This is your opportunity to join a once in a lifetime celebration that’s happening all over the UK in 2022. UNBOXED is bringing some of the world’s brightest minds together from across Science, Tech, Engineering, Maths and the Arts for a spectacular and unmissable programme of events and activities.
All events are free to attend, and there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Five of the ten projects are being presented at locations across Wales. On behalf of the Welsh Government, Creative Wales is the Strategic Delivery Body responsible for delivery of the Welsh national project, GALWAD: A story from our future, and is supporting all UNBOXED projects taking place in Wales.
Caernarfon, 30 March – 5 April 2022
Brought to Caernarfon by 59 Productions, the Poetry Society and Stemettes, About Us is an awe-inspiring celebration of human connection, telling the story of the most important event in our collective history: the Big Bang.
This free event will transform the centre of Caernarfon into a 25min light show. It will including cutting-edge projection-mapping technology, animation, music, poetry, art and live performance to create a spectacular large-scale public event that will change the familiar high street into an extraordinary new world.
Cardiff, Temple of Peace, 12 May - 18 June 2022.
Inspired by artist Brion Gysin’s pioneering 1959 invention - ‘the first art object designed to be viewed with your eyes closed' - Dreamachine is an immersive experience like no other; a magical journey to explore the extraordinary potential of your own mind. All you have to do is close your eyes.
Dreamachine will creatively explore the most fundamental human connection: how we perceive and create the world around us. As you close your eyes and immerse yourself in the extraordinary world of the Dreamachine, colourful visuals and film-like imagery, as rich as any digital simulations but created by and unique to you, will come to life to tell you your story.
Green Space Dark Skies
Gower AONB 13 May, Brecon Beacons National Park July (6 July), Anglesey AONB (6 August)
For Green Space Dark Skies, 20,000 people from all paths in life will become Lumenators, each carrying a low impact light into the landscape. Together, we will experience beautiful green spaces across the UK. Imagine thousands of lights making patterns on mountains, lakes and moorland across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. These lights will be sensitive to the night-time environment.
Led by outdoor arts experts Walk the Plank, up to 20 events will take place across the UK from April to September 2022. Green Space Dark Skies is a journey through our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), ending with a climactic closing moment across the UK that will be broadcast to millions. These are places that anyone can visit, any time, for free, but not everybody feels welcome there. This project is inviting people who don’t usually experience the countryside to take part and to share their stories – before, during and after.
Swansea, Civic Centre, 10 – 11 August and Newport, Central Library, 13 – 14 August
StoryTrails brings together augmented reality, new developments in 3D internet technology and the next generation of creative voices to shape one of the UK’s most ambitious living history and archive projects. Taking place in 15 towns and cities around the UK, StoryTrails will bring surprising and untold stories about the places where we live in an exciting and immersive way. StoryTrails is supported by the BBC, BFI and national libraries, and aims to inspire, collect and curate our histories.
Merthyr Tydfil, Swansea and Blaenau Ffestiniog, 26 September - 2 October
Coming in September 2022, GALWAD is a story set thirty years in the future which will unfold across TV drama, digital platforms and live events in three Welsh locations - Blaenau Ffestiniog, Merthyr Tydfil and Swansea over seven days.
GALWAD: A story from our future brings together Wales’ boldest talent in film and TV, creative technology and live performance with the imagination and talents of Welsh communities to create a new kind of multi-platform, multi-lingual story for our times.
A creative and ambitious act of collective imagination from and by Wales, GALWAD is inspired by the Well Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and will invite audiences to explore the moral dilemmas and possibilities of a different kind of future.