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 for the Wales Artist and Freelancers Coronavirus Fund 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 for Kids