Acrobatics on a vertically hanging rope
Performance Group TUIDA ©


UK/Korea Creative Futures 2017 is a year-long celebration that will showcase the UK and Korea’s creativity and innovation through a season of arts and cultural events.

We will showcase the best of UK dance, theatre, film, visual arts, literature, music, architecture, design, fashion and creative economy between February 2017 and March 2018 in multiple cities across Korea.

The season will help to connect with new audiences, develop new creative collaborations and strengthen the relationship between the UK and Korea.

It is hoped the joint year will inspire more creative collaboration between artists and arts organisations in the UK and Korea, and encourage increased mobility and innovation in the arts and creative sectors for both countries.

The Creative Futures year also aims to further boost UK business, education and science in Korea, and facilitate long term and sustainable partnerships through market development, new networks and increased mobility.

We are delighted that two Welsh projects have been selected to be part of the UK/Korea Creative Futures season that will bring together leading artists and arts organisations from Wales and Korea.

 Programme of Welsh projects:

Music Theatre Wales

Opera <The Golden Dragon>

31 March – 2 April 2017, Korea

Music Theatre Wales (MTW) is a touring contemporary opera company, based in Cardiff, Wales.

They perform newly commissioned works, alongside existing pieces from the recent past which are either neglected or have been unseen in the UK.

Works are toured across the UK and internationally, over its 22-year history MTW has performed almost 30 productions and 14 world premieres. In 2002 it became the first Associate Company of the Royal Opera House.

Following its success with the performance of Greek in 2015, and in partnership with Wales Arts International we are pleased to be supporting Music Theatre Wales to return to the Tongyeong International Music Festival in Korea, with another thrilling new opera by Peter Eötvös, brought to life with their characteristic theatrical flair and musical virtuosity. 

Set in a Pan-Asian restaurant found in any city anywhere, <The Golden Dragon> is a compelling fable of modern life - funny, shocking and touching in equal measure. 

While in Korea, Music Theatre Wales will also deliver a two-day workshop for up to ten theatre directors interested in learning more about directing contemporary opera.

Find out more 

National Theatre Wales and Performance Group TUIDA (South Korea)

Artists’ Playground: Tutbat


International performance residency (Korea and Wales)

11 – 22 September 2017

National Theatre Wales (NTW) has been making English-language productions in locations all over Wales, the UK, internationally and online since March 2010. They operate from a small base in Cardiff city centre, but work all over the country using Wales’ rich and diverse landscape, its towns, cities and villages, and stories as their inspiration.

In partnership with Wales Arts International, we are pleased to be supporting National Theatre Wales and Performance Group TUIDA (South Korea) to come together to offer a brand new and unique artist residency in South Korea. Based on the experience and methods of both companies, the Artists’ Playground will focus on supporting the creation of innovative ideas, artistic experiments and cross-cultural collaborations.

What will it be like:

Artists’ Playground is for adventurous, inquisitive and collaborative artists working across a variety of art forms (theatre, choreography, writing, live art, installation, digital practices etc) and who are looking for an opportunity to spend time developing their practice alongside others. During the residency, there will be time for making and sharing new work, for reflection, discussion and investigation of personal approaches to making, and how work is made in the wider world.

The group will be made up of a diverse group of 16 artists at different stages of their careers, from emerging to more established. As a participant, you will have the space and time to test out ideas, working with other members of the group. There will be opportunities for you to share what you have been up to, and to engage in critical discourse.

DEADLINE: 31 March 2017 at 18:00 (GMT)

For more information, email National Theatre Wales