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.  

Daffodils and Campanile in spring, Portmeirion, Llyn Peninsula
Daffodils at Portmeirion

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.  

Close up of Welsh language signpost pointing to the attractions at The National Eisteddfod 2018
view across to Castell Coch, with Welsh flag in the foreground.
Welsh language signs and Castell Coch, near Cardiff, South Wales

Great things happen when people, places and new ideas connect. We have an exciting programme of events planned throughout the year which commenced with the launch of our campaign on 11th January.  On St Davids Day, 1st March, we celebrated ‘all things Welsh’ -  a  3 day virtual programme of cultural and musical events, webinars, readings and much more.  In autumn 2021, we will host a ‘Germany in Wales’ day. 

View across the estuary towards Harlech Castle
Criccieth Castle, North Wales

This year National Dance Company Wales will tour Germany, and The British Council and Literature Wales will partner with  Literaturhaus Stuttgart. 

On July 7th Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel will sing Richard Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman" during the Munich Opera Festival, and will also perform in the Festival's special concert.

Welsh musician and producer Kelly Lee Owens will perform her new album "Inner Song" in Berlin (November 5th at Gretchen), in Munich (November 9th at Ampere) and in Cardiff (November 25th at Y Plas). 

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, to mark the occasion there will be a "Germany in Wales Day" in Cardiff in autumn 2021.

Our Welsh Government offices in Berlin and Düsseldorf will support Welsh company trade missions and science and innovation exchanges throughout Germany.   

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:

@Urdd Twitter

Urdd Gobaith Cymru Facebook

UrddGobaithCymru Instagram

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.

SPEAKERS

  • 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

 

DANCE DIGITAL

June 16th 2021, 11am – 1pm (CET) | 10am – 12pm (GMT)

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.  

Alec Shepley  

Hannah Wardle 

Julie Upmeyer 

Rebecca Hardy 

Sarah Holyfield 

Rachel Rosen 

 

A Breath of Welsh Air

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

Date & time: 7th July 2021, 19:30 – 21:45

Sir Bryn Terfel stars in Wagner’s ‘The Flying Dutchman'

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.

 

One Young World Summit, Munich

Munich Opera Festival

Date: 30th July 2021

Sir Bryn Terfel sings in the Extra Festival Concert: The Point of Inflection

 

Fotosummer 2021 Eurovision

Date: 17th September 2021

Ffotogallery, the national photography agency for Wales, have been invited to present an exhibition on the theme of Eurovision at Fotosommer 2021 in Stuttgart this September, opening at the Kunstraum on 17 September.

Fotosummer 2021 Eurovision

Frankfurt Book Fair

Date: 20 – 24th October 2021

for the 2021 Frankfurt Book Fair, Clwstwr and MFG-Baden Württemberg will come together to explore new ideas for the book market.  

Frankfurt Book Fair

Bremen-Cardiff Alliance

Date: 4th November 2021

As part of the Bremen-Cardiff-Alliance Cardiff University will hold a Welsh reception evening in Bremen. Welsh culture and science will be celebrated, and the event will be hosted by hosted by Cardiff University’s Vice-Chancellor and Rector Professor Colin Riordan.

MEDICA

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.

The German Embassy Careers Fair in Wales

Date: 18th November 2021

The Fair is organised and hosted by the German Embassy London in partnership with the German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce and world-leading UK-based German companies such as Siemens, Bosch, Allianz, Commerzbank, Aldi/Lidl etc. The aim is to give graduates and university students, as well as pupils from Year 10 onwards an insight into future career options with German.

At the fair visitors will have the opportunity to:

  • meet representatives of German companies as well as international companies with important business links to German speaking countries
  • discuss employment opportunities at these companies
  • hear about the importance of German language skills in a career context

Kelly Lee Owens performs her new album ‘Inner Song’

Date & venue:

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.  

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