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Ancient Connections

Show Time: 26/05/2020 2:00 pm

Wednesday 27 May

2.00pm Ancient Connections at Ty’r Pererin

Join artist-pilgrims at the culmination of their long journey from Ireland to St Davids on foot! An exciting, improvised performance by four performance artists: inspired by the people, landscapes and stories they met along the way.

Tickets £5 (includes tea & cake)

Rediscovering Ancient Connections

For hundreds of years the tiny city of St Davids was the most important site of pilgrimage in Wales, with two visits said to equal one to Rome and three the equivalent of making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

900 years since St David’s canonization, pilgrimages are enjoying a resurgence that has been said to rival their popularity during the Middle Ages. Boosted by TV programmes such as Pilgrimage: The Road to Rome and The Road to Santiago, around 200 million people across the world decide to embark on such journeys each year.

Ancient Connections is a new cross-border heritage project, which aims to unearth and rediscover the historic links and ancient stories that connect North Pembrokeshire in Wales and North Wexford in Ireland. One of these links is the relationship between St David and his protégé St Aidan who set up a monastery in the village of Ferns, County Wexford.

The Ancient Connections project team are exploring what a modern-day pilgrimage route connecting these two places and their saints could look like. Their vision is of a route that is welcoming to all irrespective of background or faith; something which isn’t necessarily religious or even spiritual, but provides an opportunity for reflection, connection and discovery. They will be trialling the route over the next few years in a number of ways and plan to start this coming Spring.

Artists’ Pilgrimage

In May 2020, four contemporary artists and a motley crew of pilgrims will follow in the footsteps of the ancient Celtic saints, voyaging across the Irish Sea from County Wexford in Ireland to St Davids.

The group, which includes a musician, poet, movement and visual artist, will produce new works of art inspired by their experiences, stopping off to give short performances and share stories along the way. This trailblazing tour is hoping to pave the way for other cross-border modern pilgrims between West Wales and Ireland’s Ancient East.

As in days of old the pilgrims will complete their journey on foot, winding their way along the rugged contours of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path until they reach St Davids. After a very modern community welcome, the transformational experience will draw to a close with artists participating in the St Davids Cathedral Festival on Tuesday 26th May. https://stdavidscathedralfestival.co.uk/

 

 

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