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Hijinx Unity Festival Cardiff - Inclusive & Disability Arts from Europe & Africa

  • Published: 2015-06-19 (Revised/Updated 2015-07-15) : Author: Hijinx Unity Festival : Contact: www.hijinxunity.org.uk
  • Synopsis: Information regarding 2015 Hijinx Unity Festival in Cardiff 1st to 5th July including event days and times.

Quote: "This year for the third time, Hijinx Unity Festival will form part of Cardiff Festival, a program of city-wide events and festivals taking place over the summer months."

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Inclusive and disability arts from Europe and Africa will fill the streets of Cardiff this Summer at Hijinx Unity Festival 1st to 5th July 2015

Hijinx Unity Festival is an international arts festival celebrating the best inclusive and disability arts from the UK, Europe and around the world. It was created in 2008 by Welsh theatre company Hijinx.

Hijinx Founded in 1981 by Gaynor Lougher and Richard Berry, Hijinx are an inclusive theatre company based in Cardiff who also train actors with learning disabilities across Wales. The company's mission is to produce, pioneer and promote stunning inclusive performance locally, nationally and internationally.

Jaw-dropping circus, roaming theatre shows, trapeze artists, dancers and musicians will fill the streets of Cardiff this July in a celebration of the best inclusive and disability arts from around the world.

Performers from Mozambique, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy and the UK will perform in Hijinx Unity Festival from 1-5 July in Cardiff's vibrant City Center and at the prestigious Wales Millennium Center.

Hijinx Unity Festival is created by Welsh theatre company Hijinx to give a high profile platform to stunning work made by disabled and non-disabled artists working together as equals.

Through a high quality program of performing arts, the Festival promotes positive images of disability and social inclusion to audiences and has grown to attract over 10,000 visitors a time since its creation in 2008.

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Highlights of the 2015 line up include a weekend of free performances on The Hayes, Cardiff City Center on 4-5 July. Much of the Hayes including Tabernacle church will be transformed into an eye-catching performance space, with more pop up venues in Royal & Morgan Arcade.

Headlining the weekend are dare-devil French circus artists Cirque Inextremiste with a breath-taking balancing act above the Hayes.

They will be joined by German theatre company Blaumeier-Atelier, puppetry theatre specialists About Face Theatre, Seville-based dance company Danza Mobile, visually impaired trapeze artist Amelia Cavallo and Hijinx's own pop-up theatre shows 'The Pods', to name but a few acts.

Internationally renowned dancer, Marc Brew, and his company will perform a dance piece set on a deserted island made from six tonnes of sand.

The Festival also offers a ticketed program of work at Wales Millennium Center from 1-5 July, including hard-hitting performance art from Mozambican artist Panaibra Canda, spell-binding dance theatre from Italian company Teatro la Ribalta, physical theatre from Belgian company Theater Stap and Cirque Inextremiste's new show Extension in which one performer trades in his wheelchair for a mini-digger.

OPENING THE FESTIVAL: HIJINX AND PUNCHDRUNK ENRICHMENT COLLABORATION

Hijinx Unity Festival will launch with Beneath the Streets: Lost and Found, a theatrical adventure created in collaboration between Hijinx and Punchdrunk Enrichment which will take place in a secret location in Cardiff.

Featuring a large cast of disabled and non-disabled actors, it is the sequel to Beneath the Streets which had a sell-out run in 2014 and was nominated for Best Production in the English Language at the Wales Theatre Awards 2015.

The performance will run from 26 Jun to 3 July, overlapping with the first three days of the Festival.

SCHOOLS DAY

This year for the first time the Festival includes a Schools' Day for Year 6 and 7 pupils focused on inclusive performance, to inspire the next generation about the abilities of people who live with a disability. 200 pupils from Blackwood Comprehensive, Cantonian High School and their feeder primaries will spend a day at Wales Millennium Center watching performances and meeting disabled artists. The day has been generously supported by Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust.

FUNDERS

Thanks to funding from Welsh Assembly Government's Major Events Unit and the Arts Council of Wales, this year's festival sees more international companies performing than ever before and in a more visible location right in the heart of the City Center, giving people who have never seen inclusive and disability arts the chance to enjoy them.

