look back at digithon

A Look Back at Digithon 2020

As the country embarked on the first lockdown in March, uncertainty ruled. The creative industries closed down overnight and freelancers became inundated with notices cancelling work for the foreseeable future. In an attempt to use our platform to help those most in need, Wales Arts Review pulled a few all nighters to organise Digithon, an online festival aiming to raise money for our Wales Artist and Freelancers Coronavirus Fund. Here we take a look back at Digithon; at the music, performance, literature and other artistic forms that made up a successful and dynamic weekend of digital content.

The aim of the festival was to raise money for a set of bursaries to be paid out to artists and freelancers who had been dramatically affected by the cancellation of work and closure of venues in the efforts to curtail the spread of coronavirus. The arts industry in Wales has always been underpinned by an army of freelance and self-employed skilled professionals, many of which were (and of course, still are) facing months with no source of income during the initial lockdown in March. By organising and presenting a range of digital content from some of Wales’ top artists and visionaries, Wales Arts Review hoped to provide the industry a lifeline and alleviate some of the stress caused by the uncertainty of the pandemic.

Digithon raised £6450, every penny of which went to fund bursaries handed out to freelancers.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the great work produced through Digithon 2020…

Digithon Art

Sadia Pineda Hameed

Kate Mercer

Digithon Music

In:Flux 

The Soundscapes of Mark Albrow

La Forme

Digithon Lit

Arcade Poets

Max Boyce: The Incredible Plan

Gary Raymond: The Golden Orphans

Cynan Jones: The Three Tales

David Llewellyn: A Simple Scale

Samantha Wynee-Rhydderch

Tristan Hughes: Shattercone

Sarah Waters: The Paying Guests

Ifor Ap Glyn: Cyfandir O Gofio

Christina Thatcher: How to Carry Fire

Alys Conran: Happiness

Ailbhe Darcy: Insistence

Darren Chetty: Max Boyce’s Live at Treorchy Album

Digithon for Kids

Jennifer Killick: Crater Lake

Eloise Williams: Children’s Laureate of Wales

Literature Wales: Merythyr and the Biscuit Factory

Lucy Owens: The Sea House

Richard Owain Roberts: Hello Friend We Missed You

Owen Sheers: To Provide All People

Digithon Gigs

Keys @ CULTVR LAB

Goodparley

Martyn Joseph

Cwmwl Tystion @ Taliesin Arts Centre

Al Lewis

Ani Glass

Georgia Ruth

Songs From the Eye of the Storm

Eleri Angharad

Digithon Cinema

When Pride Came to Town 

Casey Raymond:What Will Future Humans Look Like

Nosa Eke: Something in the Closet

Tim Hawkins: That Makes Two of Us

Laura Kirwan-Ashman: Pxssy Palace

Ilenia Cotardo: Lemon and Elderflower

Caio Scot: After That Party

Robert Brown: Fire and Water

Sarah-Jane Drummey: 134

Efa Blosse Mason: Madryn

Adam Smith: Ultra

Movable Props

Creepy Pasta Salad

Digithon Drama

Tom: The Musical

Man to Man

Digithon Dance

Zosia Jo’s Fabulous Animal

National Dance Company Wales: Dancing Together Whilst Apart

National Dance Company Wales: Parade + Tundra