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Waterfront supports annual dance festival

If you like dance, then you’ll love this weekend’s event itinerary at Swansea’s National Waterfront Museum.

Taliesin Dance Days takes place on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July featuring a diverse range of dance including international performances plus home-grown talent fromSwansea’s community dance groups.

Born out of a world-wide network of festivals of dance in urban environments, Dance Days will take place at Castle Square and in and around the Museum showcasing more than 50 dance performances.

Performing in and around the Museum will be the County Youth Dance Company (Wales), who will explore the potential of the gallery space to make a piece that responds to the collections, along with Rachael Mossom, Meibion, Duet for 3, Ballet Nimba and Criw Cymru.

“We’re delighted to be supporting Taliesin with this year’s Dance Days festival,” said Head of Museum, Steph Mastoris.  “Being part of the festival allows the performers to use the Museum’s spaces in very diverse and interesting ways, taking the exhibits and displays as inspiration for their creativity.”

Taliesin Arts Centre’s Sybil Crouch explains the motivation for the festival: “Taliesin has developed an audience for dance over the past 14 years and we are always looking to do new things and develop the interest in dance in the city.  Building on our commitment to showcase and celebrate contemporary dance, together with our commitment to international work and to develop new audiences, we planned Dance Days.

“This year we’ve got greater involvement with our partners at the National Waterfront Museum, enabling us to host more companies throughout the building and grounds, and from the City & County of Swansea who are providing us with staging in Castle Square – helping to give performances there a really high profile.  By taking dance out of a theatrical space, and by involving community dance groups as well as artistes of international renown we can create a real thirst for dance inSwansea.  We’re now just hoping for some more of last weekend’s sunshine, but have planned plenty of sheltered performances just in case!”

For more information about Dance Days visit or contact Stella Patrick, Marketing Manager on 01792 602429.

Admission to Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales sites is free thanks to the support of the Welsh Assembly Government.

Amgueddfa Cymru operates seven national museums across Wales. These are National Museum Cardiff, St Fagans: National History Museum, the National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon, Big Pit: National Coal Museum, Blaenafon, the National Wool Museum, Dre-fach Felindre, the National Slate Museum, Llanberis and the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea.