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The Bards of Wales - Projection mapping

Saturday 21 October 2017, 4 times per hour between 7pm and 10pm
St John the Baptist Church
3 St John St, Cardiff CF10 1GJ



The Bards of Wales
A unique projection mapping in the capital of Wales
presenting the story of the Bards and commemorating the anniversary of the birth of the Hungarian Poet János Arany

One of the most interesting links between Welsh and Hungarian culture is The Bards of Wales: the legend of 500 bards, executed in Montgomery in 1277, and a very-well-known Hungarian poem telling their story.

The year 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the writer of the poem, one of Hungary's greatest poets, János Arany. The legend of the Welsh bards, thanks to this famous writing, is a story that every Hungarian learns by heart in school. The poem has been translated to English and Welsh, and also Welsh composer Karl Jenkins wrote a cantata based on it in 2011, but it is still barely known in the United Kingdom.


According to the legend, King Edward I executed 500 Welsh bards for failing to sing his praises at a banquet in Montgomery Castle in 1277. Arany saw parallels between the story of the bards and the situation in Hungary at his time. In 1857 when Emperor of Austria Franz Joseph toured Hungary and it was suggested that his visit should be commemorated by a poem. Arany was a well-liked poet who had translated Shakespeare, but together with his fellow writers he refused to compose poems in praise of the head of a hated regime. Instead he wrote the epic ballad 'A Walesi Bárdok' (The Bards of Wales) for private circulation, publishing it only in 1863, disguised as a translation of an old English ballad in order to bypass the Austrian censors.

To commemorate the anniversary of our great poet and to highlight this unique cultural link between Wales and Hungary, the Hungarian Cultural Centre is organising a spectacular event in Cardiff on the 21st October 2017. A short, animated audio-visual projection mapping will be initiated telling the story of the bards on the beautiful facade of the centrally located St John the Baptist Church.
The animation will be projected repetitively 4 times per hour from 7pm to 10pm for one evening.

Designed by a group of Hungarian visual artists, the Glowing Bulbs.
For a teaser of their previous works, check their Website / Facebook page / Youtube channel.

You are also very welcome to join the roundtable discussion Remembering "The Bards of Wales"
organised by Creative Industries Research Institute, University of South Wales.
DATE AND TIME: Saturday 21 October 2017 2.30pm to 5pm
LOCATION: ATRIUM, Zen room (CA B403) 86-88 Adam Street, Cardiff, CF24 2FN
More details about the programme here.


Come and join us on 21 October!


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