WALES’S ONLY INCLUSIVE ARTS FESTIVAL RETURNS TO WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE

Wales Millennium Centre, in partnership with resident organisation Hijinx Theatre, and Mencap Cymru, bring their annual Unity Festival back
for a fourth time from 27 June-5 July 2011.

Celebrating the best of inclusive theatre, Unity presents a packed programme of performances, workshops, talks and events in and around
Wales Millennium Centre by artists from Wales, England, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark, France and Germany.

Highlights of the performances in the Centre’s Weston Studio include:
* Award-winning Swiss choreographer, Anna Rothlizberger brings her company to Wales for the first time and opens the festival with Pez y
Pescado. The piece incorporates experienced dancers with and without disabilities. The performance is in collaboration with Danza Mobile of
Spain who will also perform Dame un Segundo on the final day of the Festival;
* Bradford’s award-winning Mind The Gap Theatre, featuring a full cast of learning disabled actors, present their take on John Steinbeck’s
powerful and touching tale ‘Of Mice and Men’; and
* Centre resident Hijinx Theatre present their latest touring production of Old Hands a bittersweet and nostalgic trip into the world of a 1930’s
seaside repertory theatre.

Unity Festival also has free performances throughout the week:
* Unity’s Angels will have a celestial presence at the Centre, but be prepared for some devilish goings on;
* They’ll be joined by Odyssey Invisibles, sleepwalking through the Centre;
* Mind the Gap Theatre’s chickens will be scratching around the Centre, desperately trying to escape celebrity chef Crispin Duck;
* Local Welsh comedian Dan Mitchell will host a Unity Cabaret Night; and * Scotland’s Marc Brew Company will perform a dance piece in a very
large bed.

To complement the performance programme there is an array of free workshops led by some of the top practitioners in integrated arts both
in the UK and Europe, many of which will lead to performances at the Centre.

This year’s Unity Festival follows a successful bid to the Arts Council of Wales’ new Festival Fund together with continued backing from Mencap
Cymru,

Ben Pettitt-Wade, Hijinx Theatre said: ‘The ethos of the Unity Festival is to present art and performance created by people with and without
disability, working together. We want to create work which is fun, possibly unusual but of a high quality, which can make any audience
smile, laugh, cry and cheer.’

Louise Miles Crust, Artistic Programme Manager, Wales Millennium Centre added: ‘We’re very proud to be able to work in partnership with Hijinx,
and Mencap Cymru, on the Unity Festival – Wales’s only inclusive arts festival. Unity Festival offers free performances, workshops and
headline acts under one roof. The warm and positive response to the Festival, and its on-going success, is testament to the affection in
which it is held by audiences and performers alike.’

For further information and to book tickets contact the Ticket Office on 029 2063 6464 or visit the website www.wmc.org.uk/unity

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