing cultural relationships with our closest European neighbour is more important than ever, and we’re delighted to work with Welsh Government in Dublin to promote a positive perception of Wales and Welsh culture in Ireland. Looking beyond Brexit, it’s really important that Wales’ identity is recognised for its cultural distinctiveness in Ireland and further afield. This is our new front door to the European Union.”

All of Wales Arts International’s planned events will promote their common values and present Wales as an outward-looking, globally responsible nation with a thriving contemporary arts scene that’s open to collaboration and exchange. The opportunity that Wales Week Dublin presents will extend the global reach of Welsh artists whilst also emphasising a warm welcome in Wales for visiting artists.

Full details of the programme, as well as tickets for public events can be found on the Wales Week Dublin 2020 website:



Tá Wales Arts International ag obair ar chlár spleodrach d’imeachtaí ealaíon agus cultúir atá le hóstáil mar chuid de Wales Week Dublin 2020, i gcomhpháirt le Rialtas na Breataine Bige.

Ceapadh an tseachtain leis an sos idir Lá Fhéile Dáibhí agus Lá Fhéile Pádraig a líonadh, agus reáchtálfar Wales Week Dublin ón 9–13 Márta. Óstálfar croílár an chláir ag Cruinneachán Digiteach Tŷ Cymru i bhfoirgneamh Ché Theach an Chustaim, áit a bhfuil EPIC (Músaem Inimirce na hÉireann) i mBaile Átha Cliath lonnaithe freisin.

Díríonn imeachtaí na seachtaine ar phríomhréimsí comhoibrithe amhail gnó; caidrimh chultúrtha; domhan na hacadúlachta; na glúine atá le teacht; an fhreagracht dhomhanda; turasóireacht, oidhreacht, cruthaitheacht agus teanga i gcomhréir le Straitéis Idirnáisiúnta nua Rialtas na Breataine Bige. Cuirfidh Wales Arts International beocht sa tairiscint cultúir agus díreoidh sé ar líonraí a fhorbairt idir earnálacha na n-ealaíon agus an chultúir sa Bhreatain Bheag agus in Éirinn.

Cuirfear tús le clár na n-imeachtaí cultúir le díospóireacht agus ceiliúradh á óstáil ag Músaem Náisiúnta na Breataine Bige ar an gcomhpháirtíocht idir Músaeim Náisiúnta na Breataine Bige agus na hÉireann, a bhfuil comhar ina croílár aici.

Tosóidh gníomhaíocht Wales Arts International ansin le REIC x Y Stampa: Léiriú Focail Labhartha agus Filíochta, oíche filíochta na mban chun ceiliúradh a dhéanamh ar Lá Idirnáisiúnta na mBan agus ar naisc chultúir den am atá caite agus den am i láthair idir an dá náisiún. Cuirfidh an t-imeacht seo ardán ar fáil dár dteangacha dúchais, ag cur daoine óga de chuid na Breataine Bige agus na hÉireann a bhfuil bua na litríochta acu i lár an aonaigh.

Óstálfaidh Wales Art International díospóireacht phainéil i gcomhar le Other Voices, ina bhféachfar ar théamaí na himirce agus na féiniúlachta sa Bhreatain Bheag agus in Éirinn, ar thionchar ár dteangacha agus ár gcultúir ar an stáitse idirnáisiúnta; agus ar an gcaoi a nascaimid agus a n-athnascfaimid lenár ndiaspóra. Déanfaidh Huw Stephens ó Radio 1 agus 6 cathaoirleacht ar an imeacht agus glacfaidh Philip King ó fhéile Other Voices, Bethan Kilfoil ó RTÉ agus na ceoltóirí Lauren Ní Chasaide agus Georgia Ruth, a raibh páirt acu beirt i gcomhthionscadal Mamiaith de chuid Wales Arts International a rinneadh le déanaí, páirt ann.

I réimse na nEalaíon agus na Sláinte, beidh imeacht á óstáil againn ag a léireofar scannán inspioráideach ‘Reflections’ de chuid an Chompántais Náisiúnta Damhsa, An Bhreatain Bheag, atá bunaithe ar a chlár Damhsa do Ghalar Parkinson. Mar chuid den imeacht freisin, beidh Phil George, Cathaoirleach Chomhairle Ealaíon na Breataine Bige, i gcomhrá le Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Stiúrthóir Ealaíne NDCWales, agus cuirfear deiseanna líonraithe agus comhrá chruthaithigh ar fáil do chleachtóirí agus lucht déanta beartas Breatnacha agus Éireannacha i réimsí na n-ealaíon agus na sláinte.

Beimid ag déanamh iniúchadh freisin ar naisc reatha agus ar dheiseanna nua don chomhar le comhrá comhstádais agus imeacht líonraithe a bheidh á óstáil i gcomhpháirt le Cultúr Éireann, agus ag a gcuirfear béim ar líonraí, comhpháirtíochtaí agus deiseanna camchuairte a fhorbairt idir an Bhreatain Bheag, Éire agus áiteanna níos faide i gcéin.

Beidh Gŵyl y Gorwel: oíche speisialta ealaíne, theanga, cheoil agus chomhrá ar cheann de bhuaicphointí na seachtaine. Ag an imeacht sin, déanfar an chéad taibhiú san Eoraip de bheochan thumthach 360 Rhys a Meinir le Cian Ciarán (cumadóir, scríbhneoir amhrán, léiritheoir & aon chúigiú de Super Furry Animals) agus Bait Studio. Agus fuaimrian taifeadta le Ceolfhoireann Náisiúnta BBC na Breataine Bige agus filíocht coimisiúnaithe á haithris ag Rhys Ifans (Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows, The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman etc.) mar chuid de, músclaíonn Rhys a Meinir briseadh croí agus dráma an scéil ársa seo de chuid na Breataine Bige.

I ndiaidh thaibhiú Rhys a Meinir, bainfidh aíonna taitneamh as léiriú le Georgia Ruth, amhránaí aguss scríbhneoir agus cruitire cáiliúil a bhfuil gradaim bainte aici, agus comhrá leis an ealaíontóir digiteach Mark James (Léiritheoir an scannáin PANG! le Gruff Rhys), le Huw Stephens agus le Eluned Haf ó Wales Arts International.

Agus murar leor sin, beidh tobléirithe leis na ceoltóirí Kizzy Crawford agus Georgia Ruth le linn na seachtaine, agus tiocfaidh deireadh le clár na n-imeachtaí cultúir le taibhiú an albaim amhairc PANG! de chuid Gruff Rhys agus comhrá le Gruff roimh a léiriú um thráthnóna a chuirfidh tús le Féile Naomh Pádraig. 

Creidimid go bhfuil sé riachtanach caidrimh thábhachtacha a fhorbairt leis an gcomharsa is gaire dúinn san Eoraip, anois níos mó ná riamh, agus tuiscint dhearfach ar an mBreatain Bheag agus cultúr na Breataine Bige a chur chun cinn in Éirinn. Cuirfidh gach ceann de na himeachtaí atá beartaithe againn ár luachanna coitianta chun cinn agus cuirfidh siad an Bhreatain Bheag i láthair mar náisiún a bhreathnaíonn amach sa domhan, atá freagrach go domhanda agus ag a bhfuil saol rathúil comhaimseartha ealaíon a chuireann fáilte roimh chomhoibriú agus malartú. Bainimid úsáid as na deiseanna a chuireann Wales Week Dublin ar fáil chun cur le tionchar domhanda ealaíontóirí Breatnacha agus béim a chur ar an bhfáilte chroíúil a chuirfear roimh ealaíontóirí ar cuairt ar an mBreatain Bheag freisin.

Tá sonraí iomláine an chláir, chomh maith le ticéid le haghaidh imeachtaí poiblí, ar fáil ar shuíomh gréasáin Wales Week Dublin 2020: