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PROCESSIONS is a mass participation artwork taking place in Cardiff on Sunday 10th June 2018.
Produced by Artichoke in partnership with Festival of Voice and Wales Millennium Centre and commissioned by 14-18 NOW, PROCESSIONS will celebrate one hundred years since the first British women won the right to vote.
On Sunday 10th June, women (including those who identify as women and non-binary) and girls in Cardiff will walk together in this celebratory living artwork. Processions will also be taking place simultaneously in London, Belfast and Edinburgh.
Participants will each be given a wrap to wear in either green, white or violet - the suffragette colours. They will be choreographed into bands to appear as a flowing river of colour through the city streets, creating a living portrait of women and girls in the 21st century.
As part of the project, 100 organisations across the UK - including Peak Cymru, Span Arts and Theatr Clwyd in Wales – have been commissioned to create handmade banners in collaboration with female artists, which participants will carry on the processions. The banners will voice the hopes and concerns of women in the 21st century.
Several leading Welsh woman have joined PROCESSIONS as ambassadors and will be walking through the streets of Cardiff in recognition of how far women’s equality has come in the last century - and how far we still have to go.
Laura McAllister CBE, a Welsh academic and champion of Welsh sports, having played 24 caps for Wales women's national football team and held the position as Chair of Sport Wales from 2010 - 2016
- “I support this exciting initiative because I want my daughter to grow up with the same opportunities and prospects as boys. I’m not prepared to wait for the snail’s pace change with which some seem comfortable.”
Carolyn Hitt, award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author whose voice has provided social and cultural commentary in the Welsh media for more than 20 years
- “I’m delighted to support the Processions project. I’ve always been fascinated by the stories of the Welsh women who fought for the vote and it’s so important to celebrate their courage in this centenary year.”
Welsh actress and singer Carys Eleri, known for her creative and sometime irreverent performances exploring life as a 21st century woman
- “I cannot believe it’s only a hundred years since women won the right to vote. I’m 35 so my great grandmother wouldn’t have had that right. The Festival of Voice in Cardiff is making the female voice loud, clear and oh so beautiful - a celebration for having won the right to use it. I’m overjoyed to have been asked to be ambassador for PROCESSIONS to wear the suffragette colours to pay homage and truly think about what this means for us nowadays. Diolch ferched!”
Dilys Price, holder of the Guinness World Record for the oldest female skydiver in the world and founder of Touch Trust, a charity which provide creative movement programmes for individuals with learning disabilities
Lisa Jên, lead singer of one of Wales’ most celebrated and distinctive bands, 9 Bach
The project has been made possible in Wales with support from our proud partner NatWest, Arts Council of Wales, the Welsh Government, Cardiff Council Cultural Projects Scheme, the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, and by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
For more information please contact:
Nia Llewelyn Jones | firstname.lastname@example.org | +44 0797 451 9360
Alice Clifford | email@example.com | 0203 463 2087
Government Equalities Office
It’s A Monthly Thing
Arts Council Wales
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Arts Council Northern Ireland
Belfast City Council
Edinburgh City Council
Greater London Authority
New Zealand High Commission
Cardiff Council’s Cultural Projects Scheme
The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK
Worshipful Company of Carpenters
Artichoke core funders
Arts Council England
Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund