Caitlin - Light, Ladd & Emberton
Caitlin - Light, Ladd & Emberton ©

Warren  Orchard

In January 2019, four Welsh artists and arts organisations travel to Kolkata, often referred to as the culture capital of India, to present their work in theatre, dance and literature.

The projects will present work at prestigious festivals in the city, undertake workshops with local schools, students and arts professionals and speak on panels and deliver lectures alongside leading Indian culture professionals. 

Wales in Kolkata, the season of Welsh arts activity and collaboration, is supported by the British Council and Wales Arts International - details of the programme can be found below. This festival is a result of the relationships and networks formed by the 2017-18 India Wales season, a major programme of artistic collaboration between Wales and India, which has paved the way for lasting international cultural networks between the two countries. 

Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport & Tourism said: “I am pleased to see the cultural links between Wales and India continue to strengthen, particularly on the back of all the fantastic work that occurred as part of the Wales/India Season of 2017-18, and Wales being the featured nation at this year’s Kerala Literature Festival. Once again the best of Welsh culture will be on display for Indian audiences to experience, and I wish all participants a successful Festival.”

Debanjan Chakrabarti, director British Council East and Northeast India, says he hopes the visit will continue to widen and deepen links between Wales and the vital North East region of India: “Through our work in arts we aim to inspire and excite people and make sustainable connections in the UK and India. The four organisations from Wales and their Indian partners have had the opportunity to work closely over the last two years with support from the British Council and Wales Arts International. In January 2019 we are delighted to welcome the Welsh contingent to Kolkata and hope they will make deeper and wider links in East and Northeast India.”  



Light, Ladd & Emberton partnering with the Kolkata-based Pickle Factory Dance Foundation will perform their  immersive dance production Caitlin, selected for the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2017. The acclaimed show, which will be staged at the Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan hall, chronicles the popular Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ tumultuous relationship with his wife Caitlin.

The show is on Tuesday 22 and 24 January at 7pm, and Friday 25 January at 6pm/8pm. Tickets cost Rs. 500 and can be bought here

Throughout the festival Light, Ladd & Emberton’s performers will also undertake workshops, beginning with the students of Kala Bhavan in Santiniketan and then for theatre enthusiasts in Kolkata, where they will share their skills and creative knowledge. Eddie Ladd, one of Wales’ leading dance and performance artists who performs in Caitlin, will lead a panel discussion with Ayesha Jalal and Samantak Das on Troubled Geniuses: Dylan Thomas and Manto at the Kolkata Literary Meet, Victoria Memorial on the 26th January at 3.20pm. Ticket holders to the festival can attend this. 


Theatre Iolo, with their passion for delivering meaningful theatre for young audiences, is all set to enthral Kolkata with their production of Transporter, a spoken word odyssey, written and performed by Catherine Dyson, that captures the journey of a young girl called Maya. Again the company partners with Kolkata-based Think Arts, who work in arts with young audiences, who Theatr Iolo worked with when taking their expertise in theatre for babies to India for their #IndiaWales project.

They will hold workshops and performances at Birla Academy of Art and Culture and Modern High School for Girls. Theatr Iolo will be accompanied by their award-winning artistic director Lee Lyford and will present Transporter on 23 January at 6pm at the Junior Kolkata Literary Meet, Victoria Memorial Hall. The show will be open to the public, ages 16+ and will not be ticketed. However, people will need to register beforehand. 


The Dylan Thomas Prize is the world's largest literary prize for young writers and is based at Swansea University. 

This year's prize winner, Kayo Chingonyi is travelling to Jaipur Literature Festival to deliver a series of talks. Accompanying him to India are Swansea University academics Dr Elaine Canning and Prof. Daniel Williams. 

Prof Daniel Williams will deliver a Dylan Thomas lecture on 'The Loss of the Beloved: Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Alun Lewis, Caitlin and Dylan Thomas’ at the British Council in Kolkata. The session will also see a presentation by Dr Elaine Canning of the International Dylan Thomas Prize, enlightening the audience about the world’s largest literary prize for young writers. They will also undertake workshops and provide lectures about the life and inspirations of Dylan Thomas, at venues including the Kolkata Policy Library on 22 January at 4pm and South City International School.

There will also be a lecture on Dylan Thomas and the similarities between Celtic and Indian work at the British Council library on 24 January at 7pm. Later, the two scholars will head to the world’s largest literature fair, the Jaipur Literature Festival to inform attendees about its world-leading literature prize. 


Gary Raymond, novelist and renowned editor of Wales Arts Review, will also be part of the Wales in Kolkata delegation. He will launch an anthology of short stories by Welsh writers ‘Renegade Wales: Revolutionary New Voices in Welsh Fiction’ in collaboration with Indian publishers BEE Books at the British Council and will also be present at the Kolkata Literature Festival at the Kolkata Book Fair on 2 February. Gary is a critically acclaimed novelist, author of the ‘brilliant and unnerving’ (Bookseller) The Golden Orphans, published by Welsh Publisher Parthian, and will also undertake creative writing and publishing workshops at venues including the iLEAD Media and Management Institute on 21 January at 1.30pm and the Kolkata Press Club, 25 January at 1pm.

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