National Theatre Wales: Egin

(peaceful music) (bird song) – It’s the job of the artist
to interrogate the society in which that person exists, and for something like climate change which is so monumentous, so huge, it’s something that I think
is affecting everybody. It is a societal problem as much as it is a scientific problem. – Climate change is personal, you know. It’s going to affect us personally and it does affect lots
of people personally. – We’re coming to a point where people are starting to get
quite anxious about it. – [Woman] Part of our
responsibility as artists is to be helping the communication of it and helping people to grasp it. – Egin is a two week artist
residency taking place in Snowdonia, in North Wales. – [Man] Mountains, lakes,
trees, overwhelmingly stunning. – [Woman] Very dramatic. We’ve really engaged with the environment. – You’ve got people who are critics, you’ve got poets, you’ve got musicians, you’ve got a designer,
got people who do weaving, documentary film makers. There’s people from Cardiff, Aberystwyth, and Bangladesh, and Tasmania,
and India and Uganda. But we’re all here in common cause. (upbeat music)
– We really wanted to sync the residency in a much more meaningful
way into a local community. – The local connectors was an idea for making each artist feel welcomed here. They were all bringing, hopefully bringing a connection before they arrived, but then once they’re here, they’ve been bringing in
resources and more contacts. One of our favorite parts
of the whole two weeks has been seeing these lovely
friendships building up and continued engagement,
more and more engagement from the connectors, plus
friends of connectors, and partners of connectors, and children, coming in and being
engaged over the two weeks. (bright music) – [Man] We programmed a series
of climate conversations which are open to the
local community here, focusing on four different themes. – [Lyndsey] The talks
moved from land first, then we moved into money which was really about
leveraging resources. And then from money we
went into rebellion, and from rebellion we’re going into hope. – There’s just been such a
hunger for this discussion. It feels like people
really want to spend time in a supported environment to discuss what the challenges are. – Snowdonia is such a special place. It’s been incredible to
share the rich diversity of our landscape and
heritage with the artists. We’ve introduced them to local historians, farmers, scientists and wardens, all giving their own personal perspective on what makes this place special to them. Welsh government has set a challenge to all public bodies in Wales to think more about how we
look after our environment. For organisations like ours, the way that people live is at
the heart of this challenge, and we need to find new ways
of talking about our future. (upbeat music) – I think somehow living
together this closely has brought that, like, reality to it. – It’s been really great to just be given the permission to play. – We don’t provide solutions, but we provide a dialogue,
create narratives, and probably give new perspectives. I think that’s what art should be. – The biggest thing really
I take away is the people. There’s something so magical about working towards a common goal. Trying to keep the planet
alive and trying to make sure that we can all see another day. – I think it’s absolutely brilliant that National Theatre Wales,
Natural Resources Wales, National Trust, our other
partners and collaborators have all actually
provided this opportunity and said “This is something
that we need to look at.” – I really feel the whole area has been slightly lifted by this, and there will be a
legacy in the local area, not just for the artists.

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