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As we all begin to come to terms with keeping our loved ones and ourselves safe during a pandemic, negotiating restrictions and lockdowns, Culture Colony has adapted the way we work to continue providing our video filming services to the creative sector. And, we have extended what we can offer into new exciting ways to help artists and arts organisations maintain their links with audiences and galleries during these difficult times.

Livestreaming has become an increasingly essential part of connecting with audiences in real-time. Culture Colony’s new livestreaming service has become an accessible and innovative platform for creativity and entertainment to be shared via the internet. Over the past year or so, we have livestreamed various festivals, live conversations and interviews.

Mike Parker’s Season Salon has been a reccuring highlight for us throughout the year- we’ve hosted each show live at our studio in Machynlleth, with Mike discussing seasonal themes and books with his always-fascinating literary guests from across the world. We hope that you’ve managed to join us for a few, and that the warm and intimate feel of these Salons has been transported into your homes.

We’ve supported a few arts festivals this year, by sponsoring and offering to livestream their events for free, in order to vastly broaden their reach during these times of reduced travel and audience attendance. Livestreaming has widened the possibilities of these events- we’ve hosted participants who couldn’t have possibly taken part otherwise, due to reasons such as self-isolation, personal logistics, and the fact that many people live too far away! Some of our speakers have been live from India, America, Ireland, and the UK. We’ve seen that many of the audience members have been watching from both nearby and far away. Facilitating these links and sharings has been very fulfilling, and we hope to go into 2022 facilitating many more.

Livestreaming Aberystwyth’s EYE photography festival was special- creating a connection between some of the industry’s most talented and revered artists and those invested in photography.

Barddas’ Gwyl Gerallt took place in a small room in Ty Newydd, but the experience of the festival was shared with many all across Wales. Poetry was recited, lectures were given, literary discussions were had and books were launched.

As well as facilitating public events, we’ve also hosted private ones, such as the dramaturg Kaite O’Reilly’s live R&D sharing of ‘The Land Is Calling Through The Body’- another creation which is only able to exist through the internet, as most of her collaborators are living in India.

If you would like to know more about our livestreaming facilities, contact us at info@culturecolony.com .

It’s not only our livestreaming services that have benefitted the artists and arts organisations that we’ve worked with - we’ve adapted the way that we work in order to meet the increasing need for flexibility. Many of the film and video productions that we’ve been a part of have had to reschedule time after time again due to circumstances related to Covid-19 and of course- as we’re in Wales- the weather! With more members in our team now, it’s easier to navigate the uncertainties brought upon us by the pandemic and unpredictable weather.

As always, we’ve been carrying on with our mission to create an archive of creativity in Wales through our documentation of artists. We’ve collected allsorts this year- artists such as David Nash, Shani Rhys James, Angharad Davies, Rick Bower, Jony Easterby, Owen Shiers and Nick Lloyd. We’ve made trips to film in both North and South Wales, and various parts of England. We’ve not even let a pandemic slow us down.

We wish you all the best for this coming year - and hope to connect with you all sometime soon.

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