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Meet Fred in China

A two foot tall cloth puppet from Wales called Fred that fights prejudice every day has opened a door for long term partnership between the performing arts in Wales and China. 24 May 2018

Three actors support and handle Meet Fred the puppet

A two foot tall cloth puppet from Wales called Fred that fights prejudice every day has opened a door for long term partnership between the performing arts in Wales and China.

Ahead of the Chinese premiere of Meet Fred in Shanghai today (Thursday 24 May), Arts Council of Wales and AC Orange, China’s largest private performing arts company, will sign an agreement that aims to develop a performing arts collaboration exchange between Wales and China that will lead to numerous companies from Wales touring to China over the coming three years and beyond.

Clare Williams Chief Executive Officer of Hijinx said:

"We’re delighted to be performing in China. No matter where we perform all the audiences empathise with the voice of the outsider whom Fred represents. At Hijinx we believe in the right of everyone to lead a rich cultural life and through our productions we aim to demonstrate the brilliance of our effortlessly talented learning disabled performers. We’re very grateful to British Council China and Wales Arts International for supporting this visit and to AC Orange who have invited us to perform in Shanghai."

Tina Shao Vice President of AC Orange said:

"AC Orange launched our ‘Artist’s Dream Project’ last year to support 100 artists and artist groups to tour 1000 performances internationally. We’re delighted to invite Fred to meet with Chinese audiences. Meet Fred challenges the perception of theatre and social stereotypes, and is a symbol of marginalized people. That’s what we value and cherish the most. This cooperation between AC Orange and Hijinx opens the path for more opportunities and leads to the partnership with Arts Council of Wales. The agreement will see more cultural exchanges between Wales and China."

Hijinx participated in the Culture programme of the Welsh Government’s Trade Mission to China earlier this year, organised by Wales Arts International in partnership with British Council China, which was crucial in securing the deal for the company.

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

"We are very proud of the achievements of Hijinx. They are important and timely steps in both the trajectory of inclusive arts and the growing cultural relationship between China and Wales. It’s important to us that our investment in Hijinx is enabling them to be leading the way at home in Wales, in the UK and around the world. Arts companies and practitioners in both countries will benefit from access to new markets as well as the cross cultural sharing and exchange of skills and practices that will come on the back of this agreement."

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