We have launched our new campaign ‘Wales in Germany 2021’ showcasing the breadth of activity and exchange happening in Germany and in Wales across commerce, science and innovation, culture and the arts, education, alumni, tourism, civic links and sustainable development.
Wales is a nation open to new ideas, always inspiring, ready and willing to collaborate. We are a creative nation with talented people, a proud history and a rich bilingual culture to celebrate and share. We want to share knowledge and ideas.
We want to build a platform of dialogue and exchange with Germany for tomorrow. Great things happen when people, places and new ideas connect. We have an exciting programme of events planned throughout the year that commenced with the launch of our campaign on 11th January.
On St David’s Day, 1 March, we celebrated ‘all things Welsh’ – a three-day virtual programme of cultural and musical events, webinars, readings and much more. As part of these celebrations, the National Dance Company Wales and Literature Wales created two Plethu Weave short films, with a third to follow in the autumn: Aber Bach, Good Things to Come. Further collaborations have developed with the British Council Germany, Literaturhaus Stuttgart, Literaturbüro Westniedersachsen, Clwstwr and MFG Baden-Württemberg, to name a few.
Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel will perform in the Munich Opera Festival's special concert and sing Richard Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman" and Giuseppe Verdi’s “Falstaff” at the Bayerische Staatsoper. Welsh musician and producer Kelly Lee Owens will develop her collaboration with Lindred (Berlin) and promote her new album "Inner Song".
Sophie Howe, the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, and young people from the Future Generations’ Leaders Academy took part (virtually) in the One Young World summit (Munich) and at the UN Climate Change Conference 2021 (COP26) there will be youth dialogues on shared global responsibility in climate protection. 2021 will also mark the 66th anniversary of the twinning between Cardiff and Stuttgart.
In autumn 2021, our Welsh Government offices in Berlin and Düsseldorf will continue to support Welsh company trade missions and science, innovation and economic partnerships throughout Germany, as well as hosting exchange visits between both countries.
Read on to find out more about the forthcoming events schedule.....
Urdd Gobaith Cymru: Peace and Goodwill Message
Date: 18th May 2021
Every year since 1922, the young people of Wales have created a message of peace and friendship to share with young people around the world. This year, the Peace and Goodwill Message focuses on Equality for Women.
Equality for women is key to creating inclusive, open and prosperous societies, and the 2021 Peace and Goodwill Message will focus on this important issue, highlighting the inequalities that women still face worldwide.
Follow the journey of the 2021 Message by following Urdd Social Media Accounts:
DANCE DIGITAL: Baden-Württemberg and South Wales connect
Date and time: June 16th 2021, 11am – 1pm (CET) | 10am – 12pm (GMT)
DANCE DIGITAL is the kick-off event of a new partnership between Clwstwr, a programme to stimulate R&D and innovation in the South Wales media sector, and MFG Baden-Württemberg, an institution to promote film culture, the film industry and cultural and creative industries in the South West of Germany.
The focus of this international partnership is to bring together creative innovators, businesses and organisations from across South Wales and Baden-Württemberg to encourage collaboration, cross-border working and share knowledge and best practice.
- Paul Kaynes, CEO National Dance Company of Wales - keynote
- Fearghus Ó Conchúir, choreographer, dance artist and former Artistic Director of National Dance Company Wales and Rob Eagle, digital artist
- Liara Barussi, founder and creative director of Jukebox Collective
- Krystal Lowe, dancer, choreographer, and writer
- Carina S. Clay, freelance choreographer, dancer and the artistic director of the eMotions project
- Eric Gauthier, founder of Gauthier Dance, the resident company at Theaterhaus Stuttgart and artistic director of COLOURS International Dance Festival
- Sophie Manuela Lindner and Jens Nonnenmann from HE4DS – Health Education for Dancers, an integrative therapy, training and lifestyle method for sustainable health care and performance enhancement of dancers
A Breath of Welsh Air
Date: 18th – 20th June 2021
Coordinated by Palis Advisory GmbH, Berlin and Caernarfon Artist Regional Network (CARN), six Welsh artists will virtually display their work and produce online content around the theme of Air as part of a creative festival organised by the Berlin district of Neukölln, 48 Stunden Neukölln.
Faust and Greta
Date: 18th – 20th June 2021
Inspired by the 1922 Welsh language adaptation of Goethe’s classic tale by iconic Welsh author T.Gwynn Jones, three of Wales’ leading theatre organisations have joined forces to create, produce and present an innovative and unique digital theatre experience with a Welsh language adaptation of the legendary German tale, Faust.
