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riteofpassage acknowledges the support of all the funders and supporters who have made the 2010 festival possible


A series of 10 brightly coloured flags greeted visitors to Neyland in October 2010 marking “Migration: Echoes and traces” Neylands’ festival of community arts that took place in venues around the town from October 22- 29.

The flags, celebrating different aspects of the town’s rich, but largely hidden culture and heritage, were designed by the children of Neyland Community School working with Visual artist Pip Lewis and Illustrator Joelle Brindley.

see the full set of flag designs here

The festival marked a new phase of Rite of passage, a community heritage and public art project working to raise awareness of and celebrate 50 years of Irish immigration from Waterford and Cork through Neyland and on into South Wales.

As in 2008, the town library acted as a hub for the festival hosting 2 exhibitions and an opening night concert.

Young people from Neyland Youth Club worked with film-maker Sharron Harris and Visual Artist Pip Lewis to create work for a contemporary photographic exhibition at the library with the title “The way we see it”, an exhibition exploring their perceptions of Neyland.

see the exhibition photographs here

Composer and musician Helen Adam and George Whitfield, who play together as the duo “Fiddlebox”, worked together on “Salt in the Air”, a project involving pupils from years 5 and 6 in Neyland Community School exploring, writing and performing sea shanties.

These songs were performed in the library to an enthusiatic audience on the opening night of the festival alongside “Crossing the Water” a piece of new music composed for the last festival in 2008, and performed by the Cleddau Music Makers.

find out more here

Older members of the community were the focus for Christine Willison, a storyteller who spent the autumn gathering memories, stories, historical anecdotes and poems to be included in a collection entitled “Tales of Neyland”. Readings from the collection were given at a celebratory afternoon tea in St Clements Church Hall on Wednesday October 27.

The festival was planned by the Brunel Festival Association working in partnership with: spacetocreate community arts; members of the community and with the support of the Milford Haven Port Authority and Pembrokeshire County Council.

Download the festival flier in English here and the Welsh version here





marina (above) and

the fishing industry (below)

two of the set of ten flags created for migration:echoes and traces in 2010

see the full set here