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Wales in Washington

Wales' presence on the Mall was extended by a series of ancillary programmes running from March 2009. Organisations across Wales worked in collaboration with partner organisations in Washington, on a range of activities and events. A full schedule of events is listed below:

Environment and Sustainability

Event: Convergence on Zero: Carbon, Climate & Energy presented by the Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales (WWC)
Date and Time: 25 June and 26 June, 10.00am-5.00pm
Location: Baird Auditorium, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (NE Metro: Smithsonian)

The Zero Carbon Transition Conference brings together leading thinkers from Wales to focus on the challenges set by the three big issues of our time: climate, energy and economics. The conference will make the case for rapid decarbonisation across all sectors and will explore the policies and technological tools we have at our disposal to make this transition happen.

For booking and to find out more www.convergenceonzero.org


Film Wales

All the following screening and events will be held at the Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St NW. (Metro:Gallery Place/ Chinatown) unless otherwise stated.

Event: Screening of Dal: Yma/Nawr (Still Here Now) (WWC)
Date & Time: 24 June, 8.00pm – 10:15pm
Featuring some of Wales brightest stars such as Sian Phillips, Ioan Gruffudd, Matthew Rhys and Rhys Ifans, Dal: Yma/Nawr takes viewers on a 2,000-year odyssey through the story of Welsh poetry. In Welsh with English subtitles, followed by a Q&A with Director Marc Evans.

Event: National Screen and Sound Archive Showcase short films(WWC)
Date and Time: 25 June, 7.30pm – 9:45pm
Oscar-winning Dylan Thomas starring Richard Burton and David will be introduced by Iestyn Hughes, Head of the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales at the National Library of Wales.

Event: Screening of Sleep Furiously (WWC)
Date and Time: 26 June, 8.00pm – 10:15pm
Set in a small farming community in rural Wales, where small scale agriculture is disappearing, Sleep Furiously is a poetic and profound journey into a world of endings and beginnings. Followed by Q&A with Director Gideon Koppel

Event: It's Alec Templeton Time! (WWC)
Date and Time: 2 July, 4:30pm
Location: Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St.
Born in Cardiff on the Fourth of July 1909, the blind composer-pianist Alec Templeton became a household name after emigrating to the USA and hosting a coast-to-coast radio show which earned him collaborations with Bing Crosby and Judy Garland as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Relive Templeton’s extraordinary life during the week of his centenary through archive film, recordings and live performances of his classical, jazz and blues compositions by Simon Crawford-Phillips.

Event: Screening of Abraham’s Point (WWC)
Date and Time: 2 July, 7.00pm – 9:15pm
Comet Snape (Mackenzie Crook) steals a grandfather clock and sets off to bring it back to his dying father in Wales. Abraham's Point takes Comet on a journey of redemption from the dark streets of London back to the beautiful landscapes of Wales. Here in a shattering climax, we discover the dark secret that has haunted Comet for so long. Followed by Q&A with Director Wyndam Price.

Event: Screening of I Know You Know (WWC)
Date and Time: 3 July, 7.00pm – 9:15pm
Emmy-nominee Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty, Trainspotting) takes the lead role of Charlie in the coming of age drama, in which a boy relishes the excitement and challenge of his father's espionage work; until the 'spy game' turns real. Followed by Q&A with Director Justin Kerrigan.

To find out more and book your seats, click here.

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Music

Wales is known as ‘The Land of Song’ and music and dance will feature prominently throughout the 2 weeks of celebrations.

Event: Welsh National Opera Workshops: The Boy who went to the West Wind.
Date and Time: Workshop 1: 24 June 09.00am - 3.00pm with performance June 25 at 2:00pm
Workshop 2: 26 June, 10.00am - 4.00pm with performance June 27 12.00pm
Location: Workshop at British School (24 June) and Atlas Arts Centre (27 June), performances at the Welsh Dragon Tent on the Mall
Fiona Harrison, a member of WNO Chorus, and three of the WNO wind players will work with the American Youth Chorus and the British School, to develop their skills at two workshops followed by public performances of the WNO’s classic project The Boy who went to the West Wind

Event: Lift up your Voice workshops with the Welsh National Opera (WSC)
Date and Time: 25 June: 1.15pm - 2.00pm , 26 June: 3.30pm - 4.15pm and 27 June: 2.45pm - 3.30pm
Location: The National Mall
Three public singing workshops on the Mall, led by members of the chorus of the WNO. Open to all voices, turn up on the day.

Event: Lift up your Voice Choral Concerts (WSC)
Date and Time: 27 June, 4.00pm-5.30pm
Location: Welsh Dragon Stage
Members of the Chorus and Orchestra of the WNO perform with Rehoboth Welsh Choir from Pennsylvania.

