The Wales Arts Review is set to launch digital arts festival this weekend, starting Friday March 27th to Sunday 29th, to raise emergency funds for artists and freelancers who have had their income impacted by efforts to stem the spread of Covid-19. The festival will be kicked off with a timely reading by Owen Sheers from his NHS video poem for BBC television.
Headline acts announced so far include Sarah Waters, Amy Wadge, Georgia Ruth, and Owen Sheers. The line-up will also include Wales Book of the Year winner Ailbhe Darcy, Welsh Music Prize winners Adwaith, and Keeping Faith star Eve Myles. The Wales Millennium Centre will be presenting an exclusive screening of its hit 2017 production #MantoMan available to watch for the duration of the festival and further content will be announced in the coming days.
Gary Raymond, Wales Arts Review editor, and presenter of BBC Radio Wales’s The Review Show said; “This is all about the artists of Wales coming together to help out those who need help. Artists and freelancers across the country have been thrown into financial turmoil through no fault of their own, and these people are the backbone of Wales’s creative industries. Digithon will be rough and ready, but it will be a lot of fun, and it will show the international audience that come to Wales Arts Review every day just what a fantastic community Wales is.”
The Digithon will be an innovative online festival bringing people closer together in a time of social distancing. The vibe of the Digithon is home-made, guerrilla content – things recorded on phones and written in speed – songs, poems, monologues, animations, readings and artwork. It will be ‘a rough and ready three day programmed extravaganza of music, literature, performance, and artwork delivered via the Wales Arts Review multimedia platform.’
Photo: Ani Glass (persona of Cardiff-based electronic pop musician, producer and artist, Ani Saunders. Glass sings in her native languages Welsh and Cornish).