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2018: Our Year in Review

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As we come to the end of another year (no, we don’t know how it went so fast either!), we took some time out to look back on what we did in 2018 and then write about it! So here we are writing about all the great things we did, a little narcissistic perhaps but we’re just going with it, so all you lovelies can read about it! Go on, have a gander..


The Island Tour Oct-Nov 2018

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We did it! Fio's fully accessible production of The Island went up to Powys DanceLlandrindod Wells, down to Pill MillNewport, across to Ffwrnes,Llanelli, back to ChapterCardiff, up the M6 to The LowrySalford back down to Blackwood Miners’ Institute, Blackwood and finally to University of South Wales, Carmarthen and Oasis,Cardiff to showcase 'The Island' and what a show it was!

Fio's Island also went to HMP Usk and HMP Cardiff Prison and performed workshops for a collective total of 130 prisoners!

3 curtain raisers created and presented by local young people- with Caerphilly Youth Theatre, Young Identity and Fio's own Youth group.

6 venues2 prisons2 community spaces and 700+ audiences and participants!

We had some great audience feedback from this tour; it was all pretty insightful. 

We had some great responses!

 

It was a great way for us to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s centenary during Black History Month!

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Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement
— Nelson Mandeka
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Behind the Scenes..

Creating the change we want to see, Fio beat a personal target of having at least 50% of its team from a diverse background: 54% of The Island team (including partners) came from BAME backgrounds! This is sadly a rarity in the arts. So yeah, we’re pretty proud and stuff.

Pretty mad bunch over here but a diverse bunch nevertheless!

Pretty mad bunch over here but a diverse bunch nevertheless!


Special Announcements!


Massive congrats to our Artistic Director, Abdul Shayek, who was appointed as a member of the Arts and Creative Economy Group at the British Council!

His daily hustle was recognised by the British Council.

His daily hustle was recognised by the British Council.

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Additionally

Abdul was the Associate Director of the Channel 4 Documentary, 'Superkids' about young people in care, led by Lemn Sissay.
Watch here now



What did we do in 2018?

February:
 We launched Declaration, a new artist development programme open to artists from across the UK. Our 27 successful applicants underwent a week of masterclasses delivered by leading industry professionals. 15 went on to create and present 3 new pieces in The Sherman studio and 2 receiving opportunities with the BBC Writers’ Room Wales!


June:
 We continued our research and development work on The Orchard of Lost Souls at The Sherman Theatre, working with 5 female performers, 4 of which were of Somali heritage and had never worked professionally and 1 of Kenyan heritage.


August
We began work on the second part of our International project  Resonate, whereby we collaborated with 2 Indian artists and 3 UK based artists on the theme of Displacement. This project culminated in 2 performances at the Green Man Festival 2018.

We also delivered Fio’s Summer School, a two week drama school based in Splott that culminated in a response piece to ‘The Island’ @ Chapter Arts Centre.

We delivered citizenship training workshops at the University of Kingston.


September:
We recruited four new board members at Fio!


October

Abdul receives a special mention at the Achates Awards Evening in London.

The Island starts touring!


November/December

Fio moved offices from Maltings to The Old Library, Singleton Road in Splott

Fio had a great time writing this blog for you great people out there



Well everyone, safe to say it's been a great year for us at Fio! We have achieved a lot and learnt even more along the way. Now it's time to look forward to what the next year will bring! So from all of us at Fio, thanks for joining us on this journey.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US AT FIO. MUCH LOVE!

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US AT FIO. MUCH LOVE!

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