- Frân Wen, a Welsh language theatre company for young people based in North West Wales.
- Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Wales’ national Welsh language theatre company.
- Pontio, one of Wales’ largest and most respected performance venues based in Bangor, North Wales.
Welsh Cook-Along & Cocktails
Date: 6th July 2021, 6pm –7pm (CET) | 5pm – 6pm (GMT)
Nerys Howells, a successful cookbook author and Sian Roberts, TV presenter and owner of Loving Welsh Food are going to cook together some delicious traditional Welsh dishes including Glamorgan Sausages and the famous Welsh Cakes.
You can choose to just watch or perhaps try your hand at a few of the dishes and cook-along with us. There will also be a couple of gin cocktails thrown in too!
Register free online https://wales-cook-along.eventbrite.co.uk
Munich Opera Festival
One Young World Summit, Munich
Date: 22nd – 25th July 2021
A delegation of five young people from the Future Generations Leadership Academy, the Urdd and the Welsh Government will virtually attend the summit. Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner will give a keynote speech and together with the young leaders will deliver a workshop.
Munich Opera Festival
Voices of Wales – trilingual online event
Date: 7th September 2021
Literaturbüro Westniedersachsen and Literature Wales, together with the Welsh Government, Wales Arts International and the British Council, are celebrating Welsh literature, theatre and music trilingually - in German, Welsh and English.
Ffotogallery Wales @ Fotosummer 2021
Date: 18th September - 15th October 2021
With the exhibition "Eurovision" the FOTOSOMMER STUTTGART wants to set an example for Europe and has invited the Welsh agency for photography – Ffotogallery – to participate in the photo exhibition at Kunstraum 34 in Stuttgart. On display will be works by the artist Michal Iwanowski under the them "Go home Polish" – a photographic journey from Wales to Poland.
Panel discussion: "The Case of Wales"
Date: 30th September 2021
The German-British Society is hosting a panel discussion under the theme "Four Nations in a United Kingdom? The Case of Wales" discussing topics like: What are the pressing issues in Wales today? How has Brexit affected Wales and how many Welsh people would like to become independent from the United Kingdom? The virtual event is taking place on Thursday, 30 September 2021 at 6 pm (CET). Rupert Graf Strachwitz, Vice-Chairman of the German-British Society, will discuss these and other questions with Ruth Marks, Wales Council for Voluntary Action, Dr. Marius Guderjan, Centre for British Studies at Humboldt University, and Dr. Ed Poole, Cardiff University.
Date: 9th - 13th October 2021
Under the theme Taste the Future 'ANUGA' the leading global trade fair for the food and drink industry will be taking place in Cologne.
Opera Falstaff with Bryn Terfel
Dates: 15th, 17th & 21st October 2021
Sir Bryn Terfel, the well-known Welsh bass-baritone, stars in Guiseppe Verdi’s Opera "Falstaff" at the Nationaltheater of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.
Frankfurt Book Fair
Date: 20 – 24th October 2021
Wales in Bremen: An Evening Dedicated to Music, Poetry, and Science
Date: 4th November 2021
On behalf of the Bremen-Cardiff Alliance, Bremen University is hosting a Welsh reception featuring Ifor ap Glyn - the National Poet of Wales, Corinna Reynolds singing Welsh folk songs and conversation between Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Scholz-Reiter, President of the University of Bremen and Prof. Dr. Colin Riordan, Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University.
Date: 15th - 18th November 2021
Welsh delegates to attend MEDICA the world-leading medical trade fair for medical technology, electromedicine, health-IT and laboratory & surgical equipment.
A Green Journey Through Wales
Date: 23rd November 2021, 6pm – 7pm (CET) / 5pm – 6pm (GMT)
Live from The National Botanic Garden of Wales, TV presenter Sian Roberts takes you on a virtual journey through Wales.
Find out how Halen Môn Sea Salt is produced on the island of Anglesey and what this has to do with former US President Barack Obama. Discover the most beautiful places and insider tips along the Wales Coast Path, must-see castles and historical monuments. You’ll also learn more about how Wales has been actively involved in climate and environmental protection since the 1970s.
There will be an exciting mix of videos and images as well as fascinating interview partners.
Register free online: https://green-journey-through-wales.eventbrite.co.uk
Kelly Lee Owens performs her new album ‘Inner Song’
Date & venue:
- Cardiff: 25th November, Cardiff Student Union
Kelly Lee Owens, a Welsh electronic musician and producerwill perform her latest album ‘Inner Song’ to audiences in Cardiff. The album was released through Smalltown Supersound in August 2020 and features collaboration with Welsh musician John Cale.