October 4, 2017 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
ATRIUM, Cinema (CA B205)
Because We did Not Choose | Documentary | 92 mins | English | Khasi |Welsh | Pnar (with English subtitles). The screening is followed by a Q&A with film maker Wanphrang K Diengdoh.
100 years have passed since the First World War began- the war that was the beginning of all wars. Nations and communities all over the world have directly or indirectly been affected by it. Some of these experiences are evident today while some have been internalised as time glosses over pages of history. ‘Because we did not choose’ looks at the First World War and the involvement of communities at a time when spaces inhabited by them were transitioning or struggling to accommodate modernity and the rest of its implications. Shot over a period of 4 years, this is the only film from India that examines the participation of indigenous labour in the theatres of First World War.
The film is a meticulous documentation of the journey made by the labourers from North East India to the war front. Research and filming was carried out in Shillong and other adjoining villages, Guwahait, Kolkata, Chennai (where the German sinker Emden struck a portion of Fort St. George in 1914) France, Wales England. The film was also shot in France with the help and support of the Commonwealth War graves Commission.
October 21, 2017 2:30 p.m.
ATRIUM, Zen room (CA B403)
Marking the occasion of the bicentenary of the birth of Hungarian poet János Arany, we are organising a roundtable discussion to examine one of his most significant works: the ballad entitled “The Bards of Wales”, which was set to music by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins (2011). The roundtable of experts will examine Arany’s heritage, the relevance of this genre of narrative poetry and that of the poem itself then and now, the role of the bard, storytelling with music, and historical correspondences between what we might term two small nations: the Welsh and the Hungarians.
November 25, 2017 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Theatre Soar, Pontmorlais, Merthyr Tydfi, CF47 8UB
What are the lost musical histories of popular music in Merthyr Tydfil and how do they resonate with the mainstream? How can lost local musical memories of the past resonate with young people today and how can these histories impact our identities?
Via a week long series of workshops, residents and school children in Merthyr Tydfil will be given the opportunity to discover the rich history of popular music that has taken place in their town, between 1955 to 1975.
Led by musicologist professor Paul Carr and director Peter Morgan Barnes, the activities commence with a day long workshop that facilitates community members to explore what they remember, prior to recording a series of short individual digital stories. Through a series of workshops, these reminiscences will then be used as a creative starting point for school children to recreate their own interpretations of these lost histories.
A final event at Theatre Soar will showcase the work to the public. This project is taking place as of this years Being Human Festival, in partnership with First Campus, Merthyr Library Services and Theatre Soar.