Event: Iris Williams, Welsh Lady of Song (WWC)
Date and Time: 27 June, 7.30pm
Location: Rasmuson Theatre, National Museum of the American Indian (Metro: L'Enfant Plaza)
Tickets $25 (on sale through Smithsonian Associates)
Iris Williams, born in Wales, has done 14 royal performances and performed in 19 countries. In America she has sang with Bob Hope, Rosemary Clooney, and Tony Bennett. Tickets $25 available at www.ResidentAssociates.org

Event: Crasdant in concert (WWC)
Date and Time: 1 July, concert 8.00pm
Location: Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St.
A concert with the highly popular Welsh folk band Crasdant presented by Gregynog Festival. A high-energy program from Wales’ traditional music supergroup, featuring Robin Huw Bowen on triple harp, Andy McLauchlin and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Rees on pibgorn, fiddle and accordion.  Crasdant's repertoire will focus on the rich and unique folk traditions of Montgomeryshire (Maldwyn), the Mid Wales county in which Gregynog stands.

Event: Mendelssohn in Wales (WWC)
Date and Time: 2 July, talk 1.15pm, recitals 2.pm and 3:15pm 
Location: TBC
Retrace Mendelssohn’s footsteps through this illustrated presentation before hearing some of his contemporary Welsh compositions during this afternoon’s Recital with Catrin Finch and Philip Moore & Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano duo. Steinway Artists and Associates of London’s Royal Academy of Music,

Catrin Finch: ‘Queen of harps’ and former royal harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales, Catrin is the outstanding classical Welsh musician of her generation with international engagements including the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals, appearances with the Boston Pops and New York Philharmonic, and an extensive discography including her own recent transcription of Bach’s Goldberg Variations for Deutsche Grammophon. Catrin’s programme will feature repertoire by composers with Gregynog associations, notably William Mathias and Benjamin Britten.

A once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon who has such a mastery of her instrument, combined with deep musical insight, that others pale in comparison’Charleston Post & Courier

She is a credit to Wales, and I could not be more proud of her’ HRH The Prince of Wales

Steinway Artists and Associates of London's Royal Academy of Music, Philip Moore and Simon Crawford-Phillips are established chamber musicians with flourishing independent international careers, yet since 1995 have devoted thousands of hours to this most exacting of disciplines, giving them extraordinary empathy as well as dazzling technical mastery. Regular broadcasters on BBC Radio 3 and the sensation of the 2008 Gregynog Festival, they made their BBC Proms début in 2001 and return for two performances this season including the world première of a double piano concerto commissioned from Anna Meredith. This recital marks the Duo’s Washington début and highlights the importance of French culture at Gregynog through music by Debussy and Poulenc before culminating in Philip’s bravura transcription of Stravinsky’s Firebird.

’20 fingers of steel’ The Independent

‘A real shot of adrenalin’ The Daily Telegraph

‘Philip Moore and Simon Crawford-Phillips have that crucial quality of appearing to think with one brain, moving their fingers in response to a single artistic impulse, so that it seems we are listening to just one artist. This composite pianist plays with immense grace, sensitivity, enchantment and charm. A remarkable young pianist: look out for him’ BBC Music Magazine

Find out more about the Gregynog Festival Program

Event: Only Men Aloud! performance (WWC)
Date and Time: 2 July, evening event (TBC)
Location: Main Stage, the National Mall
The young contemporary entertainers and Welsh singing sensation Only Men Aloud! are winners of the BBC’s Last Choir Standing competition. Last year they signed with Universal and their first album sold more than 500,000 copies. They bring passion and fresh life into the centuries-old Welsh tradition of male voice choirs and their eclectic performance will range from traditional Welsh choral music to Broadway hits.

Event: Harpist Catrin Finch in concert with Colombian band Cimarron. (WWC)
Date and Time: 3 July evening event, (TBC)
Location: Main Stage, the National Mall
Known as the ‘Queen of Harps,’ international contemporary harpist Catrin Finch has performed extensively throughout the U.S.A., the Middle East, Asia and Europe. She has appeared with many of the world’s top orchestras including the Boston Pops and the New York Philharmonic. Catrin will perform with Cimarron, the most accomplished ‘llanera’ group in Colombia, who have performed world-wide during a 20 year career. This will be a stunning collaboration and a celebration of the versatility of the harp with Welsh melodies being infused with a vibrant Latin identity.

