In the next of our Future for Wales series, we take a different approach to our ‘keywords’ that help to define the political agenda for the future here in Wales and in the UK.
Over the last six months, we have examined a range of topics where ethical and political problems confront us all with difficult choices that will shape our futures: sustainability, energy, the value of nature, well-being, democracy and work. Facing an uncertain future does not just present us with intellectual quandaries, however. It is a situation that can produce strong, and often negative, emotions – anxiety, fear and even despair – by forcing us to imagine the futures we, our children and their children may inhabit.
If society needs to change, then whatever this process involves will be difficult and maybe painful. Yet uncertainty is also necessary for there to be hope about the future. How, then, can we deal with the uncertainties evoked by our key themes without becoming victim to fear and foreboding? What role does creativity, and art in particular, have in helping us make sense of uncertainty in ways that help us take action to shape our world? Can we rely on the stories of progress that have, historically, shaped our sense of what the future may hold? Or do we need different stories to sustain us?
This Cafe will be the first of two this month in which we explore these themes with the aid of arts practitioners from Wales whose work connects powerfully to the experience of uncertainty in the face of the future. On 16th July, we are joined by Gareth Clark (Mr and Mrs Clark), Fern Smith (Volcano Theatre), and Simon Whitehead. This Cafe will feature a performance from Simon and talks from Fern and Gareth.
On 23rd July, we will be joined by Rhodri Thomas, Carolina Vasquez and Chris Young who will present an excerpt from their upcoming multi-media piece, Who’s Afraid? (based on a poem and artworks by Susan Richardson and Pat Gregory) as an introduction to discussion.
For both events, we shall as usual be at The Gate from 8.00pm.
To tweet about this Cafe, please use the hashtag #cpccreate. These two Cafes follow on from two recent events organized at Aberystwyth Arts Centre as part of the Environmental Futures Dialogue project.
Funded by Cynnal Cymru