Spectacular circus, theatre, dance and music acts will fill
Caernarfon Castle, Victoria Dock, the Town Square and Galeri Arts
Centre for this year's Hijinx Unity Festival,
which celebrates the best inclusive and disability arts from around
Caernarfon will have a truly international feel this summer as
performers arrive from France, Germany, Spain, Belgium and
Ethiopia, as well as from across the UK and Wales.
All of the companies performing at Hijinx Unity Festival include
artists who have physical or learning disabilities. The Festival
was created by Welsh theatre company Hijinx, to give a high profile platform
to stunning work made by disabled and non-disabled artists working
together as equals.
Full programme details will be unveiled at a special launch
event in Caernarfon this May, however highlights of the Festival
will include: a weekend of free performances around the town centre
ideal for families; a Schools' Day for 500 local pupils, a
Community Dance Gala and jaw-dropping flamenco and physical theatre
acts at Galeri.
14 learning disabled actors from Hijinx's performance training
academy based at Prestatyn will be at the centre of a number of
performances, produced by Hijinx in collaboration with other Welsh
and UK-based companies.
Ben Pettitt-Wade, Hijinx's Artistic Director, commented: "We are
thrilled to be taking the Festival to Caernarfon this summer. The
overwhelmingly positive reaction of the public, local community
groups and schools to the Festival over the past nine years in
Cardiff has been an inspiration and a catalyst for moving it north.
We can't wait to introduce the work of outstanding disabled
performers to audiences in North Wales, and above all, provoke
thought and discussion about the ability and potential of people
who live with a disability."
The hugely popular Schools' Day returns to Hijinx Unity Festival
this year on Friday 30 June. 500 pupils from Key Stages 2 and 3
will have the chance to enjoy a packed day of inclusive theatre and
dance within Caernarfon Castle. If you are interested in bringing a
school group, please contact Jon Dafydd-Kidd on
firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
About Hijinx Unity Festival
Through a high quality programme of performing arts, the
Festival promotes positive images of disability and social
inclusion to audiences. Since its creation in Cardiff in 2008, it
has grown to attract over 20,000 visitors a time from across Wales,
the UK and Europe.
Thanks to funding from Welsh Assembly Government's Major Events
Unit, the Arts Council of Wales, Cadw, Caernarfon Town Council and
Gwyn & Mary Owen, Unity Festival is able to relocate to North
Wales for the first time. The new location opens up opportunities
to bring Hijinx's inclusive ethos to new audiences, school
communities and artistic collaborators in North West and North
Wales and the North of England.
The award winning creative enterprise centre, Galeri in
Caernarfon is the official venue partner of the Festival.
Mari Emlyn, Artistic Director at Galeri, commented: "Galeri is
delighted to be welcoming Unity Festival, one of Europe's largest
inclusive festivals, and the only one of its kind in Wales - to
Caernarfon! What a great opportunity to promote positive images of
disabilities whilst encouraging inclusivity within the arts,
bringing international innovative artistic events to Galeri and the
streets of Caernarfon!"
For future updates on Hijinx Unity Festival 2017 programme,
visit the event website at hijinxunity.org.uk,
follow Hijinx on Twitter or Facebook.