Why Wales?

In what way do art, aesthetic, experience and place sit at the heart of our public life? What cultural, social and environmental treasure does Wales hold today which other areas of Britain have forgotten?

Coleridge in Wales Festival seeks to discover how Welsh culture already understands and embodies the deep and exciting cultural dimensions served by Coleridge, and those inspired by him. Wales can understand Coleridge in a unique way.

Modern Welsh identity
The Welsh Government works in partnership with many organisations to seek transformational opportunities for the well being of individuals, organisations and communities in Wales. It recognises that we face many challenges as Wales repositions its relationship to the rest of the UK and the wider world. Cultural regeneration is recognised as an essential part of this challenge. There are many searching for new vision and creative ideas. This takes courage and imagination. The Coleridge in Wales Festival seeks to contribute in a major way to the debate about values and qualities that make Wales distinctive in its public life.

The Welsh Government is also introducing legislation that addresses sustainability and Future Generations. The international movement for sustainability has recently championed the role of Culture as key in developing new, imaginative, healthy, fair and strong economies and communities. The Coleridge in Wales Festival 2106 is delighted to be in partnership with Cynnal Cymru/Sustain Wales and The Wales We Want to promote courageous thinking, relationships and cultural action for our future well-being.

The Coleridge in Wales Festival is not a backward-looking re-visit of 18th and 19th century historic romanticism. It is a contemporary exploration, with institutions and communities, of unexplored intellectual streams and daily culture that emphasise the importance relationship and place in our communities and economies. The importance of relationship and place still feature very strongly in popular Welsh culture. The Festival seeks to champion this, and highlight forgotten structures of relationship and place which have a dynamic and creative offer for modern institutions and society. Exploring Coleridge and Iolo Morganwg’s work can help modern Wales better understand itself and its potential today.