National Youth Arts Wales

Summer Stats and Snippets.

Over 450 young people Performed for Wales this summer. They gave up their holidays to participate in a range of national youth dance, music and theatre activities culminating in public concerts and performances in locations as far afield as Llandudno and La Mortella (in Ischia, Italy), and from Bangor to Bristol.

By mid-September 2005, there had been no less than 32 National Youth Arts Wales (NYAW) public performances, the vast majority in just over an eight-week period during the summer.

NYAW also commissioned no less than five new works this summer, from professional creators from or based in Wales - Botticelli's Bonfire (a new play by Greg Cullen for the NYTW), Dathlwn and Dolbadarn - Millennium Fanfare (respectively, a new choral commission for the NYCW and a brass work for NYSBW both from Gareth Glyn), Day of the Dragon (a new work for the NYWOW by Peter Graham based on an earlier commission for NYBBW), and Working Lights (a suite of new choreography, directed by Henri Oguike for NYDW).

Audience figures for (NYAW) concerts and performances in 2005 topped 12,000 - when you include live TV and radio broadcasts and recordings, the figure soared to over 1.8 million.

What the Papers said:

"[NYDW] ..a highly original contribution to British arts, with oodles of potential"
[Big Issue Cymru, August 05]

"[NYTW] ... large scale epic theatre-of-ideas plays realized on a main stage to full houses"

"...mightily impressive, with the stage set alight ... with commitment and excitement"
[Western Mail, September 05]