The countdown is on to the 24 Hour Culture event, starting at noon on Friday 21 October, open right across South East Wales, to find out how and why people experience arts and culture in their everyday lives, over a given 24 hour period.
A short questionnaire will go live at www.24hourculture.wales and is set to shout about the events, venues, organised activities and clubs that respondents might have attended between noon on 21 October and noon on 22 October, right across the community. The survey also wants to hear about interests and hobbies that people undertake during that time, which might include reading a book or watching a film, listening to music, singing or writing poetry.
The initiative is commissioned by What Next? Cardiff and What Next? Valleys, a collective of key arts organisations and individuals in Wales. Over thirty wide-ranging partners are behind the event. The survey covers all arts and culture activities in ten areas, from Cardiff and Caerphilly to Merthyr Tydfil and Monmouthshire.
Leading figures involved in arts and culture across Wales are supporting the event too. Welsh actor Michael Sheen said
“We can’t know who we are or who we want to be unless we can imagine it first. Art and culture is all about possibility. It’s how we process what it is to be human and alive. Every time I read a book, listen to music, watch a film or TV series I expand what is possible for myself. It’s not a luxury – it’s at the very heart of who we are.”
Economy and Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates, said:
“Arts, culture and heritage are at the heart of Wales and play an important role in bringing people and communities together. I welcome the ‘What Next?’ 24 hour culture survey as an opportunity to celebrate the way in which people enjoy and take part in cultural activities – not just through our great arts, culture and heritage organisations but also in homes and communities. Through our Fusion initiative, the Welsh Government is driving up access to culture in some of our most disadvantaged communities, supporting people to gain confidence and skills and helping to boost attainment.”
International harpist Catrin Finch, and singer/songwriter and Welsh TV personality Kizzy Crawford, appear in a short film for the event, to be launched on Buzz TV, which shouts about the rich offering South East Wales has across its arts and culture scene. Catrin Finch, a keen advocate of making culture accessible to all, added
“Culture is part of who we are, it allows us to express ourselves, and enhances lives and communities, regardless of language.”
24 volunteers will also have their 24 hours of arts and culture choices profiled in a little more detail for the project’s online gallery.
For updates, follow @24HrCulture on Twitter and see Facebook.com/24HourCulture. The official website at www.24hourculture.wales also features a whole selection of events and activities taking place across South East Wales, for inspiration.