Unity Festival 2022

Join us over on Hijinx Mobile to watch performances from this year’s Unity Festival, as well as some exclusive content from the festival!

Looking back...

Unity Festival 2022 was our biggest Unity Festival to date, in both the amount programmed and the geographical reach of the festival. It spanned 2 weeks, heading from Cardiff to Bangor and then Llanelli. This year’s festival also featured performances on our digital platform Hijinx Mobile, created in partnership with Escena Mobile and the British Council.  

The festival began with a comedy night at Porter’s in Cardiff on 16 June and featured a lineup of international comedians who performed both in-person and via Zoom. The lineup included Chiron Barron (Canada), Julaina Heng (Malaysia), Dan Mitchell (Wales), Sha Rita (USA) and our very own Richard Newnham (Wales).  

We then held our first ever Unity Film Festival at Chapter from 20 – 21 June, which programmed 40+ film screenings, showcasing some of the best recent inclusive film work from Wales, the UK, Europe and beyond. The programme mixed features, shorts, premieres, panel discussions and other events. 

From 22 – 26 June there was a fantastic lineup of ticketed events at Wales Millennium Centre, as well as fabulous free street theatre outside the Centre and on the Hayes.

Mind the Gap perform Leave the Light on for Me on the Hayes. Image by Kirsten McTernan.

After Cardiff, we took a mini version of the festival to Pontio in Bangor, including a selection of films for the film festival, as well as lots of free street theatre, including The Astronauts and Grumpy Unicorns, our North Academy and North Young People’s Theatre performances, and Spanish dance group Danza Mobile’s En Vano. Unity Festival 2022 finished in Llanelli with another mini Unity Festival taking place from 1 – 2 July at Ffwrnes, featuring performances from our Mid and West Academies. 

The audience watches West Academy’s performance of Bag for Life in front of our Llanelli venue, Ffwrnes. Image by Kirsten McTernan.
What an incredible few weeks it was! We want to say a big thank you to Arts Council of Wales, Arts & Business Cymru, Brecon Carreg, Bad Wolf, Bangor University catering team and Students’ Union, British Council Wales, BFI, Castell Howell, Chapter, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Ffwrnes, Ffwrnes Café, Film Hub Wales, Gig Buddies Cymru, The Hayes, JR Coach Hire, Mencap Cymru, Morrisons Foundation, The National Lottery, Pontio Bangor, Porter’s Cardiff, the Rayne Foundation, Severn Screen, St David’s Hall, Wales Millennium Centre and the Welsh Government for supporting us in making Unity Festival 2022 happen!