Prehistoric riches of north-east Wales brought to life in celebration of the Olympics

Wednesday 04 July 2012

Cauldrons & Furnaces, a series of high-profile events being delivered by the Welsh Government to welcome another strand of the Cultural Olympiad, is coming to Denbigh. Denbigh Castle will be brought to life on Sunday 8 July from 6.30pm to 9.30pm with Mantell, an event that tells a mesmerising story inspired by the prehistoric riches of north-east Wales and the wider British Isles.



The visitor will be taken on a journey through the castle and witness the story unfolding through storytelling, puppetry, animation, music, dance and fire sculpture — culminating at dusk in a magical and glowing finale. 

Mantell is one of eight Cauldrons & Furnaces events, which will tell extraordinary stories in extraordinary places at iconic Cadw sites from 16 June to 17 July. Thousands of young people will be sharing their nation’s colourful history from its mythical beginnings to modern times with visitors from all over the world.  En route they will discover the diversity, skills and talents of the 17,000 young people and artists taking part.

Cauldrons & Furnaces is a partnership between Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, and the Arts Council of Wales. The project is part of Power of the Flame, and has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity, which is creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding local talent to inspire creativity across the UK. 

Clare Williams, the creative events programmer of Cauldrons & Furnaces, said: ‘We’re really looking forward to what is set to be an outstanding performance at Denbigh Castle. The visitor to Denbigh will be invited to make a fantastical journey.  The story is to be told through puppetry, fire and film.  Visitors will be rewarded with a stunning and unforgettable spectacle.’

Sue Phillips from Denbighshire County Council, which is delivering the event for Cauldrons & Furnaces said: ‘Mantell tells a heroic story akin to Homer's Odyssey and inspired by the Mold Gold Cape, the largest prehistoric gold object yet uneathered in these islands. This event at Denbigh Castle is going to be a fantastic opportunity to share these tales and bring our rich cultural heritage to life. The young people of Denbighshire have worked incredibly hard towards the event and we’re all delighted to be part of these magnificent Olympic celebrations.’

Tickets are £2.00 each and are available from Denbigh Library — 01745 816 313.

For further information, visit the Mantell website.

Cadw has set a challenge for people to attend as many events as possible to be in with a chance of winning one of five Cadw annual family memberships.  For details of how to take part, pick up a Cauldrons & Furnaces leaflet at a participating site. 

For more information about Cauldrons & Furnaces and how you can get involved, visit our Cauldrons and Furnaces page or find Cadw on Facebook or Twitter.

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