Ben Pettitt-Wade, Hijinx's Artistic Director commented:

I am hugely excited about this year's festival which is our most ambitious yet in terms of the variety of locations we are using, from the City's main shopping streets to Wales Millennium Center and a church! Plus of course the new secret location of 'Beneath the Streets: Lost and Found'. It is also a year of firsts: the first year we will present a free performance program in the City Center, the first year we will welcome an inclusive performance from Africa and the first time we are creating a pit-stop and picnic area for families and other festival-goers to enjoy.

Nick Capaldi, Chief Executive, Arts Council of Wales said:

"We are delighted to be working in partnership with Hijinx on Wales' only inclusive arts festival. This unique Festival celebrates the best in international inclusive theatre. This thought-provoking festival will offer new and exciting ways of enjoying a range of arts experiences. Featuring some exceptional people, with and without learning disabilities, the Unity Festival shows the excitement, innovation and fun that we can all have when we forget what separates us and remember what unites us."

Louise Miles-Crust from Wales Millennium Center commented:

We are thrilled to be working with Hijinx on the eighth Hijinx Unity Festival. The line up of international acts visiting the Center is once again of an outstanding quality. I'm especially excited to see Cirque Inextremiste returning to the Center with their new show, as well as the powerful performance of 'Borderlines' from Mozambican artist Panaibra Canda, who is making his Welsh debut at the Center.

This year for the third time, Hijinx Unity Festival will form part of Cardiff Festival, a program of city-wide events and festivals taking place over the summer months.

Councilor Peter Bradbury, Cabinet Member for Community Development, Co-operatives and Social Enterprise said;

"Each year Cardiff Festival strives to deliver a diverse range of events for people of all ages, celebrating the best in culture, sport and family entertainment - all taking place in Wales's capital city. The summer will welcome back some firm favorites on the city's calendar, attracting many residents and visitors alike. I am delighted that Hijinx Unity Festival will be returning again this year and I can't wait to see what spectacles they will bring to the celebration."

Tickets

Tickets are on sale and are available from Wales Millennium Center on 02920 636464 and at wmc.org.uk. Tickets for Beneath the Streets: Lost and Found can be purchased at both Wales Millennium Center and Chapter Arts Center (www.chapter.org.uk / 029 2030 4400).

For the full program and more information on the Festival including information on accessibility, see www.hijinxunity.org.uk

Hijinx Unity Festival Dates & Times

LISTINGS - Correct as at 11 June 2015

Friday 26th June

7pm
Hijinx and Punchdrunk Enrichment
Beneath the Streets: Lost and Found
Secret Location in Cardiff City Center
£10/£6

9pm
Hijinx and Punchdrunk Enrichment
Beneath the Streets: Lost and Found
Secret Location in Cardiff City Center
£10/£6

Saturday 27th June

7pm
Hijinx and Punchdrunk Enrichment
Beneath the Streets: Lost and Found
Secret Location in Cardiff City Center
£10/£6

9pm
Hijinx and Punchdrunk Enrichment
Beneath the Streets: Lost and Found
Secret Location in Cardiff City Center
£10/£6

Sunday 28th June

3pm
Hijinx and Punchdrunk Enrichment
Beneath the Streets: Lost and Found
Secret Location in Cardiff City Center in Cardiff City Center
£10/£6

5pm
Hijinx and Punchdrunk Enrichment
Beneath the Streets: Lost and Found
Secret Location in Cardiff City Center
£10/£6

Monday 29th June

6pm
Community Dance Gala
Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Center
£5

Tuesday 30th June

7pm
Hijinx and Punchdrunk Enrichment
Beneath the Streets: Lost and Found
Secret Location in Cardiff City Center
Free

Wednesday 1st July

6.45pm
Stopgap
Bill and Bobby
Glanfa Foyer, Wales Millennium Center
Free

7pm
Hijinx and Punchdrunk Enrichment
Beneath the Streets: Lost and Found
Secret Location in Cardiff City Center
£10/£6

7.30pm
Panaibra Canda
Borderlines
Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Center
£10/£6

Thursday 2nd July

1pm and 5.45pm
Stopgap
Bill and Bobby
Glanfa Foyer, Wales Millennium Center
Free

6.30pm
Cirque Inextremiste
Demonstration
Glanfa Foyer, Wales Millennium Center
Free

7pm
Panaibra Canda
Borderlands
Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Center
£10/£6

7pm
Hijinx and Punchdrunk Enrichment
Beneath the Streets: Lost and Found
Secret Location in Cardiff City Center
£10/£6

8.15pm
Theater Stap
Zwaluwzang / A Swallow Song
Dance House, Wales Millennium Center
£10/£6

9pm
Hijinx and Punchdrunk Enrichment
Beneath the Streets: Lost and Found
Secret Location in Cardiff City Center
£10/£6

Friday 3rd July

11.15am
Taking Flight
The Winter's Tale
Tabernacl, The Hayes, City Center
Free

6.30pm
Hijinx and Punchdrunk Enrichment
Beneath the Streets: Lost and Found
Secret Location in Cardiff City Center
£10/£6

6.30pm
Flying Diplodocus
I Breathe
Glanfa Foyer, Wales Millennium Center
Free

7pm
Cirque Inextremiste
Extension
Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Center
£10/£6

20.15
Teatro La Ribalta
Nessuno sa di noi / Nobody knows about us
Dance House, Wales Millennium Center
£10/£6

9pm
Hijinx and Punchdrunk Enrichment
Beneath the Streets: Lost and Found
Secret Location in Cardiff City Center
£10/£6

Saturday 4th July

11am
Hijinx Prestatyn Academy
Soup
Stage 2, The Hayes, City Center
Free

11.15am
Taking Flight
The Winter's Tale
Tabernacl, The Hayes, City Center
Free

11.25am
Hijinx Odyssey
This Is Your Life, This Is
Stage 3, The Hayes, City Center
Free

11.30am
About Face
My Apple Dumpling Girl
Stage 4, The Hayes, City Center
Free

12pm
Danza Mobile
2x2
Stage 2, The Hayes, City Center
Free

12.05pm
Hijinx Pod
The Waiting Room
Stage 6, The Hayes, City Center
Free

12.25pm
Hijinx Pod
Flossie and Jet
Stage 3, The Hayes, City Center
Free

12.30pm
Access All Areas
Eye Queue Hear
Stage 4, The Hayes, City Center
Free

12.45pm
Blaumeier-Atelier
The Brides
Stage 5, The Hayes, City Center
Free

12.45pm
Stopgap
The Awakening
Stage 2, The Hayes, City Center
Free

1.05pm
Hijinx Pod
The Waiting Room
Stage 6, The Hayes, City Center
Free

1.10pm
Compagnie Creation Ephemere
Didascalies/Stage Directions
Stage 3, The Hayes, City Center
Free

1.15pm
Disability Arts Cymru
Open Mic Poetry Slam
Stage 4, The Hayes, City Center
Free

1.25pm
Marc Brew
(i)land
Stage 4, The Hayes, City Center
Free

1.30pm
Hijinx Pod
Snooks Aquatic
Stage 2, The Hayes, City Center
Free

2pm
Cirque Inextremiste
Extramites
Stage 1, The Hayes, City Center
Free

3pm
Danza Mobile
2x2
Stage 2, The Hayes, City Center
Free

3.05pm
Blaumeier-Atelier
The Brides
Stage 5, The Hayes, City Center
Free

3.05pm
Access All Areas
Eye Queue Hear
Stage 4, The Hayes, City Center
Free

3.10pm
Hijinx Pod
Snoutology
Stage 6, The Hayes, City Center
Free

3.25pm
Hijinx Pod
Flossie and Jet
Stage 3, The Hayes, City Center
Free

3.30pm
Taking Flight
The Winter's Tale
Tabernacl, The Hayes, City Center
Free

3.45pm
Stopgap
The Awakening
Stage 2, The Hayes, City Center
Free

3.50pm
About Face
My Apple Dumpling Girl
Stage 4, The Haye. City Center
Free

4.10pm
Compagnie Creation Ephemere
Didascalies/Stage Directions
Stage 3, The Hayes, City Center
Free

4.30pm
Hijinx Pod
Snooks Aquatic
Stage 2, The Hayes, City Center
Free

4.45pm
Hijinx Pod
Snoutology
Stage 6, The Hayes, City Center
Free

5pm
Blaumeier-Atelier
The Brides
Stage 5, The Hayes, City Center
Free

5.05pm
Access All Areas
Eye Queue Hear
Stage 4, The Hayes, City Center
Free

5.10pm
Hijinx Odyssey
This Is Your Life, This Is
Stage 3, The Hayes, City Center
Free

5.15pm
Hijinx Prestatyn Academy
Soup
Stage 2, The Hayes, City Center
Free

5.30pm
Marc Brew
(i)land
Stage 4, The Hayes, City Center
Free

6.30pm
Flying Diplodocus
I Breathe
Glanfa Foyer, Wales Millennium Center
Free

7pm
Cirque Inextremiste
Extension
Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Center
£10/£6

8.15pm
Teatro La Ribalta
Nessuno sa di noi / Nobody knows about us
Dance House, Wales Millennium Center
£10/£6

9.30pm
Festival Party featuring:
Captain Hotknives & Tourette's Hero and Vaguely Artistic
Glanfa Foyer, Wales Millennium Center
Free

Sunday 5th July

11am
Hijinx Odyssey
This Is Your Life, This Is
Stage 3, The Hayes, City Center
Free

11.45am
Danza Mobile
2x2
Stage 2, The Hayes, City Center
Free

12.05pm
Hijinx Pod
The Waiting Room
Stage 6, The Hayes, City Center
Free

12.10pm
Hijinx Pod
Flossie and Jet
Stage 3, The Hayes, City Center
Free

12.15pm
Access All Areas
Eye Queue Hear
Stage 4, The Hayes, City Center
Free

12.25pm
Marc Brew
(i)land
Stage 4, The Hayes, City Center
Free

12.30pm
Stopgap
The Awakening
Stage 2, The Hayes, City Center
Free

12.35pm
Blaumeier-Atelier
The Brides
Steg 5, The Hayes, City Center
Free

12.50pm
Hijinx Pod
Snoutology
Stage 6, The Hayes, City Center
Free

1pm
Compagnie Creation Ephemere
Didascalies/ Stage Directions
Stage 3, The Hayes, City Center
Free

1.05pm
About Face
My Apple Dumpling Girl
Stage 4, The Hayes, City Center
Free

1.20pm
Hijinx Pod
Snooks Aquatic
Stage 2, The Hayes, City Center
Free

1.45pm
Hijinx Pod
The Waiting Room
Stage 6, The Hayes, City Center
Free

1.55pm
Hijinx Pod
Flossie and Jet
Stage 3, The Hayes, City Center
Free

2pm
Disability Arts Cymru
Open Mic Poetry Slam
Stage 4, The Hayes, City Center
Free

2.15pm
Hijinx Odyssey
This Is Your Life, This Is
Stage 3, The Hayes, City Center
Free

2.20pm
Blaumeier-Atelier
The Brides
Stage 5, The Hayes, City Center
Fre

2.35pm
About Face
My Apple Dumpling Girl
Stage 4, The Hayes, City Center
Free

2.45pm
Danza Mobile
2x2
Stage 2, The Hayes, City Center
Free

3.05pm
Compagnie Creation Ephemere
Didascalies/ Stage Directions
Stage 3, The Hayes, City Center
Free

3.15pm
Hijinx Pod
The Waiting Room
Stage 6, The Hayes, City Center
Free

3.20pm
Stopgap
The Awakening
Stage 2, The Hayes, City Center
Free

3.25pm
Disability Arts Cymru
Open Mic Poetry Slam
Stage 4, The Hayes, City Center
Free

3.30pm
Blaumeier-Atelier
The Brides
Stage 5, The Hayes, City Center
Free

3.40pm
Hijinx Pod
Flossie and Jet
Stage 3, The Hayes, City Center
Free

3.55pm
Access All Areas
Eye Queue Hear
Stage 4, The Hayes, City Center
Free

4pm
Marc Brew
(i)land
Stage 4, The Hayes, City Center
Free

4.05pm
Hijinx Pod
Snoutology
Stage 6, The Hayes, City Center
Free

4.15pm
About Face
My Apple Dumpling Girl
Stage 4, the Hayes, City Center
Free

4.30pm
Hijinx Pod
Snooks Aquatic
Stage 2, The Hayes, City Center
Free

5pm
Cirque Inextremiste
Extramites
Stage 1, The Hayes, City Center
Free

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