A new Folkways CD of Welsh music, produced by Ceri Rhys Matthews, will be available on the Mall

Find out more about the Welsh National Opera


Theatre

Event: Welsh words – Theatre from Wales, presented by Sherman Cymru/Studio Theatre (WWC)
Date and Time: 26 and 28 June, 3-5 July, times vary please visit www.studiotheatre.org
Location: Metheny Theatre, Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005.
Sherman Cymru and The Studio Theatre - Washington DC’s home for contemporary theatre - will be working together with performers from both Wales and Washington to give readings of seven plays.Two will be directed by directors from Wales and five from the US, showcasing work from writers Peter Gill, Tracy Harris, Gary Owen, Meic Povey, Ian Rowlands, Edward Thomas and Catherine Tregenna.
Booking Tel 202-332-3300 or Studio@studiotheatre.org

Find out more about Welsh words - Theatre from Wales


Food

Event: It’s Time for Tea with Welsh Chef Angela Gray (WWC)
Date and Time: 30 June and 1 July, 4.00pm
Location: British Embassy
Angela Gray presents a Welsh inspired traditional tea and discusses Welsh food and customs with guests. Tickets $95 available at http://www.residentassociates.org/


Visual and Creative Arts

Event: The Welsh Table – an exhibition of contemporary studio ceramics from Ruthin Craft Centre (WWC)
Date and Time: 22 June – 21 September, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m
Location: Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive, S.W.
An exhibition of ceramics by ten contemporary makers whose work builds on, and reinterprets, traditional Welsh styles of pottery, and showcases some of the best makers working in Wales today.

Find out more about the Welsh Table exhibition


Lectures

Event: Welsh Table exhibition guided tour
Date and Time: 25 June and 26 June, 2pm
Location: Ripley Centre, 1100 Jefferson Drive, S.W. (Metro: Smithsonian)Ruthin Craft Centre curator Jill Piercey will give a guided tour of Welsh Table exhibition of contemporary tableware

Event: Discovering Wales with Andrew Evans (WWC)
Date and Time: 25 June, 6.45pm-8.45pm
Location: Ripley Centre, 1100 Jefferson Drive, S.W. (Metro: Smithsonian Mall Exit)
An illustrated talk by travel writer Andrew Evans who will take you on a journey of discovery through magnificent green landscapes, ancient castles, slate-roof mill towns, and sleepy seaside villages.
Tickets at $35 available at www.ResidentAssociates.org

Event: Turner to Cezanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection - a special preview debate
Date and Time: 26 June, 6.30pm
Location: Corcoran Gallery of Art (Metro: Farragut West or Farragut North)
The Davies Collection, from National Museum Wales, is an extraordinary group of 19th and early 20th-century paintings collected by sisters Gwendoline and Margaret Davies between 1908 and 1923. Turner to Cezanne is an exhibition of 53 paintings from this remarkable collection. Presenters include: Dr. Paul Greenhalgh, director and president, Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design; Prof. Michael Tooby, Director of Learning and Programs, National Museum of Wales; Dr. Beth Thomas, Keeper of Social and Cultural History, St. Fagans National Museum of History; Jon Gower, author, commentator, and former BBC Wales’ arts and media correspondent. A light reception follows the talk.

Turner to Cézanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection will be on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art January 30-April 25, 2010.

Find out more about lectures and public panel discussions on the Davies sisters

Event: The Gregynog Festival
Date and Time: 1 July 6.30pm
Location: Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St.
A Lecture by Dr Rhian Davies, Artistic Director of the Gregynog Festival. As a curtain-raiser for Gregynog Festival’s two-day showcase in Washington, enjoy and illustrated overview of the history and the present work of this prestigious annual program which is the oldest music festival in Wales.
www.gwylgregynogfestival.org

Event: David Davies, Llandinam
Date and Time: 2 July, 10.00am
Location: Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St.
A Lecture by Dr David Jenkins, Senior Curator of the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea. Marvel at the achievements of legendary Welsh entrepreneur whose business interests in coal, railways and shipping made the family fortune that enabled his grand-daughters Gwendoline and Margret to purchase Gregynog and found their festival and press.
www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/swansea

Event: The Gregynog Press
Date and Time: 2 July, 11.00am
Location: Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St.
Lecture by David Vickers, Controller at Gwasg Gregynog. Gregynog Press produced limited-edition books of the highest craftsmanship for eighteen years and built a reputation as one of the leading private presses of its day. The Controller of the present Gwasg Gregynog traces the history of the Press and displays some of the intricate work which continues these traditions today.
www.gregynogpress.co.uk


Business

Event: Multi-sector trade mission from Wales to Washington DC
Date: 21 June – 28 June
Over 50 companies are expected to participate in the trade mission which will include meetings and events in Defence and Aerospace, Creative Industries, and Life Sciences sectors. The activities will also include promotion of Ryder Cup Wales 2010. The event is being organised by International Business Wales and for further information please contact: Willam Fraser - William.Fraser@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Find out more about the multi-sector trade mission visit.


Poetry

Event: Open Mike Night
Date and Time: 30 June, 9pm
Location: Busboys and Poets, 14th & V. 2021 14th St (Metro: U Street Cardozo)
Open Mike night featuring writers from Wales and DC

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