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Literature Wales launches Dylan Live at Cardiff Airport

Today in Cardiff, travellers were treated to music and words from some of Wales’ top emerging talent as Literature Wales teamed up with Cardiff Airport to launch its Dylan Live project with a preview performance. 23 Jan 2014

Literature Wales launches Dylan Live at Cardiff Airport

Dylan Live is a 60 minute bilingual performance which traces the origins of hip hop back to Dylan Thomas’s trip to New York in 1952. The performance incorporates vinyl, jazz, beat poetry, hip hop and spoken word to explore whether Dylan Thomas recording his poetry onto vinyl during this trip can be seen as a precursor to the music genre.

The production is led by professor and jazz musician, Daniel Williams, against the breath-taking visuals of an exclusive film from Ewan Morris Jones. Performers include poets Martin Daws, Aneirin Karadog and Zaru Jonson, jazz musician Huw V Williams and hip hop artist Ed Holden, all of whom have been influenced by Dylan Thomas in one way or another.

The launch of Dylan Live took place at Cardiff Airport, where a collection of multimedia exhibitions have been installed to give visitors and residents a taste of the range of activities, attractions and heritage available to them in Wales. Other organisations that have used the area to promote their events include WOMEX, the World Stage Design festival and Llamau’s charity choir, Sing and Inspire.

Jon Horne, Chief Executive at Cardiff Airport, said: "Dylan Live explores the significance of one particular journey for Welsh culture, so our national airport was the perfect venue for its launch.

"Wales is a country so rich in cultural heritage and we’ve got some fantastic events taking place in 2014. We’re looking forward to working with many more organisations to help them promote their work to the world."

Lleucu Siencyn, Chief Executive of Literature Wales, said: "Launching Dylan Live at Cardiff airport is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Dylan’s journeys from Wales to America. His words are as popular outside of Wales as they are here. Dylan Live is a show that celebrates contemporary interpretations of Dylan’s work. Their journey has now begun."

Dylan Live is one of the components for Developing Dylan, which is part of the official Dylan Thomas 100 Festival celebrations which is supported by the Welsh Government’s Department for Education and Skills. The performance will be touring Welsh Universities from February 26 to March 27 and locations include Bangor, Lampeter, Swansea, Carmarthen, Wrexham, Aberystwyth, Cardiff and Newport. For further information on dates and venues visit www.developingdylan.com

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