Art workshop uses Mabinogion to explore flooding reality
A fusion of art, myth and environmentalism! We're teaming up with rap legend Mr Phormula, drama champion Vickie from Pigtown Theatre and artist extraordinaire Ben Davis, to explore flooding through the eyes of local mythical creature, Yr Afanc.
Join us at the Conwy Comrades Club, Saturday 14 October, between11am – 3pm for this free event and fun for all the family.
Tying in with Visit Wales’ Year of Legends, we've teamed up with Pigtown Theatre CIC, to celebrate the fascinating tale of Yr Afanc, which hails from the ancient Mabinogion. It’s a story about a mythical creature who made its home in Afon Conwy. According to the legend, local flooding events and disruption to farmers’ crops and livestock were thought to be linked to Yr Afanc’s bad mood.
Ranger, Robert Parkinson said, “We’re calling on the community to help us create a 6 metre- long Afanc and explore the question – How can we keep Yr Afanc happy today?”
Families are encouraged to call in and help local artist Ben Davis create a life-sized Afanc from willow, driftwood and plastic waste. There will also be children’s rap workshops and the opportunity to star in the filming of the Afanc rap story led by Mr Phormula and Pigtown. Rap and filming sessions last about 45 minutes and run at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm.
The community day builds on a week-long series of workshops run at several local schools. Robert Parkinson added, “Yr Afanc has been a great tool for discussing local flooding and it’s a nice way to celebrate our Welsh heritage as well.”
As part of the Upper Conwy Catchment Project, run in partnership with Natural Resources Wales, the team has been looking at how water quality and water flow at the source on the Migneint, can affect flooding downstream in the Conwy Valley.
There will be a chance for people to learn more about the National Trust’s work with its partners over tea and coffee; suggest new ways of working and celebrate our rich heritage by getting creative.
Look out for the modern-day, life size Afanc at Conwy Food Festival later this month.