Monday 12 September 2016


International arts promoters head to Cardiff to see City of the Unexpected

A group of international arts promoters, organisers and performers from around the world will travel to Cardiff for City of the Unexpected to see for themselves Wales’ expertise in what is called site specific theatre, where performances appear anywhere except in a traditional theatre.

City of the Unexpected promises to feature a cast of thousands and amazing spectacles inspired by the work of one of Cardiff’s most famous sons, author Roald Dahl. The event will roll out on the weekend of 17-18 September across Cardiff’s streets and public spaces, shops and arcades, buildings and parks.  

British Council Wales is bringing the delegates to Cardiff from as far afield as Korea, India, South Africa and Australia.

Head of arts for British Council Wales, Rebecca Gould, explains:

“Wales has an outstanding tradition of world-class, site-specific theatre. In recent years, companies including our two national theatres, National Theatre Wales and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, have produced critically and publicly acclaimed performances such as {150}, which took place in the Royal Opera House stores near Aberdare and Mametz, performed in woodland near Usk. City of the Unexpected is a great chance for our international visitors to see the Welsh creative sector doing what it does best.

“The delegates will take part in a programme of activities that will help them understand how Welsh arts organisations create and manage these special performances, both artistically and practically.”

They will also meet some of the leading practitioners and organisers of the performances, and be able share ideas and questions, as well as making new contacts and developing their networks within Wales’ creative sector.

Notes to Editor

List of Delegates

Hye Ran Hwang Korea

Founding member and Workshop Leader of Performance Group TUIDA 

Festival Director for the British Council Lagos Theatre Festival 

Jacob Boehme           Australia                      

Artistic Director of IDJA  

Krzysztof Bielaszka    Poland                        

International Projects Coordinator, Artists-in-Residence Programme A-i-R WRO 

Jakub Kulasa            Poland                         

Head of Literature Department in Krakow Festival Office:

Anurupa Roy               India                            

Puppeteer, puppet designer and director of the puppet theatre Kat Katha

Yo Sup Bae                 Korea                          

Director of Performance Group TUIDA  

Sudip Chakraborthy    Bangladesh                

Chairman and Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Dhaka

Jake Oorloff                Sri Lanka                    

Founder Floating Space Theatre Company

Ambra Floris       Italy                             

Sardegna Teatro 

Yusrah Bardien           South Africa                

Communications and Marketing Manager ASSITEJ South Africa

Anahera Higgins         New Zealand               

Māori Programmer, Arts and Culture, Matariki Festival 

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