International Performance Festival Cardiff

3rd – 22nd June 2014
Spheres of Influence / The Nature of Force by Hellen Sky
Welcome to this first edition of the International Performance Festival Cardiff. I hope during these three weeks the festival programme and even the festival book distributed across the city or downloaded at some place in the world will lead you to some new discovery: possibly a dead-end, but always with considered thought about how we can be better audiences, a better community, or how we can better understand ourselves.

Performance can refer to so many parts of our culture these days, from the work place to opera, stadium shows to TV. In their spare time or with their full time people dedicate much of their lives to this curious aspect of our culture and how we communicate with each other. Perhaps indeed there is a trace of something indefatigable in a few people gathering to share a song, or dance, tell a story. So how do we look at and learn from this art form?

What are its possibilities?

The artists brought together for this programme have each developed a practice that is responsive to certain communities and artistic forms across the world. I wish it can bring inspiration to what we might consider as new, exciting, and also possible, in how we live.

James Tyson, Director.


A festival pass to all events (excluding ‘Open Call’ events and subject to capacity) is £30 / £25 concessions. Tickets can also be bought for individual events. Please click the ‘Festival Programme’ link in the main menu for more information.


Chapter Arts Centre
Market Road
Cardiff CF5 1QE
029 2030 4400



We have made a free book to accompany the festival. You can find these at performance venues in the city, or below as a PDF.