Celebrate Summer Solstice the traditional way with Cadw

Wednesday 11 June 2014

Burial chambers dating back to the third millennium BC will be the setting for a series of events to celebrate the Summer Solstice as part of a project led by Cadw and the Arts Council of Wales.

  • Bryn Celli Ddu

    Bryn Celli Ddu

  • Celebrating the Neolithic at Bryn Celli Ddu

    Celebrating the Neolithic at Bryn Celli Ddu

  • Bryn Celli Ddu

    Bryn Celli Ddu

  • Bryn Celli Ddu

    Bryn Celli Ddu

  • Bryn Celli Ddu

    Bryn Celli Ddu

  • Bryn Celli Ddu

    Bryn Celli Ddu

The project ‘Horizons: Old and New’ will centre around Barclodiad-y-Gawres, one of the most significant Neolithic passage tombs in the British Isles and the impressive chambered tomb, Bryn Celli Ddu.

The project will culminate on the weekend of the Summer Solstice (Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22) with a series of events including a dawn celebration at Bryn Celli Ddu, hosted by the Anglesey Druid Order (around 4.30am on June 21).

Following the dawn celebration at Bryn Celli Ddu, visitors will have the opportunity to take part in a number of themed activities including flint knapping, pottery workshops and rock art demonstrations (11am-4pm).

There will also be talks and tours which will focus on the building of passage tombs and their relation to the movement of the stars.

John Griffiths, Minister for Culture and Sport, said: “This project celebrates two of the earliest monuments in Wales in a way that brings members of the local community together.

“Combining new technology and the arts with the fascinating history of these sites is a great example of Cadw developing new ways of bringing Welsh heritage to life.”

As part of the project, Cadw and the Arts Council of Wales have commissioned artists Awst & Walther to design a piece of artwork that will engage new audiences on rural Anglesey in north Wales.

From noon until sunset on the 21/22 June, Awst & Walther will be on-location at Barclodiad-y-Gawres to unveil the artwork and to host a series of performances and talks. Together with an invited group of philosophers, archaeologists, dancers and musicians, the artists will discover new ways of connecting to this significant Neolithic site.

In the build up to the Summer Solstice, Cadw will be delivering an innovative Lifelong Learning project with local school children who will make music inspired by Bryn Celli Ddu.

This will include recording a modern piece of music that uses electronic sounds and effects. The rock art found at Bryn Celli Ddu will be used as a graphic score to be interpreted using electronically enhanced sounds.

At Bryn Celli Ddu, visitors will also get the chance to work on a 3D modelling project called ‘Heritage Together’. The public will be encouraged to take pictures of Barclodiad-y-Gawres and Bryn Celli Ddu which will then be uploaded to the Heritage Together server. The images will then be used to create 3D models of both monuments.

“Anglesey is teeming with exceptional archaeology, and during the weekend over the Summer Solstice, visitors can really get a feel for these ancient sites,” said Dr Ffion Reynolds, Heritage & Arts Manager for Cadw.

“The project will create an extraordinary platform that connects individuals from different contexts: the international arts scene, distinguished academic circles and the local community.”

Manon Awst, of Awst & Walther added, “The project’s main objective is to bring a critical, creative discussion of a high-calibre – one that is typically confined to contemporary art and academic institutions – out into the public realm.”

“The juxtaposition between these ancient sites and contemporary critical inquiry is crucial to the project. The aim is to explore the gap of time and use it as a springboard to look into the future".

Please contact Dr Ffion Reynolds for further information.