Coinciding with the date change are proposals to extend the content and reach of the festival, made possible by a significant uplift in funding for the event. The 2012 festival will expand to an 11 day celebration at the beginning of May with concerts taking place at locations in and around the Vale of Glamorgan. In addition, the Festival is looking forward to increasing opportunities to linking up and working with national institutions outside the Vale.
"This is an exciting new chapter in our history" commented the Festival’s founder and Artistic Director, John Metcalf. "We have long wanted to develop projects with partners in both the arts and higher education sector. The move to spring dates opens up a host of opportunities for us to forge closer collaborations with a range of organisations".
One element of the festival that will remain constant is its commitment to celebrating the work of living composers. That commitment will be strengthened by plans to develop a major commissioning programme supported by Arts Council of Wales (ACW), international and national partners and a new ‘Commissioning Circle’ of individual givers.
A key element of the Festival’s artistic policy and its profile internationally has been the on-going investment it its pioneering work by ACW and the Vale of Glamorgan Council. "This is a remarkable vote of confidencel" says Metcalf. "We are all aware of the financial pressures on public funders and local authorities so we look on this as a ringing endorsement of our work and its success in both serving the communities of the Vale and in bringing national and international visitors to the area".
This support has provided an all-important springboard for developing international partnerships. The Festival is on course to secure upwards of £50,000 from international sources for 2012 and is committed to retaining this level of funding for 2013 and 2014. Financial backing from Denmark and the Confucius Institute, based at Trinity St David’s University will contribute to visits from Danish and Chinese artists next year whilst the support of the Chicago-based organisation Soli Deo Gloria will secure a series of choral commissions. Metcalf concludes, "At a time of severe cutbacks in public funding, this inward investment in the cultural life of Wales is even more valuable".
The programme for the 2012 Festival will be announced early next year.
For further information, contact: Jennifer Hill, General Manager
Tel: 029 2045 9490