27 July 2016

Shortlisted for best Outdoor Event in the 2016 Event Awards

We’re delighted that Ar Waith Ar Daith, a journey of myth and magic, created by us for the Wales Millennium Centre’s tenth anniversary celebrations, has been shortlisted for best Outdoor Event in the prestigious 2016 Event Awards

The annual awards, a showcase of the very best in creative, event and marketing excellence, will be held at the Eventim Apollo in London on October 13.

The finale performance of Ar Waith Ar Daith became the largest ever outdoor production staged in Wales featuring over 600 participants involving: mass movement choreography, puppetry, a lantern procession, a parade of oarsmen and women from Welsh sea rowing clubs, a new music composition from BAFTA award winning composer John Rea, a children’s choir, aerial performances, fire drawings, pyrotechnics and a centrepiece moving cauldron. Welsh actress Sian Cothi performed the central role of Cerdiwen.

Broadcast live on S4C it was seen by an outdoor audience of 13,500.

However, equally as significant as the finale was the seven month artistic odyssey around communities in Wales capturing a wealth of creative responses to ‘Awen’, loosely translated from Welsh as ‘the muse’, which helped create a rich seam of cultural and historical points of reference.

Ken Scates, Welsh Minister for Culture, described Ar Waith Ar Daith as the best outdoor event he had ever seen in Wales.

“Walk the Plank took our brief and enhanced it, taking the time to really understand what we wanted to create. They reconnected us with collaborators across Wales and forged new partnerships that continue to root the Centre in the cultural fabric of Wales which helps people see the Centre as a creative force in its own right.

And they created magic, which thrilled and delighted thousands of people on the night.

Both parts of the project (the journey and the event) leave a very positive legacy for us, and Wales – in skills development that mean we can draw on a widening pool of creative talent, and an excitement and anticipation from the public and media about what we might do next. Which is in fact a larger city-wide celebration of Roald Dahl on 16 & 17 September 2016! Just over a year on from the amazing Ar Waith Ar Daith.” Dylan Tozer, Wales Millennium Centre